457 visa changes: What you need to know

In March 2018, the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) was replaced by the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482). This visa is designed to fill gaps in the Australian labour market, while ensuring that Australian workers get priority.

There are three main streams available under this new TSS visa program:

  • Short-term stream – this is for employers to source genuine temporary overseas skilled workers in occupations included on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) for a maximum of two years (or up to four years if an international trade obligation applies) with no pathway to permanent residency.
  • Medium-term stream – this is for employers to source highly skilled overseas workers to fill medium-term critical skills in occupations included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) for up to four years, with eligibility to apply for permanent residence after three years.
  • Labour Agreement stream for exceptional cases where standard visa programs are not available and there is a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the Australian labour market.

Who could get this visa

You might be able to get this visa, as an overseas worker, if you:

  • have been nominated for a position by an approved sponsor and that nomination has been approved
  • meet any required skills and qualifications requirements including completing any skills assessments required
  • meet English language requirements
  • if in Australia, hold a substantive visa, a subclass 010 (Bridging A) visa, a subclass 020 (Bridging B) visa or a Subclass 030 (Bridging C) visa
  • have substantially complied with any conditions that apply or applied to your last visa
  • meet health and character requirements




Approved sponsor


Please be aware that before you can apply for a TSS visa, your proposed employer will need to lodge a nomination application for you. They will only be able to do this if they are an approved sponsor or have at least lodged an application to become a standard business sponsor.


For more information on TSS Visa – see: Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/482-