Subclass 482

Temporary Skill Shortage visa

Medium-term stream

This visa allows employers to address labour, shortages by sponsoring skilled workers when they are unable to find suitable qualified Australian workers.

SC482-Medium-term stream WEB


  • Work in Australia for up to 4 years or up to 5 years for Hong Kong passport holders
  • Study without government assistance
  • Travel to and from Australia without restrictions while the visa is valid.
  • Apply for permanent residence if you meet the eligibility requirements.


To apply for this visa, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You must be nominated by an approved sponsor for a job on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
  • You can work only for your sponsor or their associated entity, unless exempt.
  • You must have the necessary skills, qualifications, and work experience for the nominated occupation. Some applicants need to undergo a skills assessment, while others must provide alternative evidence.
  • You must have at least two years of relevant work experience in the nominated occupation or a related field.
  • You must meet the health and character requirements.
  • You need to have a minimum level of English language proficiency, unless exempt. Examples include PTE 36 Overall (All bands 36) or IELTS 5.0 Overall (All bands 5.0).
  • You must demonstrate that you are a genuine applicant with a genuine intention to stay temporarily in Australia and comply with any visa conditions.
  • Additional requirements also apply.


Upon the official approval of the sponsorship (which lasts for 5 years), the company has the ability to select positions that will be occupied by overseas employees.

Moreover, the overseas employees are granted the opportunity to proceed with the visa application process.

For a company to become a standard business sponsor, several criteria must be met, such as:

  • The company must possess a legally and actively established business structure, (e.g., company, trust, partnership, registered business name).
  • The business should be in a stable financial state.

Requirements for a nomination include:

  • The position must be genuine and full-time.
  • The employee should work within the sponsoring company unless it is an associated entity.
  • The salary offered should align with market rates and does not fall below $53,900 (or $70,000 from 01 July 2023).
  • Labour Market Testing must be conducted, unless specific exemptions are applicable.
  • The occupation must be listed on the relevant occupation lists.
  • If your sponsor’s nomination application for you has been approved, you can start the process of applying for a 482 visa.
  • It is important to gather all the required documents for online submission via ImmiAccount.

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