Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa – Temporary Residency 

There are a number of employer-sponsored work visas but the most commonly utilised is the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa.  

The TSS visa provides temporary residence with work rights for up to 4 years and can provide a pathway to Australian permanent residence (see ENS transitional stream) without the need for a formal skills assessment after a qualifying period of 3 years. 

 Subclass TSS visa holders can: 

  • work in Australia for their sponsor for a period of between one day and 4 years (depending on their contract and their nominated occupation) 
  • bring any eligible dependants with them to Australia — dependants can work and study, without any restrictions 
  • after entering Australia, have no limit on the number of times they can travel in and out of Australia.


Main Specifications 

There are 3 processing stages when sponsoring an employee from overseas under the TSS visa programme:  

1) Sponsorship – The employer applies for approval to become a Standard Business Sponsor (SBS). 

2) Nomination – The employer nominates a prospective visa applicant for the nominated position within their business. The starting point involves a “labour market testing” phase of 28 days’ duration. Only after this phase can the employer offer a contract of employment to the prospective employee. The visa applicant must be paid a salary that is commensurate with the “market” rate that any Australian in a similar position would be paid. 

3) Visa applicationThe person nominated to work in the nominated occupation applies for the TSS visa. This is the final step to obtaining this visa pathway. 

These 3 stages do not have to be done in sequence; Putt Legal has the experience to do all at the same time to reduce delays. 


    Information for the Employer 

    If you are lawfully operating a business either in or outside of Australia, and you are seeking to sponsor an overseas skilled worker under the TSS visa programme, you must lodge an application with the department to become an approved Standard Business Sponsor (SBS). Then you must nominate a position to be filled. 

    Putt Legal’ s business department are specialists with employer applications.  

    Information provided above is a general overview of Employer Standard Sponsorship and Nomination applications. We encourage you to make an appointment with Putt Legal to discuss your particular circumstances. It is critical that you get the process right, otherwise, you risk a refusal. 

    Information for the Employee

    If you are an overseas skilled worker and have been nominated by a business that is an approved standard business sponsor that is lawfully operating either in or outside Australia, you can apply for a TSS visa. 

    To check your eligibility, please complete our online Employer-Sponsored Pathway assessment to find out if you are eligible. Attach your most recent resume with any qualification certificates, and one of our team will contact you soon. 


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