As announced by the Department on 18 April 2017, the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program will abolish and replace the 457 visa program from March 2018.
The new TSS visa program is a step to strengthen the integrity and quality of Australia’s temporary and permanent employer-sponsored skilled migration programs. Also, it will ensure that genuine skill shortages in their workforce are addressed and Australian workers have priority.
TSS visa requires the applicant to have at least two-year work experience in their skilled occupation.
The TSS visa has two streams:
Applicants with occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) are eligible for a visa with validity of two years.
It can only be renewed once onshore for a further two years.
There is no pathway for Australian permanent residency.
The short-term skilled occupation list will be assessed and updated every six months. Occupations may be added or removed.
Applicants must meet English language requirement, being an overall IELTS score of 5.0, with a minimum of 4.5 in each area.
A police check will be mandatory
It must be satisfied that the applicant is a ‘genuine temporary entrant.’
The applicants on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) will be eligible for a visa valid for up to four years.
It can be renewed onshore with the possibility to permanent residency after three years.
At least two years of relevant work experience is required.
An English level requirement of a minimum of IELTS 5 (in each) or equivalent.
Mandatory police check certificate.
Labour market test is made mandatory unless international obligation applies.
The TSS program will commence in March 2018.
If your occupation is on the STSOL and you apply before this date, you will only be granted a two-year visa.
Call us to find out how the changes might affect you and your eligibility for the new TSS Visa or write us at [email protected]