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Work Visas

Work visas are for skilled workers whose occupation is on the Short Term Occupation List (STSOL) or Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).  Among other requirements, you may be eligible to apply for a Work Visa if you have been nominated by an approved Australian employer, meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements (unless you are exempt).

Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS) (subclass 482)

The TSS visa is a temporary visa that allows visa holder to live in Australia while working in the nominated position by the sponsoring employer.  To apply for this visa your nominated occupation should be on the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or the Medium Long Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).  If your occupation is on the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) you’re eligible to stay in Australia for up to two years that can be renewed for further two years. Applicants with occupations on the Medium Long Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) are able to get a four year TSS visa and will become eligible for an Employer Nominated permanent residence visa after 3 years, if your employer is willing to nominate you.  This visa allows you to bring your family with you to Australia.

 

TSS visa is a three stage process;

  • Sponsorship stage where the employer applies to be a sponsor and proves that they need to employ skilled people from overseas.
  • Nomination stage where the employer nominates the nominee it wishes to employ; and
  • Application stage when the prospective employee applies for the nomination that had been nominated for that person.

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186)

The ENS subclass 186 visa is a permanent residency visa for skilled workers.  The applicant can be in or outside Australia when this visa is applied. This visa allows you to bring your family with you to Australia. To be eligible to apply for this visa you must be nominated by an Australian employer. ENS subclass 186 visa has two streams, the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) Stream and the Direct Entry (DE) Stream.

Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) Stream

If your 457 visa was granted before 18 April 2017, you have been working with your sponsor for a minimum of two years and are under 50 years of age you maybe eligible to apply for this visa.  If your 457 or 482 visa was granted after 18 April 2017, your nominated occupation is on the Medium Long Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and have worked for your sponsor for minimum three years you can apply for subclass 186 visa.

Direct Entry Stream (DE)

To apply under DE stream you must have an Australian employer who is prepared to nominate you for a subclass 186 visa, your occupation should be on the Medium Long Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and have a positive skills assessment in your occupation.  Also you have worked for at least three years at the skilled level in your occupation and are under 45 years of age.

Among other requirements, the applicants should also meet English language, health and character requirements to be successful in this visa subclass.  An employer nomination must be lodged by the Australian employer on behalf of an applicant before a visa application is made.

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (RSMS) (subclass 187)

The RSMS subclass 187 visa is a permanent residency visa for skilled workers who wish to work in regional Australia.  The applicant can be in or outside Australia when this visa is applied.  This visa allows you to bring your family with you to Australia.  To be eligible to apply for this visa you must be nominated by an employer in regional Australia. RSMS subclass 187 visa has two streams, the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) Stream and the Direct Entry (DE) Stream

At DNA, we assist employers and visa applicants with each stage of the visa application process. Bbook an initial consultation with us to discuss more about work visas.