The TSS Visa has two streams:

  • Short-Term stream – visa up to two years
  • Medium-Term stream – visa up to four years

SHORT-TERM STREAM visa applicants

  • Occupation must be listed on a STSOL list
  • Visa for of up to two years. Visas might be renewable once, for a further two years.
  • English language requirement: Overall IELTS score of 0, with a minimum of 4.5 each component.
  • Police check.
  • Immigration must be satisfied that the applicant is a ‘genuine temporary entrant’ (similar to student visa GTE assessment).
  • Minimum two years of relevant work experience will be required. Experience gained after completion of the relevant education will be considered.
  • Visa holders must be paid at least a minimum salary rate (TSMIT) as set out by the government.
  • Labour market testing will be mandatory in most cases.
  • Employer contribution SAF (Skilling Australians training Fund) will also be required.

MEDIUM-TERM STREAM visa applicants

  • Occupation must be on the MLTSSL List
  • Visa for of up to four years. Eligibility for permanent residency after three years.
  • English language requirement: Overall IELTS score of 0, with a minimum of 5.0 each component.
  • Police check.
  • Minimum of two years of relevant work experience is required
  • Visa holders must be paid at least a minimum salary rate (TSMIT) set out for the position
  • Labour market testing is mandatory.
  • Employer contribution SAF (Skilling Australians training Fund) will also be required.


Can I include my family members in my application?

Yes. Spouses/Partners and children can be included in a TSS visa application as dependent family members. These family members will have unrestricted work and study rights.


I am over 50 years of age. Can I still apply for this visa?

Yes, there is no age limit for this visa type. However, when it comes to applying for PR in then 45 years plus have LOW to NO option. Doctors and high-income earners still may have the option to transition to ENS or RSMS after some time, but for general categories the permanent residency might not be available.

What are work experience requirements?

Work experience should have been undertaken in the last five years and would need to be calculated in terms of full time work. Part time work experience may be considered. Experience gained as part of the research components of a Masters and/or PhD may be considered as work experience for relevant occupations, such as medical and research occupations. Experience gained through clinical placements and internships may be considered as work experience for medical practitioners, including Resident Medical Officers (RMOs).

How much will I get paid in Salary?

Employers will have to pay you an Australian market salary rate (TSMIT):

  •  Minimum $53,900 plus superannuation.
  • Remuneration and other work terms and conditions can’t be less favourable than those offered to an Australian employee in the same position.

What is the Visa application fees

The government visa application charges for a single applicant will be:

  • AUD $1,150 for the 2 year visa (short-term one)
  • AUD $2,400 for the 4 year visa (medium-term one)



Employers planning to sponsor workers will need to become an approved ‘standard business sponsor’.

Labour Market Testing

Before sponsoring an overseas worker, an employer will be obliged to explore local labour market to ensure there is no suitable candidate for the role available.

Skilling Australians Fund 

Employers must contribute to a Skilling Australians Fund

AUD $1,200 for each visa holder for companies with turnover less than AUD $10 million

AUD $1,800 for each visa holder for companies with turnover more than AUD $10 million


A Labour Agreement is an agreement between an AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS (Sponsor) and the AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL GOVERNMENT allowing an approved business to recruit and/or employ a certain number of international skilled employees.

Labour Agreements are designed to assist businesses that are facing a genuine labour skill shortage that is being experienced and has advantages such as being able to sponsor a wider range of occupations (outside the relevant occupation lists) and negotiate with the Federal Government the minimum required skill level, English language ability and salary level.

Three types of Labour Agreements available to Australian businesses:

  1. Regional Migration Agreements – areas of Australia experiencing labour skill shortages
  2. Template Agreements -certain industries
  3. Enterprise Migration Agreements – Large scale projects that require specialised skills and experience

Labour Agreement requirements:

  • A business must put forward a compelling submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection outlining the need of labour agreement, and requesting an estimated number of positions required, and their occupations.
  • The business must provide information with respect to their financial viability, businesses contracts, core business activities and structure, full registration details, related entities and previous workplace relations compliance.
  • Employers must show a commitment and satisfactory record of training their Australian employees by meeting the required training benchmarks.
  • Clear evidence of a genuine labour shortage must be addressed such as efforts to recruit Australians, retention strategies for Australian workers and other relevant evidence.
  • Businesses are required to undertake sufficient stakeholder consultation with industry body’s, unions or any other agency or community group that represent the industry or could be impacted by the proposed Labour Agreements.
  • All proposed international workers will require a working knowledge of the English language.
  • International employees must have a qualification of at least a Certificate III and 3 years work experience.
  • Salaries must be almost equivalent to an Australian workers.




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