TSS visa - Temporary Skill Shortage Visa
By March 2018 the new TSS visa (Temporary Skill Shortage visa) will replace the existing and popular subclass 457 visa. There will be two streams under this new TSS visa:
- Short term stream: The occupation must be on the STSOL. Additional occupations will be available for regional employers.
- Medium term stream: The occupation must be on the MLTSSL. Additional occupations will be available for regional employers.
There are a number of other notable requirements which are expected to apply to both streams:
- Currently employers must pay either 1% or 2% of payroll depending on which training benchmark they pursue. Under the new TSS scheme, employers must make set contributions to the newly established Skilling Australians Fund.
- Employers must conduct labour market testing in all cases unless a prescribed international treaty is applicable. Currently labour market testing is only required in more limited circumstances.
- Employers must continue to comply with the existing requirements to pay the nominated employee at least market salary rate, and also to pay at least the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (currently $53,900).
- Employers will have to satisfy a non-discriminatory workforce test. It is not at this stage clear exactly what this test will require.
- Visa applicants will be required to demonstrate that they have at least two years relevant work experience.
- Visa applicants will be required to provide penal clearances (these are already mandatory for 457 visas as a result of recent changes).
We expect further information, details, and changes before March 2018 so stay tuned by visiting our website: TSS visa
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