Australia’s Temporary Skills Shortage Visa

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Australia’s Temporary Skills Shortage Visa

The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, announced on April 18th 2017, that the country will be abolishing the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) and replacing it with the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa. The new visa is expected to address genuine skill shortages in Australian businesses in a more fair and effective manner than the 457 visa. The TSS visa will operate on roughly the same parameters as a H1B visa for USA. The TSS will allow skilled workers from predefined fields to work for approved businesses for a period of four years from date of issue, In case of occupations belonging to the Medium and Long term Strategic Skilled List (MTSSL) category, and two years from date of issue otherwise. The visa applicant has to be sponsored by an Australian business and cannot apply for the visa on his own. Moreover the employer sponsoring the candidate has to make sure that first preference is given to Australian citizens and permanent residents and that no Australian citizen or permanent resident has been found who is qualified and willing to take up the role. The visa application can be made either by persons already staying in Australia or from outside the country. Apart from introducing new parameters to the skilled worker visa, the TSS visa will also introduce the following reforms to the visa process

The new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa is expected to be introduced from March 2018 onwards. While it is still early days to comment on the efficacy of the new visa scheme, it is already generating a lot of interest. To know more about the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa and how you can benefit from it, get in touch with The Study Point Overseas Consultant one of the best immigration consultants in India…

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  • The new visa program will revamp the eligible occupation list to better reflect the skills needed in the Australian labor market.
  • Employers will be mandated to pay the workers at Australian market salary rate and also to meet the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT). This would ensure that overseas workers will not be hired as cheaper alternatives to Australians
  • visa applicants will now be mandatorily required to have at least two years’ work experience in their skilled occupation
  • Visa holders under the Short-Term stream can avail of only one onshore visa renewal

Apart from introducing new parameters to the skilled worker visa, the TSS visa will also introduce the following reforms to the visa process.

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