As per the latest immigration news on March 18, 2018 the 457 Visa has been abolished and has now been replaced by the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 Visa.
This change in the visa program will affect the staff members who are sponsored by an employer also the changes to the legislation are extensive.
Here is some important information for the employers regarding the TSS visa.
When do the Changes apply?
The changes will come into effect from March 18, 2018 onwards. After this date:
✍ Applying for a Subclass 457 Visa is not possible.
✍ The TSS subclass visa will replace the 457 visa.
What to do If I have already applied under the Subclass 457 Visa before March 18, 2018.
If you have applied under the Subclass 457 Visa before March 18, 2018 the application will continue to be processed. The application will be assessed as per the Migration regulations which have been applied before this date. If an application has be sent before 18 March, 2018 but there is no mention of any kind of linkage to 457 sent by this date then there the application will not be processed and the candidate will be issued a refund for the same.
What is the difference in the requirements for a TSS Visa than a 457 Visa?
There are some changes that have been made to the requirements list for application under a Temporary Skill Shortage TSS Subclass 482 Visa.
TSS Streams: An Overview
The employers can nominate under one of the three TSS application streams:
For applying under the short term stream:
Medium Term Stream
For applying under the Medium term stream:
Labour Agreement Stream
This stream is for those employers who have been able to negotiate a labour agreement with the Australian Government.
Work experience requirements for the TSS Subclass 482 Visa
For being eligible to apply for a TSS visa, the candidate should have a minimum of 2 years of work experience in a related field or in a nominated occupation. It used to be possible to apply under the 457 Visa without any work experience as long as the applicant had the relevant qualification which means that people with no work experience are not eligible to apply under the TSS Visa (for example International Students).
If the sponsorship is under the Labour Agreement scheme, a waiver of 2 year work experience requirement can be considered.
English Language Requirements for the TSS Subclass 482 Visa
✍ For the short term stream, language requirements are same as they were for subclass 457 Visa. An IELTS score of 5 with 4.5 minimum in all 4 bands.
✍ For long term stream, the English requirements are higher. A minimum of 5 in all the bands and a minimum of an overall 5 will not be sufficient.
Just like the 457 Visa, under the TSS the following countries do not need to take an English proficiency test.
✍ Passport holder from UK, Ireland, USA, Canada and New Zealand.
✍ People having studied for 5 years or more in an English medium.
✍ Have intra-company transfers where the base salary is $96,400 or above.
✍ Diplomatic/ Consular appointments.
For people applying under the Labour Agreement Stream, the requirements are not very extensive. The applicants need to show they have the English language skills as required by their profession without referring to formal English testing.
Health Requirements for the TSS Visa
To be eligible to get a TSS visa, applicants need to show that they don’t suffer from any serious medical conditions that are:
✍ of public health concern or a public health hazard
✍ might end up being bringing a significant cost to the Australian community
✍ might result in use of any scarce medical or community services
The TSS visa is subject to health criterion 4007.Which means that if the applicant has a health condition, they can be granted a visa as long as the community doesn’t have to pay the cost through a health wavier. Personal factors are considered. For example:
✍ Existing health insurance
✍ Financial capability
✍ Relative’s ability to provide the care needed.
The employer doesn’t need to sign an undertaking which means that the person won’t need to disclose their condition.
Changes to the Skilled Occupations Lists
The structure of the list for the TSS visa has been changed, find the new classifications below:
✍ The MTSSL: It contains the most high in demand occupations that make candidates eligible to apply for a 4 year Visa and gives them Permanent residence options.
✍ STSOL: This list contains occupations which are eligible for a TSS visa that’s valid for 2 years.
✍ Regional Occupations: This contains a list of occupations that are eligible for a TSS only if the applied position is located in a regional postcode and are also eligible for the permanent RSMS visa.
There have been no changes to the MLTSSL or STSOL, but the regional list has some occupations added to it meaning that earlier some occupations that weren’t eligible to apply for under the 457 visa may now be eligible to apply for under the TSS visa if the position is located in a regional area.
Work Restriction on a TSS visa?
The TSS Visas are subject to the condition 8607 which is:
Validity of the Temporary skill shortage Subclass 482 Visa with an adult child
If an adult child is accompanied by the applicant in then the TSS visa is valid until the child’s 23rd birthday.
The 457 Visa could be valid in some cases after the child’s 23rd birthday.
The TSS – Temporary Skill Shortage Subclass 482 Visa Fees
The application fee for the TSS visa varies with the stream that is applied for:
✍ Short term stream: $1,150
✍ Medium term stream: $2,400
✍ Labour agreement stream: $2,400
There are no fee increases for the nomination or sponsorship application at this stage.
A training Levy will apply to TSS nominations as per the announcement by the government and the following rules might apply once the legislation is passed on the same:
✍ For Large organizations ( With over $10 million turnover): $1,800 annually for visa validity.
✍ For Smaller organizations: $1,200 annually.
After the introduction of the training levy, the cost of the TSS visa will increase.
Can a 457 sponsorship approval be used for the Temporary Skill Shortage Program?
Yes an existing standard business sponsorship can be used to apply for the TSS Nomination and Visa application.
Training Requirement for Approval as a Business Sponsor?
Sponsors do not need to provide an evidence for training of the Australians in the business that is yet to be approved as a sponsor. This is due to the expected introduction of the training levy in the near future that will replace the training obligation.
The sponsorship obligation to the approved sponsors to provide training will continue.
Training will be relevant when applying for a permanent Employer Nomination Scheme Visas.
For how long is a TSS Sponsorship Approval Valid for?
If the sponsorship has been given after 18th March, 2018 then it will be valid for 5 years (in most cases). Before, it would be valid for a lesser time especially if the business is a start-up.
Changes in the Sponsorship Renewal Process
For sponsors who are currently have operations going on from Australia, a simpler and streamlined method is available after March 18th march 2018.
For the overseas business sponsors, a new application should be submitted every time and the streamlined isn’t an option here.
Labour Market Testing Requirements for TSS Subclass 482 Visa
As per the Labour Market testing requirements it is impossible to source an Australian labour market employee before sponsoring them for a visa.
For the TSS visa most cases require Labour Market Testing, with the exception to the application of an International Trade Obligation.
The Labour Market testing should be channelled within 12 months to be able to meet the TSS requirements from 18th June 2018 onwards; this should be done within the last 6 months before application.
Assessment of Market Rate Salary under the TSS Visa
The assessment of the market rate salary has been revised as follows:
The Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) is determined on the basis of the following process:
If an industrial instrument applies and the earnings of the Australian are given in that instrument.
If the candidate is relying on job advertisements for establishing AMSR, they should be:
✍ From a national recruitment website or from national print media. (In Englsih).
✍ Should tell about their specific salary arrangements for the position.
Changes in the Nomination Requirements
There have been many changes in the Nomination process. Find the changes listed below:
The concept of the Temporary Skill Shortage TSS Subclass 482 Visa is very similar to that of the 457 Visa. For assistance regarding the TSS visa and for information on how the changes will affect and impact your business.
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