Earlier on 18 April 2017, the Australian Government had announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) would be replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018. This has now come into force and the two main streams available under this new TSS visa program are the Short term stream, and the Medium term stream.
Short-term stream visa is meant for employers to source genuine temporary overseas skilled workers in occupations included on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). This will be for a maximum of two years (or up to four years if an international trade obligation applies). The Medium-term stream is meant for employers to source highly skilled overseas workers to fill medium-term critical skills in occupations included on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). This will be for up to four years, with eligibility to apply for permanent residence after three years.
A third stream, the Labour Agreement stream is meant for exceptional cases where standard visa programs are not available and there is a demonstrated need that cannot be met in the Australian labour market. This new visa offering is part of the Government’s significant reform package to refresh and strengthen Australia’s temporary and permanent employer sponsored skilled migration programs.
The implementation of these reforms commenced in April 2017 and were duly completed in March 2018.
Some of the key reforms include:
Further reading on these reforms is available at these links