Temporary Skilled Shortage / TSS
The TSS visa (subclass 482) enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in genuinely skilled workers where they cannot source an appropriately skilled Australian. It facilitates targeted use of overseas workers to address temporary skill shortages, while ensuring that Australian workers get priority.
TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor under one of three streams:
> Short-Term stream of up to two years (unless international trade obligations apply). This stream is designed for Australian businesses to fill short-term skill gaps with foreign workers on a temporary basis, where a suitably skilled Australian worker cannot be sourced;
> Medium-Term stream of up to four years. This stream allows employers to source foreign workers to address shortages in a narrower range of occupations in medium and long-term need, where a suitably skilled Australian worker cannot be sourced;
> Labour Agreement stream. This stream may be utilised in exceptional cases where standard visa programs are not available and there is a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the Australian labour market.
The subclass 186 visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. It allows you to work in Australia under one of three streams:
> Temporary Residence Transition stream
After 3 years working with the business, then the employee may be eligible to apply for Permanent Residency. This time with the business does not need to be continuous but does need to be with 1 organisation. Note that age and language requirements apply.
> Direct Entry stream
If you are able to get a positive skills assessment then you may not need to wait 3 years with your employer before you apply for PR. If your company is willing to nominate you and you have a positive skills assessment then you can apply under the Direct Entry Stream. Note that age and language requirements apply.
> Labour Agreement stream
If your employer has a current Labour Agreement in place then you may be eligible to apply under the Labour Agreement Stream. Note that age and language requirements apply.
The team at Techvisa were the first to access the GTS on behalf of our clients in both the Established Business and the Start-up streams. We have been able to work with multiple companies in identifying role types that do not exist on the current occupation lists and ensure that these companies can now access this highly skilled talent.
You can access this as an individual through the GTIS or as a company through the GTES. Once a labour agreement has been signed then you can start to sponsor via the TSS visa pathway under your GTS agreement. There are a number of requirements including salary thresholds and company requirements. We can work with you to identify if this is the right pathway for your business based on our extensive knowledge in this space.
The subclass 400 visa is for people who want to travel to Australia to:
> Do short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work.
> In limited circumstances, participate in an activity or work relating to Australia’s interests.
Generally the stay period allowed is up to three months but up to six months may be considered in limited circumstances if supported by a strong business case.
To be eligible you must:
> Be invited, or supported, by the organisation you will be working for.
> Have specialist skills, knowledge or experience that is needed but cannot be found in Australia.
As a business partner, we want to ensure that we not only work with you to get the best outcome in your visa applications, but also work with you to ensure ongoing compliance. We assist by setting up reports that allow you to track who in your business holds a visa, expiry dates, action points and any sponsorship obligations you have.
We inform immigration on your behalf of any employees that case employment and keep track of deadlines to ensure all visa holders are working within the conditions of their visa and to ensure visa validity.
This is an integral part of our business and an example of how we work with our clients. We ensure that at the start of the process, you have full visibility of whether your prospective employee is eligible for sponsorship, costs and what the long term options are. This means that when you get to offer stage, you know that the visa process will likely be successful and you have medium to long term plans in place based on current Immigration laws.
We work with:
When shortlisting to their clients, so that they not only present the best candidates but also the solution to the problem of sponsorship. By forwarding our eligibility assessment, it shows that the recruiter has done more than just send a resume, but has identified the obstacles, researched the options and presented a full picture.
If your HR/ Talent team have identified some amazing talent and you all want to know if they can be sponsored before moving ahead, then we can do that assessment before you enter into any interviews. Simply send the resume and we can give you confidence that when you offer, that sponsorship is a possibility based on their education and employment background.
If you’re on the job hunt and you’re constantly meeting the same objections of we don’t sponsor or it costs too much/ takes too long, then our assessment may help you. It is a simple breakdown of the cots, timelines and your eligibility. This may be what you need just to get that interview in the first place, where you can then sell yourself in person.
Depending on your occupation, you may need to undergo a skills assessment for various visa types. Assessing bodies include ACS, Vetassess, CPA, EA. We work with you in preparing your documents to ensure the best outcome in your assessment so that you can then move on to submit your EOI or apply for your visa.
This stream is for Points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government. It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.
For the Skilled Independent (Points-tested) stream you need to submit an expression of interest.
If you are a New Zealand citizen you may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) (New Zealand) stream.
As specialists in our field, we are often called upon by our clients for ad hoc advice.
As well as this advice, we also provide ongoing, onsite support when required. This may be a factor when changing company structure, company ownership, mass hiring for projects etc. We can work with you to have a dedicated resource either in our office or onsite, to assist you in transitions or general consulting.