How do I apply for an Australian TSS visa?

by mapadmin : March 17th, 2018 TSS Visa

Australia is a great place to work and live.  While you are working in Australia you can experience the relaxed Australian lifestyle, climate and culture – and it can also look good on your resume.

If you are an employer looking to onboard an international worker, or if you are an employee trying to figure out your visa situation, the TSS visa could be an excellent option.

At MyAusPath we work with employer, HR Managers and visa applicants to make the complex TSS visa process straightforward and stress free.

About the TSS visa

The TSS Temporary Skills Shortage (Subclass 482) has recently replaced the popular 457 visa.

The TSS visa is designed to help Australian employers meet skill shortages in hard to staff occupations and locations.

The following will outline the basic requirements and processes involved in applying for the TSS Temporary Skill Shortage Visa, and help you find out where to get help.

TSS Standard Business Sponsorship

If a business is planning to sponsor an international worker for a TSS visa, they first need to become approved by Home Affairs as a Standard Business Sponsor.

During this process Home Affairs check that the sponsoring business is a legally operating Australian business or Overseas Business Sponsor, and that you will be able to meet sponsorship obligations.

Standard Business Sponsorship Training Benchmark requirements have been replaced by the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy which is collected as part of the Nomination application. More information is contained in the Nomination information below.

A business that is approved as a Standard Business Sponsor has a number of sponsorship obligations, including:

  • Ensuring equivalent terms and conditions of employment for visa holders
  • Maintaining sponsorship records
  • Providing records to Home Affairs if asked
  • Informing Home Events when certain events occur (including change of name, registration, cessation of employment)
  • Not recovering or transferring certain sponsorship costs to another person
  • Paying travel costs to enable sponsored people to leave Australia

Standard Business Sponsorships are granted for a five year period in most cases.

An employer who is a Standard Business Sponsor can nominate multiple international workers to hold TSS visas.

Businesses who meet certain conditions may be eligible to apply for sponsorship with accredited status.

TSS Nomination

A business that is a Standard Business Sponsor can Nominate international workers to work in their business holding a TSS visa.

Employees can be nominated for the TSS visa if they have a job on one of the Eligible List of Skilled Occupations.

Nominations for international workers must meet rquirements including:

  • Non discriminatory work force test
  • Labour Market Testing
  • Genuine position requirements
  • Market Salary requirements, including the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold, and
  • Skilling Australians Fund Levy pyments.

At MyAusPath we assist employers with collecting documentation and providing evidence to meet Nomination requirements.

Employers Nominating employees to hold a TSS visa must pay the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) Levy as part of the Nomination application.

More information about the Skilling Australians Fund Levy is available on the Skilling Australians Fund Fact Sheet and from the Department of Education and Training website.

SAF Levy for businesses with turnover of less than $10 million per year:

  • TSS SAFL for businesses with turnover of less than $10 million per year –  upfront payment of $1200 per TSS visa employee per year.
  • TSS SAFL for businesses with turnover of more than $10 million per year –   upfront payment of $1800 per TSS visa employee per year.

 TSS Visa Application

As the name suggests, the TSS visa allows you to live and work in Australia temporarily (for either two or four years) through a sponsorship from your employer, if you have a job on the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Short Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL).

So the first step is to find an employer who is willing to sponsor you. This can be a a bit of process as the employer must have approval to sponsor and recruit overseas workers first before they are able to sponsor you.

In order to apply for this visa you must meet the following requirements:

  • be nominated by your employer
  • possess a skill or qualification on the MLTSSL or STSOL
  • meet English requirements for your MLTSSL or STSOL occupations
  • meet Genuine Temporary Entry requirements for STSOL occupations
  • have at least two years of work experience in your occupation, and
  • meet the health and character requirements

Some applicants for the TSS visa are required to have a Skills Assessment for their occupation.

TSS visa holders who have an occupation on the MLTSSL may be eligible to apply for Permanent Residency through the 186 or 187 Temporary Residence Transition Stream visa after they have worked for their TSS nominating employer for at least 3 years.

Including Family Members

TSS visa applicants can include depndent family members in their application for a 457 visa, including spouse/partner and dependent children.

It is also possible for current TSS visa holders or 457 visa holders to apply for their family to join them in Australia holding a TSS visa.

Family members need to meet health and character requirements, and your sponsoring employer needs to provide approval for the application for your family members.

457 Transition Arrangements

Permanent Residency Transition arrangements are in place for people who applied for or held a 457 visa prior to the introduction of the TSS visa.

457 visa holders who on 18 April 2017 held a 457 visa or on 18 April 2017 had applied for a 457 visa that was granted may be eligible to apply for the 186 visa through the Temporary Residence transition stream once they have worked fo their 457 nominating employer for two years.

Where can I get help?

The TSS visa is a new visa with different requirements to the old 457 visa. If you are an employer, employee or HR manager and you don’t know if you meet the requirements, your best option is to get some help.

Speak to one of the team at MyAusPath about how the TSS visa can help your situation.

About MyAusPath

MyAusPath is a full service Australian Migration Agency. We help individuals, business owners and HR managers to consistently achieve successful visa outcomes and we are registered with MARA so you know you can rely on our advice.

At MyAusPath we are here to give you friendly, efficient service to make the complex and constantly changing Australian visa application requirements simple and stress free for clients. We’d love to chat about how we can help you.

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