For this stream of the visa, you must be sponsored to work in an occupation listed on the Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).
AUD 1,265 for the main applicant and for each dependant 18 years and over.
AUD 320 for each dependant under 18 years old.
There will be other costs for English language tests, health checks, police clearance certificates and biometrics.
This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for the period of time your employer nominates you for. This will be:
Broadly, an International Trade Obligation applies if:
If your visa is expiring and you want to stay in Australia to work for your existing employer:
Your employer may be able to sponsor you for permanent residence through the:
You can include other family members (called ‘secondary applicants’) in your visa application. The family members you can add will depend on whether you currently hold a subclass 457 or TSS visa.
You have not previously held a subclass 457 or TSS visa
If you have not previously held a subclass 457 or TSS visa, the secondary applicants you can include in your visa application are those who are members of the family unit.
You currently hold a subclass 457 or TSS visa
If you currently hold a subclass 457 or TSS visa and you are applying for a subsequent subclass TSS visa, the secondary applicants who can be included in your application are:
To be granted the visa, secondary applicants must be included in the main applicant’s nomination, or provide written evidence that the sponsor who nominated the main applicant agrees that the secondary applicant can be a secondary sponsored person.
You can’t add family members to your visa application after it has been submitted.
If you have submitted your visa application and it is being processed by the Department, family members that were not included in your visa application can lodge a subsequent entrant application.
Alternatively, if the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs have granted you a visa, family members may apply to join you in Australia later as a subsequent entrant.
Usually, you can be in or outside Australia when you apply for this visa, but not in immigration clearance.
However, you must be outside Australia if all the following apply:
If you are applying in Australia, you must hold:
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:
You and your family must meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws.
You must begin your employment within 90 days of:
You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.
The time you spend outside Australia does not extend the visa.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.
The Department of Home Affairs will send you a grant notification letter containing the visa grant number. You can use this number to check your visa details and conditions through VEVO.
Conditions attached to this visa include that you work in Australia only in the occupation you were nominated for and only for your nominating business or in some circumstances, an associated entity of the business.
Your family can also live, study and work in Australia.
There is no age requirement for this visa.
Be the holder of an appropriate visa
If you are applying in Australia, you must hold:
Have complied with previous visa conditions
If you are in Australia at the time of decision, you must have substantially complied with any conditions that apply or applied to your last substantive visa or bridging visa held.
Be nominated by an approved sponsor
Before you can apply for a TSS visa, your proposed employer will need to submit a nomination application for you. They will only be able to do this if they are an approved sponsor or have at least submitted an application to become a Standard business sponsor.
Your employer must have nominated you to fill an occupation specified on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).
Australian business sponsor
You must be employed:
Overseas business sponsor
You must be employed:
You might be exempt from this criterion if you have a certain occupation.
If you are the primary visa applicant, you must demonstrate that you have the skills and experience necessary to perform the nominated occupation.
Some applicants must undertake a skills assessment to demonstrate this.
If it is not mandatory for you to undertake a skills assessment, you are still required to provide other evidence to demonstrate that you meet these requirements. – see Skills and occupation documents under Step by Step tab.
If the nominated occupation is a medical practitioner, you must have your qualifications recognised by the relevant authority in Australia for the registration of medical practitioners as entitling you to practise as a medical practitioner.
You must have at least 2 years relevant work experience in the nominated occupation or a related field.
Such work experience must be completed while working in the nominated occupation or performing tasks at the same skill level in a related field.
Work experience gained in a related field would involve tasks which are the same or closely related to those of the nominated position you intend to work as outlined in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)..
Generally, you should have gained your experience on a full-time basis within the last 5 years. The period does not need to be continuous. The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs might consider equivalent part-time work. They do not consider casual work.
Other ways you may be able to demonstrate your work experience could include where you have gained your experience:
If the formal arrangement as specified above was:
Some primary TSS visa applicants must undergo a mandatory skills assessment as part of the visa application process. Applicants who fit into this category and the type of assessment required are outlined in the IMMI 18/039: Mandatory Skills Assessment—Subclass 482 Visa. Depending on your nominated occupation, this will be a skills assessment by Trades Recognition Australia or VETASSESS.
Important: where a mandatory skills assessment is required, it must be commenced before submitting your visa application or your application will not be valid and will not be processed. As a result, you will be asked to provide a relevant skills assessment reference number when completing your application form.
The mandatory skills assessment must have been undertaken or commenced within the 3-year period ending immediately before the day the TSS visa application is made.
You are encouraged to complete the skills assessment process before submitting your visa application to reduce processing delays.
You might be eligible to claim an exemption. Relevant exemptions are recorded under Part 2, section 7 of the IMMI 18/039: Mandatory Skills Assessment—Subclass 482 Visa.
Primary and secondary visa applicants are personally liable for healthcare costs while in Australia. Health insurance helps limit your financial liability.
You must maintain adequate health cover for the whole of your intended period of stay if you are granted this visa. Your insurance should cover you for medically necessary treatment, including transport. It will be a condition of the visa that you maintain adequate health insurance while you remain in Australia.
See a guide to what the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs consider adequate health insurance.
Learn more about health insurance for overseas visitors.
Reciprocal healthcare agreements
Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from the Department of Human Services about reciprocal healthcare agreement
You and any secondary applicants who apply for a TSS visa must meet the health requirement. The results of health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.
Important: You should organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application to reduce processing times.
You and family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the visa with you must meet character requirement.
Important: if you are sponsored by an accredited sponsor, you are not required to obtain police certificates from countries other than Australia provided you attach a reference from your accredited sponsor confirming that you are of good character and that you have not been convicted of any criminal offences. You must still, however, provide any required Australian police clearances where applicable or when requested to do so.
Be a genuine applicant for entry and stay as a short term visa holder
You must be a genuine applicant for entry and stay in Australia as a short term visa holder and have a genuine intention to stay in Australia temporarily and to comply with visa conditions attached to your visa– that is, you must be a ‘genuine temporary entrant (GTE)’.
Have not contravened ‘paying for visa sponsorship’ legislative provisions
Paying for visa sponsorship refers to asking for, offering, receiving or providing a benefit in return for a sponsorship related event, whether the event occurs or not. You or any secondary applicants must not have, in the past 3 years, engaged in any such conduct. You may still satisfy this criterion if you have engaged in such conduct, and the Minister considers it reasonable to disregard it.
Primary visa applicants must meet certain minimum standards of English language proficiency unless exemptions apply.
Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.
Have no debt to the Australian government
If you or any family members (including those who don’t apply for the visa with you) owe the Australian government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.
If you and any secondary applicants are 18 years of age or older, you must confirm that you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws when you agree to or sign an Australian Values Statement.
Before you apply
Things you will need to arrange before you apply could include obtaining a skills assessment, an English proficiency exam or undertaking a health assessment. You might also want to get help with your application.
Ensure your prospective employer has or will nominate you for a nominated position in their business.
You will need the Transaction Reference Number (TRN) for the nomination application that your employer has lodged on your behalf when you submit your TSS visa application online at step 3. You can request this information from your employer if you do not have this number.
You need a valid passport or other travel document for this visa. If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa.
If you get a new passport after you have lodged your application, update your passport details using ImmiAccount.
For some occupations and classes of applicants, it is mandatory to obtain a skills assessment, or have organised to obtain one at the time you apply for your TSS visa.
Check if you need to get a skills assessment for your occupation.
If you are required to undertake a mandatory skills assessment the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs prefer that the assessment is completed before you apply for the visa. However, you can apply once you have the skills assessment reference number. You will need to record the skills assessment reference number in your TSS visa application when submitting your online application. It cannot be submitted after you submit your application.
If you need to show you meet the minimum standards of English language proficiency, organise to take your English language tests. English language test results cannot be more than 3 years old.
You will need to have health examinations. You can complete them before you apply or you can wait until the Department of Home Affairs tells you to complete them.
Find out the examinations you need and how to arrange them before you apply.
Anyone can help you fill out forms or give you general help with your application. But you must letThe department of Home Affairs know if you want someone to:
Gather your documents
Documents you may have to provide could include documents for your identity, character, skills, work experience, health and English language skills.
Provide accurate information. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs need proof of your identity. If you can’t prove your identity:
Provide the pages of your current passport showing your photo, personal details, and passport issue and expiry dates.
Also provide proof of change of name, if this applies.
Documents that prove a change of name include:
If it is mandatory for you to provide a skills assessment or proof that you have arranged to obtain one
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs won’t process your application if you don’t provide this.
If you are claiming an exemption from undertaking a mandatory skills assessment because of an exemption specified in the legislative instrument you must provide relevant evidence with your application.
If it is not mandatory for you to undertake a skills assessment
You are still required to provide other evidence to demonstrate that you have relevant skills, qualifications and employment background to undertake the nominated occupation.
This may include, but is not limited to:
Where relevant, you must provide evidence from the relevant Australian registration or licensing authority (in the state or territory in which you will be working) that you hold or will be able to meet necessary registration or licensing requirements. The information relating to registration or licensing required must specify the type of registration or licensing held and the name and contact details for the registering or licensing authority. Your approved sponsor should be able to provide you with the necessary licensing and registration information.
Registration for Medical Practitioners
You must provide:
Curriculum vitae (CV) / Resume
Curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé that you provide must include full employment and educational history, including dates and positions held, for at least the last 5 years.
Employment references that you provide should cover a period sufficient to demonstrate relevant skill level. They must be on the letterhead of the employer and include:
Provide proof that you meet the minimum standards of English language proficiency.
You will need to provide evidence of adequate health insurance for you and any secondary applicants for the duration of your stay in Australia.
Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from the Department of Human Services about reciprocal healthcare agreement.
Provide an Australian police certificate if you have spent a total of 12 months or more in Australia in the last 10 years since you turned 16.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs only accept complete disclosure National Police Certificates issued by the Australian Federal Police. The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs do not accept standard disclosure certificates or national police certificates issued by Australian state or territory police.
For immigration purposes, Australian police certificates are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.
If you are sponsored by an accredited sponsor, you are not required to obtain police certificates from countries other than Australia provided you attach a reference from your accredited sponsor confirming you are of good character and you have not been convicted of any criminal offences.
The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will tell you if you also need to complete and provide the following forms:
Documents that prove your de facto relationship include: