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A Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 Visa allows a foreign worker to live in Australia and work for their sponsoring company for up to four years. 


There are three different streams of this visa.  These include the medium to long-term, the short-term and the labour agreement streams.    

Workers with occupations listed on the Medium to Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) will go through the medium to long-term or short-term skill shortage stream. 

If applying under the labour agreement stream, the sponsoring employer will need to enter into an agreement with the Australian Government to allow foreign workers to work in occupations that cannot be met with local labour and where standard temporary or permanent visa programs are not available.  This process is quite involved, but we can guide you at Christie Migration Agents through the entire process. 


The other avenue in the labour agreement stream could be through the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) program.  These agreements are located in certain regional areas in Australia and the employer will need to be endorsed to utilise a DAMA agreement.    

Under all streams, the process involves the sponsoring employer’s approval by the Department of Home Affairs to nominate and sponsor foreign workers. 

The sponsoring employer will need to then nominate the visa applicant for a TSS visa.  This nomination will need to prove there are no Australian citizens or permanent residents that could undertake the position.

The visa applicant will then need to prove they have the skills and qualifications required to perform the duties of the role.  Some occupations require registration with a specific registration board before they can be granted the visa, such as a teacher.  Some occupations may require a skills assessment from an assessing body in order to be granted the visa.  All occupations require 2 years of experience, unless an exemption is made under a labour agreement.

The TSS visa allows dependents of the visa holder to accompany them in Australia and provide work and study rights whilst they are eligible.

Once the visa is granted to the foreign worker, they cannot work for any other employers but the sponsoring employer.  If they change employer, they will be unable to start work with the new employer until they have a new employer with a new nomination approved. 

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