This visa, referred to as the TSS visa, enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled workers where they cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian. It facilitates targeted use of overseas workers to address temporary skill shortages, while ensuring that Australian workers get priority. TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor under one of three streams:
You must have the skills to fill a position nominated by an approved business for an approved occupation.
One to four years – depending on your nominated occupation, the visa stream, and your circumstances. Please check the link Short Term and Medium Term List Skill Occupation List to find out under which List your occupation falls in.
This stream is available if your employer wishes to sponsor you (as an overseas skilled worker) on a temporary basis only in occupations listed on the Short-term Skilled Occupation list (STSOL) for a TSS visa – see lists of eligible skilled occupations on STSOL. It can be used to fill positions for a maximum of:
This stream is available if your employer wishes to sponsor you (as an overseas skilled worker) for periods of up to four years in occupations listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL) for a TSS visa see lists of eligible skilled occupations.
This stream is available if your employer wishes to sponsor you (as an overseas worker) and has entered into a labour agreement with the Department.
Before you can apply for a TSS visa, your proposed employer will need to lodge a nomination application for you. They will only be able to do this if they are an approved sponsor or have at least lodged an application to become a standard business sponsor. Further information below is provided for employers on the sponsorship and nomination processes.
There is no age requirement for this visa.
You must provide evidence that you meet the English language requirements.
You must provide evidence that you have the necessary skills, qualifications and employment background to perform the nominated occupation.
You must meet the health requirement. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months. This applies to all members of your family unit included in your application.
Important: You should organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application to reduce processing times.
You must meet certain character requirements. You must provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. This applies to you and all members of your family unit listed in your application.
Important: if you are sponsored by an accredited sponsor, you are not required to obtain police certificates from countries other than Australia provided you attach a reference from your accredited sponsor confirming that you are of good character and that you have not been convicted of any criminal offences. You must still, however, provide any required Australian police clearances where applicable or when requested to do so.
The TSS visa is for skilled workers who want to work in Australia temporarily. This visa involves a three-step process:
Step 1: a sponsorship application by the employer
Step 2: a nomination application for a skilled position by the employer
Step 3: a visa application by the proposed employee
The three steps above must be completed in order. You do not, however, have to wait for each application to be approved to move onto the next step.
This visa allows you to travel to and from Australia for the duration of your visa and:
You can generally be in or outside Australia when you apply. However, you cannot apply for another Short-term stream in Australia as the primary visa applicant if all of the below apply:
If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa, a subclass 010 (Bridging A) visa, a subclass 020 (Bridging B) visa or a Subclass 030 (Bridging C) visa.
Applicants holding a substantive visa with a no further stay condition might still be able to lodge an application in Australia for this visa in certain circumstances
You are able to make a valid (online) application for one of the visas listed below without formally requesting a waiver of your 8503 condition if you have a genuine intention to apply for a:
This is permitted under Regulation 2.05.
For the visa applicant (that is, the nominee) the costs are:
Note: your employer is required to pay for any costs associated with the sponsorship and nomination applications. These costs must not be passed onto you.
There is also a fee for additional family members who are coming to Australia with you.
You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.
Unless you are already an approved standard business sponsor or have executed a labour agreement with the Department, the first step to sponsoring an overseas worker for a TSS visa will be to apply to become a standard business sponsor.
For information on the nomination process, who can nominate, and who can be nominated.
You must provide all relevant documents and pay the nomination fee when you apply.
Your nomination is generally valid for up to 12 months from the nomination approval date, or until the earliest of the following occurs:
Your nomination must be in effect when a decision is made on the nominee’s TSS visa application.