TSS Visa Australia


TSS Visa Australia

Move to Australia on an Employer Sponsored Visa, known as the Temporary Skill Shortage Visa or TSS visa for short. Information updated for 2019 and 2020.

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa Australia – Subclass 482

2018 saw the official end of the 457-employer sponsored visa class. It’s replacement, the Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (TSS Visa Australia) has been designed to restrict the number of people converting from an employer sponsored visa into full Permanent Residency and Australian Citizenship while at the same time balancing the needs of Australian employers to be able to recruit International talent.

It’s still possible to convert from the TSS employer sponsored visa to but only in the circumstances outlined below.

What is the TSS Visa for Australia?

Holders of the TSS Visa (Temporary Skills Shortage) can live and work in Australia while working full time for their sponsoring employer and may be joined by their Partner and children.

In certain circumstances holders may be eligible to convert to Australian Permanent Residency status. .

Am I eligible for the TSS Visa Australia?

There are two parts to the new Australian TSS Visa:

If you have an occupation on the Short Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) you’ll be eligible for a TSS Visa lasting up to four years in total (the TSS visa for STSOL applicants is renewable once after two years so making four years).

If you have an occupation on the MLTSSL (Medium & Long Term Strategic Skills List) the initial visa is valid for up to four years and can convert into Australian permanent residency after three years.

Is my occupation eligible for an Australian TSS Visa?

Below you’ll find a combined list of all occupations currently eligible for the Temporary Skills Shortage Visa Australia.

Besides each occupation we’ve marked whether its on the MLTSSL or STSOL.

TSS Visa List

OccupationANZSCO CodeList
Accommodation and Hospitality Managers141999STSOL
Accountant (General)221111MLTSSL
Advertising Manager131113STSOL
Advertising Specialist225111STSOL
Aeronautical Engineer233911MLTSSL
Aeroplane Pilot231111Regional
Agricultural Consultant234111MLTSSL
Agricultural Engineer233912MLTSSL
Agricultural Scientist234112MLTSSL
Agricultural Technician311111Regional
Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber334112MLTSSL
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic342111MLTSSL
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics)323111STSOL
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical)323112STSOL
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures)323113STSOL
Ambulance Officer411111STSOL
Amusement Centre Manager149111Regional
Anaesthetic Technician311211STSOL
Analyst Programmer261311MLTSSL
Animal Attendants and Trainers nec361199STSOL
Aquaculture Farmer121111STSOL
Architectural Draftsperson312111STSOL
Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians nec312199STSOL
Art Teacher (Private Tuition)249211STSOL
Artistic Director212111STSOL
Arts Administrator or Manager139911STSOL
Automotive Electrician321111MLTSSL
Beef Cattle Farmer121312STSOL
Biomedical Engineer233913MLTSSL
Boat Builder and Repairer399111MLTSSL
Book or Script Editor212212STSOL
Building and Engineering Technicians nec312999Regional
Building Inspector312113STSOL
Business Machine Mechanic342311STSOL
Butcher or Smallgoods Maker351211STSOL
Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)342411STSOL
Cafe or Restaurant Manager141111STSOL
Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video)399512STSOL
Caravan Park and Camping Ground Manager141211Regional
Cardiac Technician311212STSOL
Cardiothoracic Surgeon253512MLTSSL
Careers Counsellor272111STSOL
Carpenter and Joiner331211MLTSSL
Chemical Engineer233111MLTSSL
Chemical Plant Operator399211STSOL
Chemistry Technician311411STSOL
Chief Executive or Managing Director111111MLTSSL
Chief Information Officer135111MLTSSL
Child Care Centre Manager134111MLTSSL
Cinema or Theatre Manager149912Regional
Civil Engineer233211MLTSSL
Civil Engineering Draftsperson312211MLTSSL
Civil Engineering Technician312212MLTSSL
Clinical Coder599915Regional
Clinical Haematologist253313MLTSSL
Clinical Psychologist272311MLTSSL
Commodities Trader222111STSOL
Community Arts Worker272611Regional
Community Worker411711STSOL
Company Secretary221211STSOL
Complementary Health Therapists nec252299STSOL
Computer Network and Systems Engineer263111MLTSSL
Conference and Event Organiser149311STSOL
Conservation Officer234311Regional
Construction Estimator312114Regional
Construction Project Manager133111MLTSSL
Contract Administrator511111STSOL
Corporate General Manager111211MLTSSL
Corporate Services Manager132111STSOL
Cotton Grower121211STSOL
Counsellors nec272199STSOL
Crop Farmers nec121299STSOL
Customer Service Manager149212STSOL
Dairy Cattle Farmer121313STSOL
Dance Teacher (Private Tuition)249212STSOL
Dancer or Choreographer211112STSOL
Database Administrator262111STSOL
Dental Hygienist411211Regional
Dental Specialist252311STSOL
Dental Technician411213STSOL
Dental Therapist411214Regional
Developer Programmer261312MLTSSL
Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist253917MLTSSL
Diesel Motor Mechanic321212MLTSSL
Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage)212312STSOL
Disabilities Services Officer411712STSOL
Diversional Therapist411311STSOL
Diving Instructor (Open Water)452311STSOL
Dog Handler or Trainer361111STSOL
Dressmaker or Tailor393213STSOL
Driving Instructor451211Regional
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor272112STSOL
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher241111MLTSSL
Earth Science Technician311412STSOL
Education Adviser249111STSOL
Education Managers nec134499STSOL
Educational Psychologist272312MLTSSL
Electrical Engineer233311MLTSSL
Electrical Engineering Draftsperson312311MLTSSL
Electrical Engineering Technician312312MLTSSL
Electrical Linesworker342211Regional
Electrician (General)341111MLTSSL
Electrician (Special Class)341112MLTSSL
Electronic Equipment Trades Worker342313MLTSSL
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General)342314MLTSSL
Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class)342315MLTSSL
Electronics Engineer233411MLTSSL
Emergency Medicine Specialist253912MLTSSL
Emergency Service Worker441211Regional
Engineering Manager133211MLTSSL
Engineering Professionals nec233999MLTSSL
Engineering Technologist233914MLTSSL
Enrolled Nurse411411STSOL
Environmental Consultant234312MLTSSL
Environmental Engineer233915MLTSSL
Environmental Health Officer251311Regional
Environmental Manager139912MLTSSL
Environmental Research Scientist234313MLTSSL
Environmental Scientists nec234399MLTSSL
Exercise Physiologist234915Regional
External Auditor221213MLTSSL
Facilities Manager149913STSOL
Faculty Head134411MLTSSL
Family and Marriage Counsellor272113STSOL
Family Support Worker411713STSOL
Fashion Designer232311STSOL
Fibrous Plasterer333211MLTSSL
Film and Video Editor212314STSOL
Finance Broker222112STSOL
Finance Manager132211STSOL
Financial Brokers nec222199STSOL
Financial Dealers nec222299STSOL
Financial Institution Branch Manager149914Regional
Financial Investment Adviser222311STSOL
Financial Investment Manager222312STSOL
Financial Market Dealer222211STSOL
First Aid Trainer451815Regional
Fitness Centre Manager149112Regional
Fitter (General)323211MLTSSL
Fitter and Turner323212MLTSSL
Flight Attendant451711Regional
Floor Finisher332111Regional
Flower Grower121212STSOL
Flying Instructor231113Regional
Food Technologist234212MLTSSL
Fruit or Nut Grower121213STSOL
Funeral Workers nec451399Regional
Furniture Finisher394211STSOL
Gallery or Museum Curator224212STSOL
Gardener (General)362211STSOL
Gas or Petroleum Operator399212Regional
General Practitioner253111MLTSSL
Geotechnical Engineer233212MLTSSL
Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower121214STSOL
Grape Grower121215STSOL
Graphic Designer232411STSOL
Gymnastics Coach or Instructor452312STSOL
Hardware Technician313111STSOL
Health and Welfare Services Managers nec134299STSOL
Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals nec251999STSOL
Health Information Manager224213STSOL
Health Promotion Officer251911STSOL
Helicopter Pilot231114Regional
Horse Breeder121316Regional
Horse Riding Coach or Instructor452313STSOL
Horse Trainer361112MLTSSL
Hospital Pharmacist251511STSOL
Hotel or Motel Manager141311STSOL
Human Resource Adviser223111Regional
Human Resource Manager132311STSOL
ICT Account Manager225211STSOL
ICT Business Analyst261111MLTSSL
ICT Business Development Manager225212STSOL
ICT Customer Support Officer313112STSOL
ICT Managers nec135199STSOL
ICT Project Manager135112STSOL
ICT Quality Assurance Engineer263211STSOL
ICT Sales Representative225213STSOL
ICT Security Specialist262112MLTSSL
ICT Support and Test Engineers nec263299STSOL
ICT Support Engineer263212STSOL
ICT Support Technicians nec313199STSOL
ICT Systems Test Engineer263213STSOL
ICT Trainer223211STSOL
Industrial Designer232312STSOL
Industrial Engineer233511MLTSSL
Industrial Pharmacist251512STSOL
Information and Organisation Professionals nec224999STSOL
Insurance Agent611211STSOL
Insurance Broker222113STSOL
Insurance Loss Adjuster599612STSOL
Intellectual Property Lawyer271214Regional
Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic411112STSOL
Intensive Care Specialist253317MLTSSL
Interior Designer232511STSOL
Internal Auditor221214MLTSSL
Jewellery Designer232313STSOL
Journalists and Other Writers nec212499STSOL
Judicial and Other Legal Professionals nec271299STSOL
Laboratory Manager139913STSOL
Land Economist224511MLTSSL
Landscape Architect232112MLTSSL
Landscape Gardener362213STSOL
Liaison Officer224912Regional
Library Technician399312STSOL
Life Science Technician311413STSOL
Life Scientist (General)234511MLTSSL
Life Scientists nec234599MLTSSL
Lift Mechanic341113MLTSSL
Livestock Farmers nec121399STSOL
Maintenance Planner312911Regional
Make Up Artist399514STSOL
Management Accountant221112MLTSSL
Management Consultant224711MLTSSL
Marine Biologist234516MLTSSL
Market Research Analyst225112Regional
Marketing Specialist225113STSOL
Massage Therapist411611STSOL
Materials Engineer233112MLTSSL
Meat Inspector311312STSOL
Mechanical Engineer233512MLTSSL
Mechanical Engineering Draftsperson312511Regional
Mechanical Engineering Technician312512STSOL
Medical Administrator134211Regional
Medical Diagnostic Radiographer251211MLTSSL
Medical Laboratory Scientist234611MLTSSL
Medical Laboratory Technician311213STSOL
Medical Oncologist253314MLTSSL
Medical Practitioners nec253999MLTSSL
Medical Radiation Therapist251212MLTSSL
Medical Technicians nec311299STSOL
Metal Fabricator322311MLTSSL
Metal Fitters and Machinists nec323299STSOL
Metal Machinist (First Class)323214MLTSSL
Metallurgical or Materials Technician312912STSOL
Middle School Teacher241311STSOL
Mine Deputy312913STSOL
Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)233611MLTSSL
Minister of Religion272211STSOL
Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer121411STSOL
Mixed Crop Farmer121216STSOL
Mixed Livestock Farmer121317STSOL
Motor Mechanic (General)321211MLTSSL
Motorcycle Mechanic321213MLTSSL
Multimedia Designer232413Regional
Multimedia Specialist261211MLTSSL
Music Director211212STSOL
Music Professionals nec211299STSOL
Music Teacher (Private Tuition)249214STSOL
Musician (Instrumental)211213MLTSSL
Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec234999MLTSSL
Naval Architect233916MLTSSL
Network Administrator263112STSOL
Network Analyst263113STSOL
Newspaper or Periodical Editor212412STSOL
Nuclear Medicine Technologist251213MLTSSL
Nurse Educator254211STSOL
Nurse Manager254311STSOL
Nurse Practitioner254411MLTSSL
Nurse Researcher254212STSOL
Nursing Clinical Director134212MLTSSL
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist253913MLTSSL
Occupational Health and Safety Adviser251312STSOL
Occupational Therapist252411MLTSSL
Operating Theatre Technician311214Regional
Organisation and Methods Analyst224712STSOL
Organisational Psychologist272313MLTSSL
Orthopaedic Surgeon253514MLTSSL
Orthotist or Prosthetist251912MLTSSL
Other Spatial Scientist232214MLTSSL
Other Sports Coach or Instructor452317STSOL
Paediatric Surgeon253516MLTSSL
Painting Trades Worker332211MLTSSL
Patents Examiner224914STSOL
Pathology Collector311216Regional
Performing Arts Technicians nec399599STSOL
Petroleum Engineer233612MLTSSL
Pharmacy Technician311215STSOL
Physicist ^234914MLTSSL
Pig Farmer121318STSOL
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon253517MLTSSL
Plumber (General)334111MLTSSL
Policy Analyst224412Regional
Policy and Planning Manager132411Regional
Post Office Manager142115Regional
Poultry Farmer121321STSOL
Power Generation Plant Operator399213STSOL
Precision Instrument Maker and Repairer323314STSOL
Pressure Welder322312MLTSSL
Primary Health Organisation Manager134213MLTSSL
Primary Products Inspectors nec311399STSOL
Primary School Teacher241213STSOL
Print Finisher392111STSOL
Print Journalist212413STSOL
Printing Machinist392311STSOL
Private Tutors and Teachers nec249299STSOL
Procurement Manager133612Regional
Production Manager (Forestry)133511STSOL
Production Manager (Manufacturing)133512STSOL
Production Manager (Mining)133513STSOL
Production or Plant Engineer233513MLTSSL
Program Director (Television or Radio)212315STSOL
Program or Project Administrator511112STSOL
Project Builder133112Regional
Property Manager612112Regional
Psychologists nec272399MLTSSL
Public Relations Manager131114Regional
Public Relations Professional225311STSOL
Quality Assurance Manager139914STSOL
Quantity Surveyor233213MLTSSL
Radiation Oncologist253918MLTSSL
Radiocommunications Technician313211MLTSSL
Real Estate Representative612115Regional
Records Manager224214STSOL
Recreation Officer272612STSOL
Recruitment Consultant223112STSOL
Regional Education Manager134412Regional
Registered Nurse (Aged Care)254412MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)254413MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Community Health)254414MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)254415MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)254416MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)254417MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)254421MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Medical)254418MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)254422MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)254425MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)254423MLTSSL
Registered Nurse (Surgical)254424MLTSSL
Registered Nurses nec254499MLTSSL
Rehabilitation Counsellor272114STSOL
Renal Medicine Specialist253322MLTSSL
Research and Development Manager132511STSOL
Resident Medical Officer253112STSOL
Residential Care Officer411715STSOL
Retail Buyer639211STSOL
Retail Pharmacist251513STSOL
Roof Plumber334115MLTSSL
Roof Tiler333311STSOL
Safety Inspector312611Regional
Sales and Marketing Manager131112STSOL
School Principal134311STSOL
Science Technicians nec311499STSOL
Secondary School Teacher241411MLTSSL
Sheep Farmer121322STSOL
Sheetmetal Trades Worker322211MLTSSL
Ship's Master231213Regional
Small Engine Mechanic321214MLTSSL
Snowsport Instructor452314STSOL
Social Professionals nec272499STSOL
Social Worker272511MLTSSL
Software and Applications Programmers nec261399MLTSSL
Software Engineer261313MLTSSL
Software Tester261314STSOL
Solid Plasterer333212MLTSSL
Sound Technician399516STSOL
Special Education Teachers nec241599MLTSSL
Special Needs Teacher241511MLTSSL
Specialist Managers nec139999STSOL
Specialist Physician (General Medicine)253311MLTSSL
Specialist Physicians nec253399MLTSSL
Speech Pathologist252712MLTSSL
Sports Administrator139915Regional
Sports Centre Manager149113Regional
Sports Development Officer452321STSOL
Sportspersons nec452499STSOL
Stage Manager212316STSOL
Stockbroking Dealer222213STSOL
Structural Engineer233214MLTSSL
Student Counsellor272115STSOL
Sugar Cane Grower121217STSOL
Supply and Distribution Manager133611STSOL
Surgeon (General)253511MLTSSL
Surveying or Spatial Science Technician312116Regional
Swimming Coach or Instructor452315STSOL
Systems Administrator262113STSOL
Systems Analyst261112MLTSSL
Taxation Accountant221113MLTSSL
Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages249311STSOL
Teacher of the Hearing Impaired241512MLTSSL
Teacher of the Sight Impaired241513MLTSSL
Technical Cable Jointer342212MLTSSL
Technical Director212317STSOL
Technical Sales Representatives nec225499STSOL
Technical Writer212415STSOL
Telecommunications Engineer263311MLTSSL
Telecommunications Field Engineer313212MLTSSL
Telecommunications Linesworker342413STSOL
Telecommunications Network Engineer263312MLTSSL
Telecommunications Network Planner313213MLTSSL
Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist313214MLTSSL
Television Journalist212416STSOL
Tennis Coach452316STSOL
Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanic323215STSOL
Thoracic Medicine Specialist253324MLTSSL
Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner252214STSOL
Transport Company Manager149413STSOL
Transport Engineer233215MLTSSL
University Lecturer242111MLTSSL
Urban and Regional Planner232611STSOL
Vascular Surgeon253521MLTSSL
Vegetable Grower121221STSOL
Vehicle Body Builder324211STSOL
Vehicle Painter324311Regional
Vehicle Trimmer324212STSOL
Veterinary Nurse361311STSOL
Video Producer212318STSOL
Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals nec211499STSOL
Vocational Education Teacher242211Regional
Wall and Floor Tiler333411MLTSSL
Watch and Clock Maker and Repairer323316STSOL
Web Administrator313113STSOL
Web Designer232414STSOL
Web Developer261212STSOL
Welder (First Class)322313MLTSSL
Welfare Centre Manager134214MLTSSL
Welfare Worker272613STSOL
Wine Maker234213Regional
Wood Machinist394213STSOL
Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers nec394299STSOL
Workplace Relations Adviser223113Regional
Youth Worker411716STSOL
List of occupations eligible for the Australia Temporary Skills Shortage Visa (TSS Visa Australia)

How often are the occupation lists reviewed for the TSS Visa?

TSS Visa Occupation Lists are reviewed frequently so they reflect accurately which occupations are in demand. There is never any guarantee that an occupation will stay on the list and changes frequently happen without notice.

Q. Do I need a job offer to apply for a TSS Visa for Australia?

A. Yes, the first stage in your TSS Visa journey is to secure an offer of employment and the role must fall under one of the categories in the list above.

Both the position description and the TSS visa applicant’s employment and education history must reflect the description provided by ANZSCO.

With this in mind it’s usual for an applicant to prove their experience and qualifications through the tried and tested Skills Assessment process. As a minimum, TSS Australia Visa applicants and required to possess a minimum of two years relevant work experience in their occupation.

Do I have to do an English test for a TSS Visa Application?

Applicants for the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand are not required to sit and pass an English test for their Temporary Skills Shortage Visa application.

Q. Is there an age limit for the Temporary Skills Shortage Visa Australia?

A. Unlike the Skilled Migration categories there is no upper age limit for the temporary skills shortage visa.

Will an employer pay for my relocation with a TSS Visa?
Each company and employment offer is different. For some technical and heavy weight roles full relocation is often provided.

Is there a medical for the Australian TSS Visa?
Yes, health and character criteria will need to be satisfied which means Police clearance certificates and medicals are required for ever applicant over 16 years of age.

Application process for a TSS Visa to Australia

1. Secure a job offer in Australia
2. The company must become an approved standard business sponsor
3. Employer nominates the position
4. Demonstrate Labor Market Testing (LMO)
5. Salary must be over AUD $53.900
6. Company must pay the skills fund training levy
7. Visa application

TSS Visa Standard business sponsorship (SBS)

To employ a Temporary Skills Shortage Visa holder an Australian business must first become an approved Standard Business Sponsor by demonstrating a ‘lawful and active’ operation in Australia. To meet these criteria a business will need to:

1. Hold a current ABN (Australian Business Number)
2. Registered their business name
3. Supply business accounts & activity statements
4. Demonstrate a commitment to training local citizens
5. Show compliance with workplace laws

TSS Visa Nomination

After the TSS Visa standard business sponsorship application an employer is free to nominate a role within the business which must be filled by an International Candidate although to do this they must demonstrate they’ve tested the local labor market. This process is called Labor Market Testing (LMO) and means an employer must be able to evidence they’ve placed two advertisements within the past six months for a minimum period of 21 days.

Minimum salary for TSS Visa holders

The minimum salary for those on a Temporary Skills Shortage Visa must be above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT). This threshold is currently $53,900. Also, the remuneration must be within the going market rate for the role.

TSS Visa Training Levy

Employers must pay into a new Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) at nomination stage with the amounts payable set out below:

The contribution is calculated according to the number of years for which the visa is required and will be payable in full at time of nomination.

Small businesses with turnover less than AUD $10M will pay $1,200 per nomination per year for a Temporary Skills Shortage Visa. With larger businesses contributing $1,800 per international employee per year.

TSS Visa application

Not until this final stage does the application focus again on the individual who at this time must now demonstrate they have the right skills, experience and qualifications for the role usually proved through the third party Immigration Skills Assessment process. The final stage being health and character checks for the applicants.

How does an employer sponsor someone on a TSS visa?
An employer must become an ‘approved business sponsor’. The business must be operating lawfully and satisfy certain other criteria. Once a business is an approved sponsor this status usually lasts for five years and other applicants can be sponsored.

Work Experience Requirements for the TSS Visa Class
Two years full time work experience in the nominated occupation (or closely related field) undertaken within the last five years although part time experience may be considered.

TSS Visa Condition 8607
The TSS Visa Condition 8607 means that Temporary Skills Shortage Visa holders who wish to change occupations (not employer) must have a new nomination approved and a new visa granted before they start work in a new occupation.

What are TSS Visa caveats?
Some TSS visa occupations are subjected to extra caveats. For example, the Government may specify that an applicant be sponsored by a business that turned over at least $1 million in the 12 months prior to the nomination being lodged.

Other examples of visa caveats include applicants being paid a higher minimum salary than applies to most TSS visas, sponsors being located in specific postcodes, sponsors having a minimum number of full time employees.

TSS Visa Processing Time

The Australian Government released many streamlining initiatives to coincide with the launch of the TSS Visa and its widely anticipated that the entire process could be completed in a two to three months. As the TSS visa is new for March 2018 we remain conservatively optimistic about the visa processing time.

Temporary Skills Shortage Visa to PR

If your occupation is on the MLTSSL for Australia then we can convert your TSS visa into PR after three years. However, if your occupation is on the STSOL list then it will not convert into PR at any stage.

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by Sandy on TSS Visa Australia

Thanks for the article. My TSS 482 application is in further evaluation stage from last 6 months. Is it normal to have such prolonged evaluation time?BTW, I have an accredited sponsor. This long evaluation time can effect my career in negative way. I am worried and confused to how to proceed now. Could you please suggest me what I should in this scenario. Many thanks.

by Hari Prasad Marhatta on TSS Visa Australia

thank you for the article, my age is 48 and working in the kitchen as a cook/chef for more than 20 years but I do not have a letter from all employer. but I have a letter from Australian company from last 4 years. some of then are parttime and casual some are full time. Can i apply for pr through mlts?

Hi Hari, unfortunately on this occasion Skilled Migration is not an option.

by Nicola on TSS Visa Australia
Converting to pr

Some great advice. I am looking at applying for a job as a intensive care nurse currently on MLTSSL list. I am 43 next year, to convert to permanent residency is the minimum 3 years before being able to transfer to pr or can it be fone before this, so i would still be under 45 when applying?

Hi Nicola, and thank you for your kind words. If I understand correctly you're considering moving to Australia on an employer sponsored TSS visa.

This TSS visa can transition to Permanent Residency although this conversion via the Transitional (TRT) Stream can only happen after three years of continuous work. Unfortunately due to age it would not convert to PR under current guidelines.

Have you checked your eligibility for PR from the start, as opposed to going out on a TSS Visa? Take our free visa assessment and I'll match you up with the right specialist who can assist further.

by EMMA D on TSS Visa Australia
Great article

Thank you for the article. I am a nurse with 1

years post grad experience. I worked as a health care assistant all through my training. I have a job offer from an Australian employer. Does anyone know if my experience suffices? I have a positive skills assessment and am registered as a nurse in Australia.

You have a positive skills assessment and are registered with AHPRA. Go for it!

by Almas on TSS Visa Australia
482 Spouse visa processing time

Hi, this is a very useful website.

Could you please tell me, how long is required for processing 482 spouse visa?

by Kate Wilson on TSS Visa Australia
Very useful breakdown of TSS Visa


Thank you for this very useful breakdown. Do you know if government departments such as Biosecurity Queensland can/will act as approved business sponsors? Thanks in advance for your advice!

Hi Kate, if you've been offered a great role do get in touch so we can assist further.

by Rajen on TSS Visa Australia


If an employer sponsors for a TSS short term visa for two years and converts to MLTSSL after two years, would the person be entitled to apply for PR after holding TSS visa 3 years in total (2+1) or does it require 3 years in MLTSSL category in addition to spending 2 years in short term visa? Is there a age restriction when we apply for PR under MLTSSL? Please advise !

If we understand the question you're asking 'if an occupation switches from the STSOL to the MLTSSL' would time spent in Australia on a TSS visa on an STSOL code count towards the MLTSSL criteria?'. If this is the question the answer is no.

by Elizabeth Hawkins on TSS Visa Australia
TSS to PR via MLTSSL and moving with older 'kids'

Great overview into what options are open.

My husband is looking to find his job in Australia, which happens to be currently on the MLTSSL. He is 47 so I believe the TSS route is the only option for him?

If successful we would like to move as a family and settle permanently in Australia, converting the TSS to a PR. However one of our 3 'children' is 18 and one other will be 18 in October 2019 (our youngest is 15). How possible is it that the whole process, from job offer (say by end March), could be finalised before October 2019, so 2 of the 3 could be deemed as our children. I'm asking this as I believe, as 18 year olds, they would need to make their own applications?

Alternatively would there be a route for them (as 18 year olds) via the 'Balance of Family'?

Kind regards


Hi Elizabeth and thank you for taking the time out to pose what is definitely quite a common scenario. We find that as clients get a little bit older Australian Immigration has a habit of throwing up some significant challenges.

The first point to consider is switching from the Employer Sponsored TSS Visa over to the Permanent Residency Stream, which is unfortunately a transition that's not currently possible.

by Colin Harvey on TSS Visa Australia


thank you for the website help it's been great!

Can i ask - if over on a TSS short term - once it's ready to expire can you apply to for a TSS medium (if the role of on the list? )

so bascially can you go from a short term to a medium term?

Hi Colin,
If the occupation is on the STSOL and is then upgraded to the MLTSSL then your eligibility changes at the same time so you are correct in your thinking although it may be requiring of a new application at the time. It remains to be seen which occupations (if any) will jump from the Short Term to the MLTSSL in January 2019. We'll keep this page update.
And thank you for the kind words and if there's anything we can help with in the meantime simply take the free visa assessment and someone will be in touch.

by Majd on TSS Visa Australia

Hello! Thanks a lot for the detailed information.
I am applying for the TSS STSOL and the employer has already applied to become an approved Standard Business Sponsor and for nominating me. The first question is, how much time does it take for the (Sponsorship and Nomination) steps to be accomplished? and does the 3 months processing time that you have mentioned include processing times for these steps or it is the time required for the visa to be processed?

Thank you for your kind words. Depending on the role and employer you may be able to request priority processing which can be done in as little as one to four weeks. The timeframe quoted is what we see on average for the actual visa processing component and can take longer with published timeframes now being five to nine months.

by Julee on TSS Visa Australia
Clinical Psychologist

Hello! If I want to apply for a TSS MLTSSL as a Clinical Psychologist 272311, is there a mandatory 2 year work experience required even with a positive skills assessment? If so, can you count clinical training that occurred after obtaining a Master while completing a Doctorate? (i.e. paid internship). If I am short on experience without being able to count training years, are there any waiver's or exceptions for this rule? I appreciate any insight you can offer. Your website has been quite helpful!

Dear Julie, thank you for your question:
All applicants are required to demonstrate that they have at least two years work experience in their nominated occupation or a closely related field.

If the applicant has not been working in precisely their nominated occupation, they must have been performing tasks at the same skill level in a related field.

The work experience should have been undertaken on a full-time basis in the last five years. Equivalent part-time work may also be considered if the applicants experience and skills are relevant and current, however it should be noted that causal employment will not count.

There is some flexibility in place to cater to certain industries to allow some periods of training or study to count towards this period of time for example:

As part of a Masters of PhD for relevant occupations in medicine and research or while studying through a formal arraignment (e.g. clinical/industry placement, internship or apprenticeship that is undertaken:

As part of a CRICOS registered course of study where it is relevant to the occupation (e.g for medical practitioners, experience gained through internships or the final year medical training, including periods of clinical placements; the internship components of the Professional Year Program)

Outside of a CRICOS registered course of study where undertaken at the skill level of the relevant occupation.

Since you already have a positive skills assessment prior to your clinical placement you would be undertaking the internship at the provable required level of equivalence.

Thank you for your kind comments

by Michele on TSS Visa Australia
From 457 to TSS

Hi, I read your article and I found it very complete so I would like to ask a question about the argument. I have applied on Nov 2017 for a 457 sub de facto visa and the visa is still in process. It would be possible to delete the request and apply for the TSS, and would be the processing faster than for the 457?

Thank you


Hi Michelle and thank you for your very interesting question.
The TSS visa is still in its infancy having only been formally launched in March 2018. However, in our opinion you may fare better in terms of timeframe on the TSS although your employer may favor sticking with the original application given the increased financial requirements.

by Puneet on TSS Visa Australia

Hi, i want to know that whether MLTSSL can lead to PR after 3 years or not. Will it matter if the occupation is on the list or not after 3 years. What if the MLTSSL occupation is removed before expiry of 3 years, in that case will the candidate be still able to apply for PR or not.


An occupation on the MLTSSL can lead to Permanent Residency after three years. The impact on occupations being removed from the list during these three years remains to be seen.

by Stuart McMillan on TSS Visa Australia
Property Manager

I was previously in discussions with a firm re sponsorship until my role 'Property Manager' was removed from the list in July 2017. This is now live again, but restricted to 'Regional' areas, however, on the Home Affairs website it is listed as a 'TSS M/T*', does this mean it is considered a medium term role and potentially could lead to Permanent Residency?

Hi Stuart,
Only occupations on the MLTSSL can qualify for Permanent Residency via the TSS Visa Stream. Property Manager is not eligible to convert to PR at this time.

by Claire C, London on TSS Visa Australia
Can I renew my Australia TSS visa?

Great website my friend used your services to emigrate to Australia recently and spoke very highly of you especially Alex.

I have a question. Can I renew my Australia TSS visa at the end of the timeframe?

Hi Claire, its always nice to be recommended.

The answer depends on whether your occupation is on the MLTSSL or the STSOL.

If your TSS Visa Australia is granted on a STSOL occupation its valid for two years and extendable once more for a further period of two years. So four years in total.

For visas granted on a MLTSSL occupation code its valid initially for four years although these visas can convert into Permanent Residency after three years.

by Chester W, Hertfordshire on TSS Visa Australia
Can I include my wife and children on my TSS visa application?

Great information on the new Temporary Skilled Shortage Visa.
Can I include my wife and children on my TSS visa application?

Thank you Chester for your kind words and question.
Yes indeed.
Spouses/Partners and children can be included in a Temporary Skills Shortage visa application as dependents. These dependents can live, work and study in Australia with you.

by Janice Stevens, Edinburgh on TSS Visa Australia
Am I too old for Australia work visa?

I am 48 years of age. Can I still apply for this visa?

Dear Janice, the new Australian TSS Visa launched in March 2018 as a replacement for the old 457 visa has no age limit as long as all the other caveats above are satisfied. For more information take our free visa assessment to speak to one of our TSS Work Visa Experts

by Melanie P, London on TSS Visa Australia
Can I switch a TSS Australia Visa over to permanent residency after three years?

Thanks for the information. Great article very clear and I love your website.
I am an advertising specialist. Can I switch a TSS Australia Visa over to permanent residency after three years?

Hi Melanie and thank you for the praise.
Unfortunately not. Your occupation code is on the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) which doesn't have a pathway through to eventual Permanent Residency.