Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482)

Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482)

The subclass 482 is a short-term visa that lets employers employ skilled workers (overseas or onshore) when they cannot find a suitable skilled Australian to fill the position. Subclass 482 visa holders can only work in eligible skilled occupations. The 482 program enables visa holders to stay in Australia for the purposes of employment for a period of up to four years.

482 visa program have 3 stages:

  1. Sponsorship: Employer is approved as standard business sponsor
  2. Nomination: The Employer nominates an occupation for applicant
  3. Visa Application: Applicant apply for subclass 482 visa

Subclass 482 have (TSS) have 4 streams:

Short-term stream:

Criteria:

  • Must be nominated by an approved sponsor.
  • Must nominate the applicant for an occupation specified on the STSOL.
  • Must demonstrate that he/she has relevant skills, qualification and employment background required to perform the job. Applicants may or may not require to undertake skill assessment based on nominated occupation (Some occupations have mandatory skill assessment requirements).
  • Must have at least 2 years’ experience in nominated occupation within the last 5 years.
  • Must demonstrate that applicant meets English requirements.
  • Must meet health, character and any other requirements as specified under legislation.

Long-term stream:

Long term stream offer pathway to Permanent visa (See subclass 186 – TRT Stream)

Criteria:

  • Must be nominated by an approved sponsor
  • Must nominate the applicant for an occupation specified on the MLTSSL.
  • Must demonstrate that he/she has relevant skills, qualification and employment background required to perform the job. Applicants may or may not require undertaking skill assessment based on nominated occupation (Some occupations have mandatory skill assessment requirements).
  • Must have at least 2 years’ experience in nominated occupation within the last 5 years.
  • Must demonstrate that applicant meets English requirements.
  • Must meet health, character and any other requirements as specified under legislation.

Labour agreement stream:

Criteria:

  • The nominated occupation must be part of the relevant labour agreement.
  • Must have 2 years’ experience in nominated occupation unless agreed otherwise under labour agreement.
  • Must demonstrate that he/she meets English requirements.
  • Must be nominated by the employer.
  • Must meet health, character and any other requirements as specified under legislation.

What is difference between STSOL and MLTSSL list under subclass 482 visa.

Occupation which comes under STSOL stream is normally eligible for a 2-year visa with no pathway to permanent residency, whereas occupations under MLTSSL are eligible for a 4-year visa with a pathway to permanent residency (Subclass 186).

I have worked part time; can my work experience be considered towards subclass 482?

Yes, relevant part time experience can be considered on a case to case and on a pro rata basis towards full time experience. For example, a 4-year part time experience (20 hours per week) can be considered as 2-year full time experience.

Do I need a skill assessment for Subclass 482?

It depends on your occupation and country of origin. Not all occupations require skill assessment.