What Is A 482 Visa?

The Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) or “TSS visa” is a work visa that allows Australian employers to sponsor a person from overseas to work in their business in Australia. It replaced the 457 Temporary Work visa which has been abolished by the Australian Government a number of years ago.

The 482 Visa enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.

With the 482 Visa, there are two streams. A short term stream and a medium-term stream.


Short Term Stream

With the short term stream, you can stay for up to 2 years or up to 4 years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years. You need to have an occupation on the Short Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) to qualify for this stream.

In addition, you will need at least 2 years of relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field, have a relevant skills assessment if this is required for your occupation and meet minimum standards of English language proficiency unless you are exempt from needing to show this.

Medium-Term Stream

With the medium-term stream, you can work and live in Australia for up to 4 years. You need to ​​​​​​​​​​​have an occupation on either the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL) to qualify for this medium-term stream.

In addition, just like the short term stream, you will need at least 2 years of relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field, have a relevant skills assessment if this is required for your occupation and meet minimum standards of English language proficiency unless you are exempt from needing to show this.