The 482 visa – or TSS visa – is a temporary Australian work visa designed to fill skill gaps in the Australian labour market. It enables you to work full-time for an approved Australian employer, in a nominated position which you are suitably qualified and experienced for.
The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa allows you to live and work in Australia on a temporary visa, for 1, 2, 3 or 4 years.
It has three streams: a short-term stream, a medium-term stream and a regional stream.
If you held a 457 visa prior to your 482 visa, you may be eligible for permanent residency transitional / grandfathering arrangements
The ROL has the same eligibility requirements as the MLTSSL, apart from the fact that the sponsor and the nominated position must be in a regional postcode.
Regional Occupation List postcodes are subject to change and can be found on the Department of Home Affair’s website.
The Department of Home Affairs makes changes to the shortage list based on industry and economic factors. However, a 482 visa occupation is ‘fixed on its list’ at the time of visa application. This means that your lodged 482 application will not be impacted if the occupation is removed from the list, during the processing time. It does mean that a future 482 visa may not be possible. Conversely, if you are nominated in an occupation on the STSOL and your job moves onto the MLTSSL, a permanent residency pathway may open up to you.
A pending 482 visa cannot be linked to a new nomination. This means that if you lodge your 482 nomination and 402 visa together and the nomination is refused, your visas will either need to be withdrawn, or they will also be refused. The visa application fees are non-refundable.
In the case you lodged the 482 visa whilst in Australia and you wish to re-lodge a new 482 application (and a new nomination), you will need to pay the visa charges again, along with the subsequent temporary application fee of $700 per person. Additionally, your sponsor will need to pay another SAF Levy.
If you hold a 482 visa and you are nominated in a different occupation (either with your current sponsor or with a new sponsor), you will need a new nomination and a new visa. This will count as your second onshore 482 visa.
As a 457 visa holder, you can be nominated through the 482 program. You do not need to apply for a new visa. The employer will need to hold (or apply for) approval as a Standard Business Sponsor, lodge a 482 nomination and link it to your 457 visa. Your 457 visa expiry date remains the same. This will NOT count as one of your 482 visas.
To find out more about applying for the 482 visa or becoming a Standard Business Sponsor, you can email or chat with a Registered Migration Agent at True Blue Migration Services.