How will the TSS visa differ from the current 457 visa?

The TSS visa will be made up of two streams, with the following criteria and restrictions to apply:

Short-term stream

  • For occupations on the STSOL

  • Granted for a maximum term of two years

  • Visa can be renewed onshore once only

  • Applicant must demonstrate that they genuinely intend to only stay in Australia temporarily

  • No permanent residency pathway

  • Applicants must have an International English Language Testing System or equivalent test score of 5, with a minimum score of 4.5 in each component (currently unclear whether current exemptions to the English language requirement will continue to apply)

Long-term stream

  • Occupation must be on the MLTSSL

  • Granted for a maximum of four years

  • Can be renewed onshore

  • Permanent residency pathway for holders after three years

  • Applicants must have an International English Language Testing System or equivalent test score of 6 in each component (currently unclear whether current exemptions to the English language requirement will continue to apply)

Both Streams

  • All applicants must have two years relevant work experience (recent graduates not eligible)

  • Labour market testing will be mandatory - employers will be required to advertise the position locally to "test" whether there are suitability qualified Australian citizens or permanent residents who are available to fill the position before sponsoring a TSS visa

  • Mandatory police checks for all applicants

  • Employers must meet a non-discriminatory workforce test

  • Employers must meet requirement to contribute towards Australian workers (to be strengthened from current requirements)

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