Temporary Skill Shortage visa SC482

What you can do with this visa

  • Let a foreign skilled worker to fill in a position that an employer cannot find a suitably skilled Australian to fill.

How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa.

There are three main streams:

  • Short-term stream– up to 2 years or up to 4 years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies. Hong Kong passport holders may stay for 5 years. Eligible to re-apply for one further two years.
  • Medium-term stream– up to 4 years. Eligibility for renew or permanent residency after three years. See Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream – Employer Nomination Scheme visa- Subclass 186.
  • Labour agreement stream– Up to a maximum of 4 years. Your employer has to have a labour agreement with the Australian government in effect.
  • Subsequent entrant- ​​It is for family members of subclass 482 and 457 visa holders


Shared Criteria

  • No age requirement (To be eligible for PR stage- TRT stream, you must be under 45 years old, unless exempt. See Employer Nomination Scheme visa- Subclass 186 )
  • If applying onshore, you must hold a substantive visa or a Bridging visa A, B or C and have complied with previous visa conditions.
  • Be nominated by an approved sponsor
  • Work for your nominating employer
  • Have relevant skills, qualifications and employment background to perform occupation
  • must have at least 2 years relevant work experience in the nominated occupation or a related field.
  • Have a positive skills assessment
  • Have health insurance
  • Meet health and character requirements.
  • Be a genuine applicant for entry and stay as a short-term visa holder
  • Have not contravened ‘paying for visa sponsorship’ legislative provisions
  • Met certain minimum standards of English language proficiency unless exemptions apply.
  • Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
  • Have no debt to the Australian government

Short-term stream

Medium-term stream

Subsequent entrant

  • Have a partner or parent who holds a subclass 482 or TSS
  • approved nomination in relation to the primary applicant, must agree (or have agreed) in writing to include you as a family member in the nomination.

Common Visa Conditions

8303 – Not be disruptive

8501 – Maintain adequate health insurance

8607 – Must only work in nominated occupation

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