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Browsing through the different Visa types and their subclasses can get confusing for a lot of people. Especially with so many technicalities and niche details associated with each Visa type and different categories within it, along with different eligibility and selection criteria associated with them. This blog is especially being created for those people who become confused when it comes to Australia’s Subclass 480 and 482 Visa types. While both Visa types were conceptualised keeping in mind the need to address the temporary skill shortages in India, they do have significant differences in terms of duration, eligibility criteria, and other factors. In today’s blog, we will brief you on the differences between Subclass 480 and Subclass 482 TSS Visa. Continue reading to know the details of the same;


What are the Subclass 480 and Subclass 482 TSS(Temporary Skill Shortage Visa)?

Both of these subclasses are among the popular choices for temporary work Visas. Subclass 482 is the primary choice for Temporary work as it caters to multiple streams. Subclass 480 is for short-term visits which doesn’t need a sponsorship from an employer. But you do need to show your invitation, or support, by the organisation from the organisation you will be working for.

Both the subclasss are employer driven, helping to solve issues on both the demand and supply side for specialised work.


Subclass 400 visa (Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa: This mainly caters to people looking to do short-term, highly specialised and non-ongoing work (one with a fixed expiry date and no chance of extension in Australia), along with a chance to participate in work related to Australia’s interests. Or, to explain it simply, these are those people who have the requisite specialised skills, knowledge or experience not readily available in Australian provinces. It is generally sanctioned for 3 months in normal scenarios. But, it can be considered till 6 months in certain scenarios, given a strong case is presented for its need.

However, there is no minimum salary requirement. Still, applicants must demonstrate that they will be paid at least the market rate for their occupation. For more information and exact details, we would advise you to contact any Visa consultant in Delhi who can better assist you with the application process.

Note: Labour market testing for the same is not required, but applicants must show that their work will not adversely affect the employment or training opportunities of Australian workers.

The application fee for the same is AUD 405. You need to apply for the Visa from outside. It can get either single-entry or multiple-entry permission.

In addition to it you can include Members of the family unit in your application when you apply.

Keep in mind both you and your family members who apply for the Visa must meet the required health character requirements.

Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa is made for employers in Australia to sponsor skilled workers from overseas to fill positions that cannot be filled by Australian workers.

However, within this subclass, the stay period depends upon the various streams one is applying under.

What are the three streams under subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa?

There are three streams under this Visa:

  1. The Short-Term stream (STS,
  2. The Medium-Term stream and
  3. The Labour Agreement stream.

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There’s another stream of Subsequent entrants for the family members/ dependents of the TSS visa holders.

Each stream has different requirements ranging from eligibility criteria, level of English proficiency, the skillsets needed, and whether it offers the possibility of applying for permanent residency or not.

Mainly under the Short-Term Stream (STM), one can stay for up to 2 years or up to 4 years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies.

Under the Medium Term Stream (MTS), you are allowed to stay for up to 4 years. With other requirements like;

  1. Having at least 2 years of relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field.
  2. Have a relevant skills assessment (if this is required for your occupation).
  3. Whether you will work only for your sponsor or associated entity (unless you are exempt)


Similarly,  the Labour Agreement Stream allows an applicant to stay for up to 4 years depending upon the terms of the Labour Agreement offered by the employer, who must be signed up for the labour agreement with the Australian government,

The applicant must make sure to qualify for the position nominated by an approved sponsor for an approved occupation. And that your occupation ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ is on either the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL).

The employer is supposed to invite or support the application that any applicant will be working for.

The application fee varies depending on the visa stream and the applicant’s age. It typically ranges from AUD 1455( for short term) to AUD 3055(For medium and Labour Agreement Stream. Additional fees may apply for sponsors.

While these are only the basic details of both the visa subclasses, there may be other requirements regarding the applicants to meet the minimum salary requirement, which is the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) of $53,900 per annum unless they earn more than $180,000 per annum.

While the detailed format of both couldn’t be worked out in this blog, we would advise you to contact any Australia PR consultants in Delhi.

We hope we were able to lucidly break down the basic differences between SubClass 480 and 482 TSS Visa to make your journey clearer before you step into the Australian landscape. All the best for your new work.


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