Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) & Medium and Long¬-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) Subclass 482

Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Medium and Long­-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) Subclass 482

Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) and Medium and Long­-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) Subclass 482

Subclass 482 visa has replaced widely known subclass 457 visa for both the TSS (Temporary Skills Shortage) & the MLTSSL (Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List.

The new visa

  • The TSS will consist of a short­-term stream and a medium­-term stream. Applicants with an occupation on the Short­-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) will be eligible to apply for a visa up to two years. They will have the option to have their visa extended for further two years. There would not be a pathway to Permanent Residency.

However, applicants with an occupation on the Medium and Long­-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) will be able to apply for a further visa for a period of stay of up to four years (6 years in total) and be eligible to apply for permanent residency after three years.

  • Visa applicants will need to demonstrate being a Genuine Temporary Entrant. This requirement will be considered met by the department unless an applicant has a history of holding multiple short-term visas within the last 4 to 5 years. The exact visas which fall within this short-term visa category are yet to be clarified by the department.

What will the new visa look like for sponsors?

  • Sponsoring employers may be subject to a new Non-Discriminatory Workforce Test.
  • Labour Market Testing (LMT) will continue to apply with existing requirements anticipated to be clarified, particularly, the length of time for which a position will need to be advertised, the methods considered acceptable for placements of advertisements and the circumstances allowing for exemptions in undertaking Labour Market Testing.
  • Sponsoring employers will be subject to a new training contribution charge for nominations. While legislation introducing the charge is still before parliament, it is foreseeable that employers who nominate workers under either the temporary or permanent skilled migration programs will be required to pay the nomination training contribution charge. Existing training benchmark obligations will continue to apply until the training contribution charge is formally implemented.
  • Accredited Sponsor Arrangements will continue, the department making clear revised sponsorship accreditation criteria will ensure that more sponsoring employers will benefit from the arrangements, including priority processing of nominations and associated visa applications as well as auto­approval of specified nominations.

What will the new visa look like overall?

Processing arrangements for the Subclass 482 visa will retain the existing 3 stage application process for subclass 457, consisting of sponsorship, position nomination and visa application. Similarly, streamlined arrangements will continue for sponsors and applicants to whom Australian international trade agreement obligations apply and priority processing will extend to applications the department considers low risk.