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Employer Nominated Visas - 482, 186

Temporary Skill Shortage Visa - 482

Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) or “TSS visa” is a work visa which allows Australian employers to employ migrants in their business to fill the skill shortage.
If you have the skills to fill a job position with an Australia employer who is looking to recruit you then you may be eligible for the the TSS visa.
There are three (3) streams to the TSS visa:
  • The Short-Term stream- upto 2 years visa
  • The Medium-Term stream- upto 4 years visa
  • The Labour Agreement stream
Applicants from certain countries may get extended period of visa.

The general requirements of the TSS visa are that:
  • You have been nominated for a job position by an Australian employer that wants to recruit you to work for them
  • You have the relevant skills and qualifications for your occupation
  • You have at least two (2) years of work experience in your occupation
  • You have vocational English language ability
  • You can satisfy DHA requirements for good character and health
  • If you are in Australia, you have a substantive visa, or a bridging visa A, B, or C and you have complied with your visa condition.

Employer Nominated Visa (Permanent) - 186

The Subclass 186 ENS visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers who have a nominating employer. The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) allows Australian employers to nominate skilled foreign employees to work in Australia on a subclass 186 permanent residence visa.
  • This visa involves a two-step process; a nomination by an approved Australian employer and a visa application by the skilled overseas worker.
  • Applicants can be in or outside Australia when they apply for this visa. Applicants must have a valid visa or a bridging visa A, B, or C to apply for this visa in Australia.

The Subclass 186 ENS visa (Employer Nomination Scheme visa) is a permanent residency visa that requires the sponsorship of a nominating employer. In summary:

  • You must have an occupations on the 186 Visa Occupations List
  • English language requirements are IELTS (or equivalent test) score of 6 in each component.
  • A maximum age requirement of 45 at the time of application will apply to Direct Entry stream applicants. A maximum age requirement of 50 at the time of application will continue to apply to Temporary Residence Transition stream applicants.
  • Integrity: A range of amendments have been introduced to enhance the integrity of the ENS visas, including through requiring the nominated position to be genuine, and removal of the English language and skills exemption for applicants whose nominated earnings would be over $180,000.

Three Streams:

The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for 457 visa /TSS 482 visa holders who have worked for two years/ 3 years for TSS visa (Medium term), while holding a subclass 457 visa/482 visa, in the same occupation with their nominating employer who wants to offer them a permanent position in that occupation.

The Direct Entry stream is for applicants who have not worked on a 457 visa/ TSS 482 Visa with their nominating employer for two years (3 years for TSS visa holders) but who are formally qualified in their occupation and have worked for at least three years at a skilled level in their occupation and their occupation is on the  186 Visa occupations list (Direct Entry).

The Labour Agreement stream is for applicants sponsored by an employer through a labour agreement.


Regional Visa - 494

Skilled Employer Sponsored (Regional) Visa - 494

  • Subclass 494 Skilled Employer Sponsored (Regional): replaced the 187 (RSMS) visa and commenced November 16, 2019.
  • The 494 visa has 10,000 places allocated per year. It requires employer sponsorship from a regional employer and the position must be likely to exist for 5 years.
  • It has a 45 year age limit (exemptions apply), competent English, RCB advice and must meet the AMSR. Visa applicants must have a suitable skills assessment and at least 3 years’ skilled employment.
Visa holders must commence work within 90 days of the visa being granted and must only work in your nominated occupation and only work for the nominating employer in regional Australia. If you do not, your visa may be cancelled.

Regional areas are defined as any area excluding Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Important change: Perth and Gold Coast are classified as regional areas.

Holders of the new provisional visas will also be unable to apply for most other skills based visas in Australia unless they have completed at least three years in a designated regional area, unless exceptional circumstances exist. Additionally, similar to current arrangements for the subclass 457 and 482 visa program, holders of the new provisional visas can be negatively impacted by sponsor non-compliance.

The permanent visa pathway is:

  • Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional): To meet the requirements of the permanent visa (from November 2022) applicants must have held a subclass 491 or 494 visa for at least 3 years, have complied with the conditions on that visa and have met minimum taxable income requirements. You must show earnings of at least $53,900 per annum for three years. Your partner can also be the main applicant for the 191 visa if they can demonstrate this criteria.
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