Australia is a popular destination for skilled workers looking to expand their career opportunities. One of the main ways to enter the country is through the Temporary Skilled Shortage subclass 482 visa, which allows Australian employers to hire skilled workers from other countries. To be eligible for this visa, applicants must meet certain requirements, including:
- having work experience in their occupation or a related field for at least 2 years in the last five years prior to application.
- meeting health requirements and character requirements,
- and having the required level of English proficiency.
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The Age Limit for TSS 482 visa
There is no age limit for applicants as long as they meet other requirements, such as being nominated by an Australian employer.
Language Requirements for 482 Visa
If you are not exempted (e.g., you are not from Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States of America, or you have not completed at least 5 years of full-time study in an institution where the majority of classes were in English), you must demonstrate your English language proficiency when applying for the subclass 482 visa.
- In the Short term stream, you need to achieve an overall band score of at least 5.0 and a score of at least 4.5 in each of the test components. (IELTS test takers)
- For the Medium term stream, you need to achieve an overall band score of at least 5.0 and a score of at least 5 in each of the test components. (IELTS test takers)
*If you have taken other English language proficiency tests such as PTE, TOEFL iBT, OET, and CAE within the last three years, achieving equivalent scores to the aforementioned band scores in the IELTS test will also be accepted.
The Minimum Salary You Can Expect as a Skilled Worker
Skilled workers can expect to receive the same salary as Australian workers for the same work, with a minimum salary of AUD 53,900 per year as set by the Department of Home Affairs. After working for three years under the TSS 482 subclass, workers may be eligible to apply for Australian Permanent Residency through subclass 186 ENS TRT, as long as they have worked for the same nominator and in the same occupation. Other PR pathways may also be possible under the General Skilled Migration program.
TSS 482 Visa Processing Times
The processing time for the TSS 482 visa is relatively short, with 90% of the short-term stream applications taking up to 3 months and the medium-term and labor-agreement streams taking up to 77 days and 5 months respectively. It is important to note that the processing times for visa applications are not guaranteed and are subject to the discretion of the department.
If you are interested in applying for this visa, consider booking a consultation with Migration Door to discuss your case with their experienced agents. With the right qualifications and guidance, the TSS 482 subclass can be a safe and accessible pathway to living and working in Australia as a skilled worker.