Who can be sponsored for a TSS 482 visa?

The Temporary Skills Shortage visa subclass 482 visa is a temporary visa for skilled workers from overseas. So what’s the criteria for deciding who qualifies as a skilled worker? Here we explain whose eligible to be sponsored for a 482 visa.

An employer must be an approved business sponsor to be able to nominate a skilled worker for a 482 visa. The position the employer nominates must be a profession on the Skilled Occupation List.

The candidate, meanwhile, need to show they are qualified and competent in that occupation as well.


The sponsored worker needs to show their competency in the profession they are being nominated for. To do this, they need to prove:

    • they have been practicing a profession from the short term, medium term or regional skilled occupation list for at least 2 years in the past 5 years at the time of submitting the visa application.
    • show competency in their occupation and trade, which includes a skills assessment. Skills assessments are run by Trades Recognition Australia. Different affiliates of Trades Recognition Australia assess different occupations.

Skills assessments involve assembling documents to prove the candidate’s training, qualifications, professional experience and competency. Documents ranging from salary evidence, confirmation of employment with previous employers, detailed descriptions of duties, certificates and transcripts are  required.

The objective of the skills assessments is to ensure nominated candidates are able to perform at a level at least consistent with Australian standards.


482 visa applicants need to meet the English language requirement for the 482 visa. This is the equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.

Other English language test providers accepted by the Department are:

Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Cambridge English (CAE also known as C1 Advanced)

Occupational English Test (OET) – this is aimed at health professionals

The English language requirement does not apply for applicants holding passports issued by the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada or the United States or if the nominee has had 5 or more years of secondary of tertiary education conducted in English.


482 applicants need to meet Australia’s ‘good character test’ by presenting police clearances from countries you have lived in for the last 10 years.


You will need to have health insurance in place.


How do we help?

Our registered migration agent (RMA) helps 482 visa applicants with their visa applications.

Before you even begin the process of applying for a 482 visa, our RMA can work out if you will pass the skills assessment or not based on your work history.

Our RMA will ask you about how long you have been practicing your occupation professionally. We’ll also compare your skills to those required by the Department of Home Affairs. 

Each occupation on the Skilled Occupation Lists have a code called the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. These set out the basic competencies required for each occupation.

From there we organize and help visa applicants prepare for their skills assessment.


TSS Visa in 60 Seconds

We strive to simplify the process for you. So here’s an overview of what you need to know about the Temporary Skill Shortage subclass 482 visas in 60 seconds.The aim of this video is to give you the top level gist of some of the key features of the TSS 482 visa. Naturally detail matters. If you’re being sponsored and are unsure about what you need to do, we recommend you seek professional advice from a reputable Australian registered migration agent. (We’ve been doing this for 14 years).

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