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

June 2, 2017

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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