Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa
Introduction – TSS Visa
The TSS visa programme enables business sponsors to nominate international employees for a period of up to four years depending on the occupation that is being sponsored.
If the occupation is on the Medium and Long-Term Stategic Skills List (MLTSSL) the TSS visa can be granted for up to four years with the ability for visa renewal onshore for a further four years with a permanent residency pathway available after three years.
If the occupation is on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) the TSS visa can be granted for up to two years with the ability for a visa renewal onshore for a further two years.
This visa is designed to assist businesses that are experiencing genuine skill shortages in their labour market.
The TSS visa is comprised of the following two streams:
- Short-Term Stream of up to two years
- Medium-Term Stream of up to four years
Eligibility Requirements – Sponsor
Labour Market Testing – the sponsoring employer will need to provide evidence that they have experienced difficulty in recruiting the nominated position in the local labour market. Exemptions to this apply if an international trade obligation applies.
Minimum Market Salary – employers are required to provide remuneration to the nominated employee that are no less favourable to what would be offered to an equivalent Australian employee performing the same role at the same location. The salary must also be above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) applicable at time of application.
Training Requirement – employers nominating a worker for a TSS visa are required to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund that has been established by the Federal Government. The contribution is $1,200 per year or part year for businesses with an annual turnover of less than $10 million and or a contribution of $1,800 per year or part year for any other business, the contribution is payable in full at the time of the nomination application.
Eligibility Requirements – Applicant
Work Experience – all applicants are required to have at least two years work experience relevant to the occupation being nominated.
Police Clearances – all applicants will be required to provide a police clearances for every country they have spent 12 months or more in, in the last 10 years.
English Ability – depending on the occupation being sponsored, applicants will need to achieve at least 4.5 on each band of the IELTS test (or equivalent) or at least 5 on each band of the IELTS test (or equivalent).
Certain occupations have caveats associated to them, meaning that if a business wishes to be nominated in a particular occupation that has a caveat further requirements must be met.
Some examples of the caveats imposed are:
- Turnover of at least AUD$1 million per years
- At least five full time staff
- Positions such as bookkeepers, accounting clerks or clerical workers will not be able to be sponsored under the occupation ‘Accountant’
The TSS Visa will come into effect in March 2018, and until the TSS visa is implemented, the subclass 457 visa will continue to be used by businesses wishing to sponsor skilled workers.
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