Now that we are ten months from the introduction of the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa, we have an outline of what to expect in terms of visa eligibility requirements for those requiring Australian work visas. The TSS visa, replacing the Temporary Work (Skilled)(subclass 457) visa, will have two streams:
- a two-year work visa (the “Short-Term” stream); and
- a more specialised four-year work visa (the “Medium-Term” stream).
Duration of the TSS Visa
The Short-Term stream of the TSS visa will be granted for a period of two years and then it may be possible to extend this visa for an additional two year period.
The Medium-Term stream of the TSS visa can be granted for a four year period with potential for renewal.
Eligible Occupations for the TSS Visa
Two separate occupation lists which are already in existence will apply to each visa stream.
The Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) will apply to the Short-Term stream.
The Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) will apply to the Medium-Term stream.
The Australian Government has stated that both lists will be modified on 1 July 2017.
Pathway to Permanent Residency for the TSS Visa
The Short-Term stream of the TSS visa will not act as a pathway to Australian permanent residency through an Employer Sponsored visa. TSS Short-Term stream visa holders can only retain this visa for up to a four year period.
The Medium-Term stream of the TSS visa may lead to Australian permanent residency through an Employer Sponsored permanent visa. Visa holders will be able to apply after a three year period of holding this visa and employment with the nominating Australian business.
New Attributes of the Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa
The TSS visa will introduce stricter provisions for businesses sponsoring overseas workers under this program than were present in the 457 visa program.
Changes announced by the Australian Government so far include:
- compulsory labour market testing;
- a requirement for the visa applicant to have had a minimum of two years’ work experience; and
- a new non-discriminatory workforce test.
The Australian Government is still refining the exact criteria in relation to the TSS visa. We will need to stay tuned for the exact English language and potential age requirements for the new work visa commencing in March 2018.
The Government is also yet to announce the Income Salary Threshold for workers to be eligible under the TSS visa program.
We will keep our clients and contacts updated about the upcoming TSS visa.
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