TSS Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa)

The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program will replace the 457 visa program from March 2018.

The TSS visa has a short-term stream and a medium-term stream. Applicants with occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) are eligible for visas of up to two years (renewable once, for a further two years), whilst those on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) can apply for up to four years (with eligibility for permanent residency after three years).

Click below for information on each stream.

TSS Visa Short-Term Stream

TSS Visa Medium-Term Stream

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Unlike the 457 visa program, some occupations are subject to caveats. For example:

• Applicant must be paid a higher minimum salary (eg $65,000 or $80,000)

• Nominated position must not include lower skill tasks

• Sponsor must be located in a specific postcode

• Sponsor must have at least five full time employees

• Sponsor must have an annual turnover of at least $1million

Employers planning to sponsor workers will need to become an approved ‘standard business sponsor’.

We can assist applicants and employers by managing the TSS visa application process from start to finish, liaising with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and ensuring the application has the best possible chance of success.

If you wish to make an application prior to March 2018, under the current 457 scheme, we can advise on how the changes will impact your visa grant and pathway to permanent residency.

To arrange a free consultation with a Registered Migration Agent, email or call (WA) 08 6189 5333 (VIC) 03 9038 9070.

For more information, see the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s recently issued fact sheet (PDF) and media release.

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