We are on top of recent changes to employer sponsored visas


The Department of Home Affairs, recently discontinued awarding the Subclass 457 visa. If this was the immigration pathway that best suited you, don’t panic. It has been replaced with a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa and much of the previous methods and conditions of attaining this visa are similar, although certain changes have occurred to the professions that are on the ‘Skilled Occupations Lists’. We can check whether or not you meet the requirements for a TSS visa once we have assessed all of the aspects of your eligibility.

The Employer Sponsorship route presents significant benefits for both the employer and employee which paved the way for the Department of Immigration to provide processing priority for visa applications in this category.

It is no secret that there is a shortage of skilled labour in Australia. There are three categories for Employer Visa Sponsorship.

  • the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa which replaced the Subclass 457 visa.
  • the Employer Nomination Scheme
  • new visas targeting ‘Regional’ Australia (see the ‘Regional Visa’ tab above for more information) and don’t forget that all of Australia (except Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne) is now classed as ‘Regional Australia’.


Sponsoring someone can be one of the best choices for your business as there are countless people who have the skills as well as the passion to fulfill the needs of your business.

There can be confusion surrounding Australian Employer-Sponsored Visa, especially regarding what is actually needed, so engage an ASC Migration today and we will provide the clarity you require.

Applicants, please complete a General Enquiry to get started on the basics of your suitability for a Regional, Skilled, or Employer-Sponsored Visa.

Employers – Please ensure you complete the Business Assessment below and we will then contact you pertaining to your requirements.






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The following is a brief summary of the new requirements pertaining to the TSS subclass 482 visa.

Applicants must be evaluated to confirm their eligibility before applying as these conditions can change or be varied without notice.

The eligible occupations lists have been refurbished by removing 216 occupations, placing 59 under conditions, and restricting 24 to the regional areas.

The new streams for the new work visa TSS subclass 482 will derive from the skilled occupation lists, the Short-Term List (STSOL), the Long-Term List (MLTSSL), the Regional Occupation List (ROL) and in some circumstances via a Labour Agreement.

Any TSS subclass 482 visa-based occupation from the short-term list, will be for the maximum duration of two years with only one extension onshore, but the applicant can apply for a further extension offshore.

A visa applicant subject to short-term list occupation will be required to satisfy the GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) criteria for the grant of a 3rd TSS subclass 482 visa.

Applicants must have 2-years of full-time paid experience in the relevant occupation. The English requirement is 4.5 in each band and 5 overall in an IELTS English test for this visa, and the holder will not be eligible for a permanent visa.

Any 482 visas, based on an occupation from the Long-Term List (MLTSSL), will be for the maximum duration of four years with unlimited extensions. It will also require applicants to have 2-years of full-time paid experience in the relevant occupation. The English requirement will be 5 for each band in an IELTS English test for this visa and the holder will be eligible for a permanent visa through a transition stream after three years of experience.

The employer-sponsored permanent visas, like ENS and RSMS visas, for a direct entry will now derive only from the long-term list. It requires 3-year experience relevant to the occupation. Also, in an IELTS English test the applicant must achieve a level 6 in each band, and the main applicant's age must be under 45, although exemptions will apply.

Also, anyone who is on a bridging BVA, BVB, or BVC visa, with no prior visa refusal or cancellation, may apply for a 482 visa.

The visa of any dependent child will expire at the end of the day before they turn 23.

The previously paid training benchmark is being replaced with SAF (Skilling Australians Fund). Any employer nominating a worker for a TSS visa, will be required to pay a contribution to the SAF up to $5000.

Some occupations, like cook and restaurant manager, will be affected the most, for being on the short-term list. While they can still be sponsored for 2 years by a restaurant on the 482 visa and gain another 2-year extension, they can no longer apply for a permanent visa.

Similarly, student graduates will also be affected, as the temporary or permanent visa sponsorship now requires at least 2-year full-time experience for TSS and 3-year for ENS and RSMS both for transition and direct entry.

To find out if this is the right visa pathway for your business please complete the form below.

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