Subclass 482

Subclass 482

Subclass 482 visa is a temporary work visa for overseas workers an Australian employer is sponsoring to fill a job that an appropriately skilled person cannot fill within Australia.

Visa Benefits

Benefits of a Subclass 482 includes as below:

  1. This visa provides an indirect pathway to Permanent Residency.
  2. This visa does not require an invitation to apply for a visa.
  3. The visa has a lesser English language requirement.
  4. Visa applications can be lodged offshore and onshore.
  5. Visa applicants can bring family members to Australia to accompany them.

Types of Subclass 482 Visa

There are three streams for Subclass 482 Visa. 

Short-term Stream

This visa enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers for a short period of time where employers can't source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.

Medium-term Stream

This visa enables employers to address labour shortages for up to 4 years by bringing in skilled workers where employers can't hire appropriately skilled Australian workers.

Labour Agreement Stream

This visa is for skilled workers nominated by employers who have a Labour Agreement. It lets you live and work in Australia temporarily. Labour agreements are developed between the Australian Government (represented by the Department) and employers.

Visa Eligibility

To be eligible for a Subclass 482 visa, you must be: 

  • Nominated to work in an occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations;
  • Have at least two years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field;
  • Have relevant skills, qualifications and employment background to perform occupation;
  • Have health insurance;
  • Have appropriate skills assessment;
  • Work only for your sponsor or associated entity, unless you are exempt;
  • Have functional English;
  • Meet health and character requirements; and
  • Be a genuine applicant for entry and stay as a short-term visa holder

Steps for application

STEP 1: Apply for Sponsorship

The sponsoring company needs to be a standard business sponsor to begin applying for a Subclass 482 visa. Our agents will work with the sponsoring organisation to apply for sponsorship.

STEP 2: Apply for Nomination

Once the sponsoring company has applied for sponsorship, the company needs to submit a nomination application.

Step 3: Visa Application

Once both sponsorship and nomination have been applied for, our Registered Migration Agents will apply for your Subclass 482 application and liaise with the Department on your behalf. We will ensure that all relevant documents are submitted at the time of lodgement to ensure faster processing of your visa application.

STEP 4: Undertake Health and Medical Checks

Once you have applied for the visa, we recommend that you undertake your health and medical examination once we instruct you to do so.

STEP 5: Wait for Visa Outcome.

Once all relevant documents are uploaded, we will wait for a visa application outcome and follow up wherever necessary.

Something else ?


    We are happy to answer
    any queries you may have

    How do I know which stream is right for me?

    To understand which stream is right for you, you will need to find an occupation that matches your qualification and employment and check which skill list it falls under. Only specified occupations on the lists are able to be sponsored under the 482-visa program. Alternatively, you can book a consultation with us, and we can assist in finding an occupation that matches your skills, qualification and experience.

    I have lodged my 482 visa – what happens now?

    If you are in Australia and have lodged a 482-visa application whilst on a substantiative visa without a condition 8503, you will be granted a bridging visa A (BVA) to allow you to remain in Australia while a decision is made.

    Can I apply for this visa offshore?

    Yes, you can apply for this visa outside Australia.

    Can I apply for this visa on a bridging visa?

    Yes, you can apply for this visa on either a bridging Visa A, B, or C

    How long is the visa valid for?

    The visa can be applied for up to 4 years. The employer can decide how long they wish to sponsor you for.

    Can I be sponsored by another sponsor?

    Yes – your existing employer will need to submit a new nomination.

    Can my family members work in Australia?

    Yes, they are usually granted full working rights upon the grant of visa. 

    Can 482 be extended?

    Yes, you can extend your 482 visa.

    Summary of cost estimates
    for your application

    We have summarised cost estimates for a Subclass 482 application.

    Temporary Activities

    AUD 420

    Paid directly to the Department of Home Affairs.


    AUD 330

    Paid directly to the Department of Home Affairs.

    Subsequent Application

    AUD 700

    Paid directly to the Department of Home Affairs



    Visa charges for each streams varies  between streams.



    Paid to the relevant authorities that issue medical checks of the applicants.



    Paid to the relevant authorities that issue police checks to the applicants.

    Processing Times - Short Term Stream

    75% of applications are processed in: 5 months
    90% of applications are processed in: 14 months

    5 months
    14 months
    3 months

    Processing Times - Medium Term Stream

    75% of applications are processed in: 3 months
    90% of applications are processed in: 7 months

    7 months
    71 days
    6 months

    Processing Times - Labour Agreement Stream

    75% of applications are processed in: 71 days
    90% of applications are processed in: 6 months

    Pathway to Permanent Residency

    You may be able to apply for Permanent Residence if your employer decides to sponsor you for:

    • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186); or
    • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187)


    If they are unable or unwilling to sponsor you for the above visa, you can look into:

    • General Skilled Migration Pathway;
    • Partner Visa Pathway;
    • Subclass 494 Visa, leading to a permanent visa.
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