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TSS visa enables employers to address labour shortages by hiring skilled workers where they cannot find an appropriately skilled Australian. It facilitates employment of foreign workers to address temporary skill shortages, while ensuring that Australian workers get priority. TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation and may have a pathway to permanent residency.
A business can sponsor someone for this visa if they cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the skilled work. The business must be a Standard Business Sponsor (SBS) or an Overseas Business Sponsor (OBS) to sponsor you under the TSS visa.

You can be in or outside Australia​ when you lodge your application (or hold a BVA, BVB, BVC).

From 18 March 2018, the 457 visa was abolished and replaced with the TSS visa (Subclass 482). The TSS 482 visa is comprised of a Short-Term stream, Medium-Term stream and Labour agreement stream.

The TSS 482 visa involves a three-step process:

Step 1: a sponsorship application by the employer (the employer needs to be a lawfull, active, operating business and meet local labour and employment practices).

Step 2: The second part of the application process is the nomination application. This is regarding the position to be filled, salary details, efforts to hire Australian workers and the ‘genuineness’ of the position. The business must also be viable to sponsor from overseas.

Step 3: a visa application by the nominated employee. The visa applicant must demonstrate that they meet the skills required for their occupation as well as health and character requirements.

With the use of the Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482), also known as the “TSS visa,” an Australian employer can sponsor a foreign national to work for them in Australia.

The 19th of March 2019 saw the introduction of this specific work visa. It took the place of the DHA-abolished Temporary Work Visa Subclass 457.

You may qualify for the TSS visa if you have the abilities to fill a position with an Australian firm who is looking to hire you.

There are three (3) streams to the TSS visa:

  • The Short-Term stream
  • The Medium-Term stream
  • The Labour Agreement stream


The Consolidated Skilled Occupations list can be used to choose the stream that pertains to you. Your TSS visa will only be issued for a maximum of two (2) years if your occupation qualifies you for the short-term stream. Your TSS visa will only be granted for a maximum of four (4) years if your occupation qualifies you for the medium-term stream.