Temporary Skill Shortage Visa falls into the category of Subclass 482. The visa enables employers to hire skilled workers after addressing labour shortages in a particular field. The article is addressing some avoided or unknown facts about the short-term stream 482 visa.
As an Applicant
As an employee, the stream allows you to stay up to 2 years in Australia. If International Trade Obligations apply, you can stay up to 4 years in the country. For Hong Kong passport holders, the visa validity is for up to 5 years.
While staying in the country, you can enrol in a study program at your own expense. You will not receive assistance from the Australian government.
The visa can help you to apply for a PR to stay and work in Australia for an indefinite period.
Apart from the visa cost, you will have to pay other costs including English language tests, health checks, biometrics, and police certificates.
If your visa is about to expire and you want to stay in Australia for a longer duration to work for the same employer, you still need to submit a new nomination and apply for a new visa. In this scenario, your employer may be able to sponsor you for PR through the Employer Nomination Scheme or Subclass 187.
The visa processing time can vary because of individual circumstances. If you have submitted all supporting documents along with the application, the processing time would be fast. It also depends on how quickly you respond to a request for getting additional information. It also depends on the time you take to receive additional information from external agencies regarding health and character certificates. According to the official website of Home Affairs Australia, 75% of the visa process takes around 5 months.
Employers have to ensure that the occupation for which they want to hire employees abroad is listed on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List. They can also sponsor family members.
If the nominee has already a Subclass 457 or 482 visas, employers can include the secondary applicant in their nomination. They need to apply for a Standard Business Sponsor and get approval.
After nomination, it is expected that the nominee starts working within 90 days of entry to Australia. If they don’t start working within the given timeframe, the visa could be canceled. Employers have to show an actual shortage of employees in a particular position that cannot be fulfilled from Australia.