The Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS Visa)

The Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS Visa) 

The Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (TSS Visa) was introduced in March 2018 and replaced the 457 visa. It temporarily allows skilled workers to work in Australia. In addition, it helps employers fill labor shortages.


  • Duration: 1 to 4 years, based on occupation and circumstances.
  • Purpose: Address labor shortages by bringing in skilled workers.


Short-Term Stream

Temporary basis for occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).

Maximum: 2 years (or four years with an International Trade Obligation).

Medium-Term Stream

Up to 4 years for occupations on Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL).

Labour Agreement Stream

For workers under a labor agreement with the Department.

General Eligibility (All Streams)

To qualify as an overseas worker, you must:

  • Be nominated by an approved sponsor.
  • Meet skills and qualifications requirements.
  • Fulfill English language criteria.
  • Hold a valid visa in Australia, if applicable.
  • Comply with previous visa conditions.
  • Meet health and character standards.
  • Satisfy stream-specific requirements.

Approved Sponsor

Your employer must lodge a nomination application for you. They must be approved or have a pending standard business sponsor application.

About the Visa

No Age Requirement: Open to all ages.


  • Sponsorship application by the employer.
  • Nomination application for a skilled position.
  • Visa application by the employee.

Key Points

  • Temporary Status: This visa is quick, allowing you and your family to stay in Australia for the specified period.
  • Travel: Permits travel to and from Australia during the visa duration.
  • Work and Study: Primary visa holders can work for an approved sponsor; family members can work and study.

For more details or questions, consult with our experienced migration agents.

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