About the TSS visa
The TSS visa is a temporary visa which permits the holder to live in Australia, while working full-time for the sponsoring employer, in the nominated position. Dependent family members can be included in the application.
The TSS is split into two streams:
1)Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) – a two-year visa with the option to re-apply for another two years, but with no pathway to Permanent Residence. This list will be reviewed every six months.
2)Medium-Term Skilled Occupations List (MLTSSL) – a four-year visa that can be renewed as long as the occupation is still on the list, and with a PR pathway after three years.
The nominated position must be listed on the Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations. Both the position description and the TSS visa applicant’s employment and education history must reflect the description provided by the Australian New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
The applicant must have the skills, qualifications and work experience required for the nominated position. Applicants will also need to meet English language requirements, unless exempted.
Health & Character
Health and character criteria will also need to be met. Police clearance certificates are required for every country in which the applicant has lived for 12 months or more since turning 16 years of age, within the last ten years.
How much will the TSS visa cost?
Sponsorship & Nomination
TSS visa (Short-Term stream) Visa Application Charges:
TSS visa (Medium-Term stream) Visa Application Charges
There are three steps to the application process.
A business must become approved as a Standard Business Sponsor in order to employ a TSS visa holder. To obtain a Standard Business Sponsorship agreement, the business must demonstrate lawful and active operation in Australia. This includes identifying the correct ABN to apply under, registering the business name, supplying Business Activity Statements (BAS) and financial statements, as well as showing a commitment to training Australian citizens and permanent residents and compliance with workplace and other Australian laws.
Following the SBS application, an employer must nominate a position within their business as one which must be filled by an overseas citizen. As part of this step, there are various requirements to be met:
in order to nominate an employee for a TSS visa, a business must demonstrate that they have a genuine need to do so. Evidence of labour market testing in the 12 months prior to making a nomination application will need to be supplied as part of the application.
The salary for the nominated position must be above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT). This threshold is set by DOH each year and is currently $53,900 plus superannuation. Furthermore, the proposed salary must be within the market rate for the role to ensuresthat the applicant will be paid in line with Australian employees in comparable roles.
Note: Some occupations will be subject to DIBP caveats that set a minimum remuneration level that is above TSMIT.
The introduction of the TSS visa brings with it a new Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy to be paid at nomination stage.
The amounts payable per applicant are set out as follows:
A business with turnover of less than $10M will pay $1,200 per nomination per year for a TSS visa. A business with turnover of more than $10M will pay $1,800 per nominee per year.
The charge will be calculated according to the number of years for which the visa is required, as set out in the nomination, and will be payable in full at this time.
For example: If the employee is applying for a four year visa, this will require all four annual payments to be made at the time of application.
Step three of the process is the visa application itself, at which time the nominee must demonstrate that they meet the requisite skill level for their occupation, as well as health and character requirements.
The sc. 457 visa was discontinued on 18 March 2018 and was replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage sc. 482 Vis.
Changes to Permanent Employer Sponsored Visas introduced in July 2017 and March 2018 mean that many people, including those currently on 457 visas, may no longer be eligible for ENS and RSMS applications.
Applicants currently need to be under 50 when they lodge to be eligible for ENS or RSMS.
From 1 July 2017, applicants for the Direct Entry Stream of ENS and RSMS will need to be under 45 when they apply.
From 1 July, all applicants for ENS and RSMS visas will need Competent English.
Work experience requirements has been increased for employer sponsored visas from March 2018 as follows:
People who will be affected by these changes:
From March 2018, only applicants with an occupation on the MLTSSL will be eligible for permanent employer sponsored visas. There may be some additional occupations for regional positions.
The MLTSSL has only 183 occupations, mainly in accounting, engineering, IT, medical and allied health and trades. Currently, approximately 70% of ENS and RSMS applications are for people in occupations which are not on the MLTSSL. 60% of 457 visa holders are in an occupation which is not on the MLTSSL.
This change will have a significant impact on applicants for ENS and RSMS.
From March 2018, a training levy will be payable when applying for an ENS or RSMS visa. The amount will be $3,000 for smaller businesses with turnover of less than AUD 10 million, or $5,000 for larger businesses.
If you held a 457 visa or had applied for a 457 on or before the 18th April 2017, which was subsequently granted, you may still have the opportunity to apply for Permanent Residence under ENS or RSMS-Temporary Residence Transition Stream under the old rules.
Temporary Residence Transition Requirements which apply:
All other applicants:
For visa holders who applied for a 457 visa after 18th April 2017 or a 482 visa from 17 March 2018, the new requirements will apply.
Employer Sponsored Migration (Temporary) Business Long Stay Subclass 457 and 482 visasGet In Touch
These visas are for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who live and work in Australia. It has three streams.
Note: transitional arrangements may apply to those who held a 457 visa or had applied for a 457 visa on or before the 18th April 2017, which was subsequently granted.
In this overview, we will only address the Temporary Residence Transition and the Direct Entry streams.
Current Permanent Employer Sponsored VisasGet In Touch
This is a permanent visa for employers operating in regional and low population growth areas of Australia, who want to sponsor skilled workers to fill skilled vacancies in their business.
To participate in the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, you must:
To apply for this visa, you must:
If you apply for the Temporary Residence Transition stream, your skills do generally not need to be assessed.
If you apply for the Direct Entry stream, you must:
There may be exemptions relating to age, skills and English language ability. These depend on your nominated occupation, salary and past work experience.
Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (Permanent) (Subclass 187)Get In Touch
This visa is for skilled workers from outside Australia or skilled temporary residents who live and work in Australia.
There are 2 stages to this visa.
To participate in the Employer Nomination Scheme, you must:
Temporary Residence Transition stream
Direct Entry stream
There are exemptions relating to age, skills and English language ability. These depend on your nominated occupation, salary and past work experience.
Employer Nomination Scheme (Permanent) (Subclass 186)Get In Touch
To prove that you have functional English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
To prove that you have vocational English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
To prove that you have competent English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
To prove that you have proficient English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
To prove that you have superior English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
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