30 Aug TSS Visa (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa)

The Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program will replace the 457 visa program from March 2018.

The TSS visa has a short-term stream and a medium-term stream. Applicants with occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) are eligible for visas of up to two years (renewable once, for a further two years), whilst those on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) can apply for up to four years (with eligibility for permanent residency after three years).

How much will the TSS visa cost?

The TSS sponsorship fee will be $420, the same as current 457 sponsorship fee.

The TSS nomination fee will be $330, the same as the current 457 nomination fee.

Visa application Charges (VACs) for the TSS visa are outlined below:

Visa Application Charges             Primary Application        Adult Dependent         Child Dependent

TSS (Short-Term stream)                            $1,150                              $1,150                              $290

TSS visa (Medium-Term stream)               $2,400                            $2,400                             $600


The Skilling Australia Fund levy (SAF) will replace the current training benchmarks for employers sponsoring applicants for Subclass 457 and Subclass 186 visas.


Business Size                                                                 TSS visa                                                               ENS / RSMS

Small (annual turnover less than $10 million)       $1,200 per year or part thereof                      $3,000 one-off

Other businesses                                                           $1,800 per year or part thereof                      $5,000 one-off

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