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Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa was introduced by Australia in April 2017 to replace the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa). The new visa aims to help businesses in Australia address skill shortages. It also involves some conditions that aim to prioritise Australian workers. Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa by March 2018.
Temporary Skill Shortage visa comprises two streams:

  • A Short-Term Stream of up to two years
  • A Medium-Term Stream of up to four years

Requirements and Conditions for Applicants

  • Minimum two years of work experience
  • A minimum IELTS score of 5 in each test component
  • Meet standard health requirements
  • Provide security clearance certificate
  • The applicants must be below the age of 45 at the time of application

Requirements for Employers>

  • The visa holders must be paid at the Australian market salary rate and meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT);  which means
  • Remuneration at or above $53,900 plus superannuation
  • There should be no discrimination between the visa-holder and an Australian employee in the same position.
  • Labour Market Testing: A non-discriminatory workforce test if the employers are discriminating against workers.
  • Contribute to the Skilling Australians Fund
  • AUD $1,200 for businesses with turnover < AUD $10m
  • AUD $1,800 for businesses with turnover >AUD $10m
  • The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will collect tax file numbers and the date will be matched with the Australian Tax Office’s records

Fees for a Single Applicant

AUD $1,150 for two-year visa
AUD $2,400 for four-year visa

To find out if you are eligible for Australia immigration, get a free assessment.

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