The TSS visa is the replacement of the old 457 visa with many new changes. This visa allows an Australian or on overseas employer to sponsor a foreign worker to work for their company up to 4 years.

There are different criteria’s applicable for an Australian registered business or an overseas entity never traded in Australia. The business needs to prove that they require a foreign worker to fill a position which cannot be filled by a local Australian citizen or permanent resident.

  • 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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