The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa will come into effect by March 2018. It replaces the 457 visa and will be split into two groups Short-Term stream and Medium-Term stream. Here’s what you need to know:
What Happens if I Am on a 457 Visa?
Those currently on a 457 visa will continue under the existing rules which apply to a 457. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection is expected to announce what may happen to these 457 holders in the future. It may be that an individual can transfer from a 457 to a TSS visa.
Short-Term TSS Stream
The aim of the Short-Term TSS visa scheme is to allow businesses to fill posts with foreign workers on a temporary basis. They can only do this when they cannot find a suitably skilled Australian worker.
The positions eligible on the Short-Term TSS visa stream will be listed on the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List. It’s a two-year visa with the possibility of one renewal so that’s a maximum of four years. It’s not clear at this stage whether they will be available to move onto permanent residency under the Employee Nominated Scheme (ENS) or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS). All potential applicants will need to meet a certain standard of English and score 5 or above on an International English Testing System (IELTS).
Medium-Term TSS Stream
The aim of this scheme is to allow Australian businesses to fill posts with foreign workers where there is a severe shortage in highly skilled and in demand occupations. These positions have been assessed as being of high value to the Australian economy.
The positions eligible on the Medium-Term TSS visa stream will be listed on the Medium and Long Term Skilled Occupations List. This visa is available for 4 years and people can qualify for permanent residency after three years of employment with the same employer.
For further information, advice and assistance, please contact the experienced team of Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents at Nevett Ford Lawyers Melbourne: