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482 temporary skill shortage visa document checklist

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Work & Skilled
Associate - Australian Migration Lawyer
May 3, 2024
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The Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa allows skilled individual applicants to work in Australia for a maximum period up to four years under the sponsorship of an approved employer. Its purpose is to mitigate labour shortages within the Australian market by facilitating the relocation of eligible workers in a nominated occupation to fill vacant roles. 

The available streams for a TSS visa

Introduced in March 2018, the TSS visa replaced the Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa and has since become one of the most commonly used employer-sponsored visas in Australia. The broad purpose of these visas is allowing employers encountering challenges in sourcing local workers by empowering them to sponsor eligible overseas individuals for positions they cannot fill. The TSS visa reflects the Australian Government’s endeavours to strike a balance between addressing skill shortages through skilled migration and safeguarding local employment opportunities, working conditions and wages within the same occupation type in Australia. TSS visa holders are allowed to remain in Australia for up to four years. Notably, there is no limit or cap on the amount of TSS visa holders or visas granted in any given migration program year.

The TSS visa scheme consists of three distinct streams (Short Term, Medium Term and Labour Agreement Streams). The Short Term stream (TSS visa) allows eligible skilled workers to remain in Australia for up to two years. The Medium Term stream (TSS visa) allows for eligible workers to remain in Australia for up to four years. The Labour Agreement stream (TSS visa) also allows eligible skilled workers to remain in Australia for up to four years, however, this stream is contingent upon the sponsoring employer having an established Labour Agreement with the Australian Government.

Additionally, the TSS visa does accommodate applications from 482 visa holders’ family members (such as a spouse, de facto partner or dependent children) either at the same time or after the primary applicant, allowing them to join the primary visa holder in Australia. 


The application process for a TSS visa 

The process for applying for TSS visas can be time consuming and occurs over multiple stages. A visa applicant will need the support of their employer in order to apply for a TSS (subclass 482) visa.

Before applicants are able to lodge their TSS visa applications, a sponsoring employer will need to satisfy various sponsorship and nomination requirements. In order to sponsor an eligible overseas applicant, the employer must hold Standard Business Sponsor status. This status lasts for five years and will only need to be satisfied the first time an employer seeks to sponsor an applicant. A sponsoring employer does not need to remain a Standard Business Sponsor to employ a TSS applicant, but must be one when they lodge a nomination. 

The second stage is the nomination, which primarily involves outlining the details of the position, satisfying the Labour Market Testing requirements set by the Department, and determining what the annual market salary rate is for the nominee. A nomination is valid for 12 months from the date of approval, during which the applicant must apply for their visa. A nomination must be undertaken each time a sponsoring employer nominates an eligible overseas employee. 

Once the sponsoring Australian employer has satisfied the sponsorship requirements and lodged a valid nomination, an applicant is able to proceed with their application. An applicant will be required to undergo various assessments including health and character requirements, demonstration of competent english and skills testing in limited circumstances. TSS applicants will then be required to gather all of the necessary documentation to support their application and submit it through the designated portal on the Department of Home Affairs website. Once the application has been received by the Department they may request that an applicant provide additional information or undergo other requirements. Once a decision has been made on the application, the Department will notify an applicant in writing. 

Should applicants or sponsoring employers need assistance with the TSS visa application process, an Australian Migration Lawyer is well-equipped to provide support and guidance during this period.

Applicant document checklist for a TSS visa

There are several documents which an applicant is required to provide when applying for a TSS visa. These include:

Identification Documents

  • Valid Passport
  • Birth Certificate 
  • National Identity Card (if applicable)
  • Documents that prove a change of name (if applicable)

Skill and Occupation Documents 

  • Comprehensive resume detailing work experience and qualifications
  • Proof of relevant qualifications
  • Required registration/licencing documents
  • Previous employment references
  • Job offer letter and related contracts
  • Skill assessment documents (if applicable)
  • English language proficiency documents

Any documents that are in a language other than English must be translated into English with both documents attached to your application.

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Employer document checklist for a TSS visa

In establishing their eligibility to be a Standard Business Sponsor, sponsoring employers will be required to provide evidence including:

  • Business registration documents (e.g., ABN registration certificate, ASIC extracts, Trust/Franchise details)
  • Financial documents (e.g., Profit and loss statements, BAS statements, bank statements)
  • Business operations documents (e.g., existing contracts, lease agreements, organisation charts)
  • Additional details for newly established businesses (if applicable)

To apply for a nomination, sponsoring employers will need to include the following documents in their application:

  • Identification of employee and employment location
  • Contract of employment
  • Proof of salary and working conditions
  • Proof of labour market testing
  • Proof that the position is genuine
  • Proof that any caveats requirements are met (if applicable)
  • Proof that an ITO applies (if applicable)

Additional documents for specific circumstances

Sometimes, additional documents may be required to be submitted with an application. These can include:

Health Insurance

  • Proof of cover
  • Proof of reciprocal healthcare (if applicable)

Character documents

  • Police clearance certificates (if applicable)
  • Signed Australian Values Statement

Documents of subsequent applicants (partners and dependent children)

  • Valid Passport 
  • Birth certificates
  • National Identity Card (if applicable)
  • Proof of dependency (if applicable)

Documents of relationship (for partners who are subsequent applicants)

  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Evidence of relationship (for de facto relationship) (if applicable)
  • Registration of relationship documents (if applicable)

Lodging the application

As stated above, the application process for a TSS visa occurs over multiple stages and can take time. At each stage, when the sponsoring employer or applicant is ready to submit and has gathered all of the relevant documents, nominations and applications can be lodged online through the designated portal provided by the Department. This is also where sponsoring employers and applicants can pay the various fees and charges associated with the visa application process. 

After submission

Once an application has been submitted, the Department will take time to review it. Applicants should be aware that the Department does not provide status updates on the progress of an application.

Sometimes, the Department will request additional documents or further information in relation to the application. They also can request that an applicant fulfils various additional requirements such as providing biometric data. However, the Department is not under any obligation to do this, and applicants should be aware that the Department reserves the right to make a decision on the information which has initially been provided to them.

If an applicant’s circumstances have changed, or a mistake in the application has been discovered, applicants should notify the Department as soon as possible. A mistake can be corrected via the submission of a Form 1023 notification of incorrect answers. 

Once the department has made a decision, the applicant will be notified of the outcome. If an application is successful, the applicant will become a valid TSS visa holder and receive their grant number, the date the visa begins and any visa conditions (such as the requirement to obey Australian laws). If an application is refused, the Department will inform the applicant of the reasons for the refusal and any avenues of review that are available. Applicants and Sponsoring employees will not be refunded any application fees if the Department refuses an application. 

Common application mistakes to avoid

The process of applying for a TSS visa can be confusing, often resulting in mistakes being made. These mistakes can affect the outcome of any application, so it is important that they are minimised where possible. Some of the common mistakes include:

  • Beginning any of the processes/steps out of order or before approval from the Department has been received. While some processes can be undertaken concurrently, a failure at one stage of the visa application process may undermine the other stages and is not generally recommended.
  • Deciding incorrectly on the nominated occupation. The Short-Term stream requires that the nomination is in relation to an occupation listed on the short-term skilled occupation list. The Medium-Term stream requires the nomination in relation to an occupation on either the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List or the Regional Occupation List. The Labour-Agreement stream requires that the nomination is made in relation to an existing approved labour agreement. It is also crucial that the tasks of the position align with the nominated occupation.
  • Not fulfilling the Labour Market Testing requirements set by the Department when making a nomination. This includes making 2 advertisements that must be active for a period of 28 days
  • Meeting the minimum salary requirements for the position which is nominated for but failing to determine the appropriate salary with reference to the Australian Market Salary Rate. 
  • An applicant not meeting the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) qualification requirements in relation to the occupation that they have been nominated for. This includes overcoming any caveat thresholds.
  • An applicant not having the relevant work experience in relation to the occupation that they have been nominated for.

Guidance from Australian Migration Lawyers

As this post has detailed, the process for applying for a TSS application can be complex and inherently presents pitfalls for applicants and sponsoring employers. This includes considerations about what documents need to be provided to the Department and when they need to be provided. While applicants and sponsoring employers can navigate this process alone, professional assistance from an Australian Migration Lawyer can help prevent mistakes, clarify the visa application process and provide guidance to ensure a smooth and successful 482 TSS visa application. This includes helping to ensure that sponsoring employers meet the eligibility requirements to nominate an eligible applicant, as well as ensuring applicants provide the correct documentation and forms to the department. An Australian Migration Lawyer’s assistance also extends to subsequent communications with the department and advice in relation to a visa application outcome. Furthermore, while a TSS (subclass 482) visa holder is not a permanent resident, an Australian Migration Lawyer can advise on different permanent residency pathways. One such pathway to permanent residency is via the Employer Nomination Scheme (Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream) as exciting changes on 25 November 2023 provided more equitable access to permanent residence, however there are several common pathways that are available, which an Australian Migration Lawyer can help explore if necessary.


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