The information in this video will help in understanding the 482 visa process. So, let’s see how the 482 visa process works. Those who are new to the 482 visa process, must know that this is a working visa of Australia that can be applied from any part of the world and offers a visa up to 4 years and eligible candidates can apply for Permanent residency after 3 years of their work and in some cases after 2 years. There is no age limit to this visa.

The 482 visa, which was previously called 457 visa is the most popular among employers and skilled applicants. There is total of 508 occupations and out of which 293 occupations are from the Medium-term stream list that can also offer Permanent residency under the current rules.

So, the 482 visa process or also known as the TSS process (temporary skills shortage) have three stages.

1. Business Approval

2. Nomination

3. 482 visa application



The Business approval process requires the employers to first take the sponsorship approval and there are three types of sponsorships for the purpose of 482 visa. Standard business sponsorship (SBS), the Labour Agreement or the overseas business sponsorship (OBS). The first type that is SBS is the most common and any Australian based business can apply this. If you needs to employ an overseas candidate within your organisation this would be the first choice. The Labour agreement is mainly for those Australian businesses that employ overseas candidates for other unrelated businesses. For example, labour-hire companies. There is a separate Labour agreement for Temples to sponsor ministers of religion or DAMA to sponsor employees with additional exemptions. The OBS is for those businesses which are completely outside Australia but require to send employees to Australia as a part of some existing contract or to commence a new business. The overseas business is not required to be based in Australia.



The nomination is for each candidate. For example, the employer requires 5 candidates then they need 5 separate nomination applications. The nomination is a little critical as it may have different requirements for different occupations:

The nomination requires the sponsor to satisfy three main things. There are other requirements as well but these are the basic.

1. The labour market testing

2. Genuine position requirement

3. Financial Capacity of the business

The labour market testing means that the employer must look for the required skills in the local market first before sponsoring any overseas person. This may not be required in some cases. The position should be genuine and related to the business. The employer will be required to justify this. The business should have sufficient funds to pay its employees.


482 VISA

482 VISA Then comes the visa application. The visa application is also per applicant and the family members can be included in the same application. The visa allows the applicant to live and work in Australia for up to 4 years depending upon the occupation and can also be extended. This visa also offers permanent residency to the applicants working in the Medium list occupation via 186 Temporary Residency Transition Stream.

The processing time of Nomination and the Visa depends upon the occupation and depends on if the application is decision-ready or not. For example - As of today: Shortlist occupations – 4-8 months (or maybe longer) Medium list occupations – 2-4 months For Accredited Sponsors – 1-7 Days Priority skilled Occupations – 1-7 Days Changing employer – 1-7 Days

If eligible, all three applications can be done on the same day. I strongly recommend taking professional help as there are many minute things that require attention.

Cost The cost of the entire process starts from nearly $3000 and goes up to $10000. The cost calculations are based on four factors.

1. Business turnover

2. Number of years of nomination

3. Occupation list

4. Number of dependents

5. Previous visa application of the applicants or dependents.

SBS/OBS - $420 and this is a one-time payment for the duration of the approval.

Labour agreement – Nil

Nomination is $330, but for every nomination, the employer needs to pay SAF Levi calculated on the basis of business turnover and the number of years required for the nomination.

SAF payment - $1200 per year if company turnover is LESS than 10M.

SAF payment - $1800 per year if company turnover is MORE than 10M.

The visa cost depends upon the occupation list. We have two main lists at this stage STSOL and MLTSSL. Also for some onshore applicants, those applied for some specified visas onshore may need to pay an additional $700.

STSOL Occupations Applicant – $1290 Spouse - $1290 Child - $325

MLTSSL Occupations Applicant – $2690 Spouse - $2690 Child - $675 

  • Business must be Registered in Australia
  • Business has started trading in Australia
  • Business can be new or old
  • There is no minimum employee or minimum turnover requirement for business eligibility.
  • The position nominated by the business must be listed under STSOL or MLTSSL
  • Labour Market Testing – the business has made the effort to recruit a local employee by advertising the position at various recruitment websites (minimum two) for at least 28 days, but unable to find a right candidate.
  • Market salary rate – the foreign worker must be paid either the market salary rate or the TSMIT ($53900 + Super), whichever is higher.
  • Business must declare an estimated number of position they would sponsor during their Sponsorship period.
  • Police clearances
  • Health insurance for the 482 visa
  • The applicant must hold the required qualification for the position
  • The applicant requires minimum of 2 years of experience
  • Skills Assessment – For Trade occupations the applicant must commence the skills assessment process. Please note there is a provision to lodge the 482-visa application without having a positive skills assessment.

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  • English requirement
    • IELTS – minimum 5 each
    • OET – Score of at least ‘B’ in each of the four components
    • TOEFL iBT – iBT total score of at least 35 with a score of at least 4 for each of the test components of listening and reading, and a score of at least 14 for each of the test components of speaking and writing
    • PTE – Academic at least 36 in each of the test components
    • CAE – at least 154 in each of the test components.


English Exemptions

  • English exemptions are available for candidates having 5 years of English medium study,
  • your occupations require registration which is subject to some English requirement. Your registration is approved.
  • Business must be trading outside Australia
  • The business has not been registered or traded in Australia
  • There is a requirement for the business to place an employee to fulfil a project requirement (usually IT companies are eligible for this) OR
  • The overseas business requires to setup company in Australia.
  • The business should be capable of paying a salary as per Australian standards.
  • Maximum four years of visa can be granted for MLTSSL occupations
  • No limit on extension if the occupation is in MLTSSL.
  • Permanent residency pathway via ENS 186 TRT stream is available after 3 years. The applicant under old rules can apply for the Permanent residency in 2-year time.. (Those applicants who applied for his previous 457 before 18th April 2017 and that was approved).
  • Permanent residency is possible via skilled or other pathways as well.

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