Subclass 482

Temporary Skill Shortage visa - Subclass 482

Subclass 482 visa is a temporary work visa that allows Australian employers to sponsor an overseas employee to fill labour shortages.

These are the important changes that has been announced by the Department for the Subclass 482 visa. 

Employers wishing to sponsor foreign workers will be required to provide a minimum annual salary of $70,000.

The Department will remove limits on the number of Short-term stream TSS visa applications that visa holders can make in Australia.

This will assist those currently onshore who would normally need to go offshore to make further visa applications.

Changes will also be made to age exemptions for regional medical practitioner and high income earning applicants aged 45 years and over to allow for a two-year pathway instead of the current three-year requirement.

Based on the Migration Strategy released, all TSS (subclass 482) visa holders, regardless of whether they are sponsored in an occupation on the Short-term (STSOL), Long-term (MLTSSL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL) will have a pathway to permanent residency through Subclass 186 – TRT stream.

The Department will also reduce eligibility for the TRT stream from three years to two years employment with the sponsoring employer. Applicants will need to meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TRT stream of the Subclass 186 visa.

Aged Care Industry Labour Agreement can be used to:

  • Sponsor overseas workers for the Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa in direct care occupations such as:
    • Nursing Support Worker
    • Personal Care Assistant
    • Aged or Disabled Carer

Types of Subclass 482 Visas

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 with 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.

Subclass 482 Visa Eligibility

To become a Subclass 482 nominator, you must: 

  • Be a Standard Business Sponsor; 
  • Have a genuine position available in the business;
  • Nominate the worker for an eligible occupation
  • Undertake Labour Market Testing to determine that the nominator cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident with the skills and experience to fill the nominated position.
  • Pay the annual market salary rate;
  • Engage the nominee under a written contract of employment;
  • Not engage in discriminatory practices;
  • Employment conditions must be equivalent to Australian workers; and
  • There must be no adverse information known about your business or any person associated with the company unless it is reasonable for Department to do so. 

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 of 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 Subclass 482 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 and pay the SAF Levy Fee.

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.

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    any queries you may have

    What is an SAF Levy Fee?

    If you are an employer nominating an overseas employee to fill a position in your business under the Subclass 482 visa, you will be required to pay a Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy as part of the nomination application fee.

    Business size TSS visa ENS / RSMS and SESR visas
    Small (annual turnover less than $10 million) AUD1200 per year or part thereof AUD3000 one-off
    Other business (annual turnover of $10 million or more) AUD1800 per year or part thereof AUD5000 one-off
    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 are generally granted a bridging visa A (BVA) to allow you to remain in Australia while a decision is made. We recommend that you check your VEVO to understand all your visa conditions and restrictions. 

    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.

    Do I have pathways to PR?

    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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