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TSS and Employer Sponsored Visa update

At present there are limited pathways to PR for temporary skilled visa holders, therefore the government has proposed the following changes to create clear pathways to PR for all TSS visa streams.

What will be the changes for TSS Visa?

Changes in effect from 25 November 2023*

  • All short-term stream TSS visa applications can be lodged in Australia.

  • Limits on the number of Short-term stream TSS applications visa holders can make in Australia will be removed. 

  • Short term stream TSS holders with visas expiring before the changes will need to travel outside Australia to lodge a third short term-stream TSS application.


What will be the nomination requirement changes for the TRT stream of the ENS and RSMS visa subclasses?

Changes from 25 November 2023*

  • Employers will be able to nominate holders of all TSS visa streams, including Short-term and Labour Agreement streams.

  • The nominated person will need to have held their TSS (or subclass 457) visa(s) for 2 out of the 3 years before nomination.

  • Nominated occupations will no longer be assessed against skilled migration occupation lists.

  • The period in which TSS visa holders are required to have worked in a position with their sponsoring employer will be reduced to 2 years out of the 3 years before nomination.

  • Changes will be made to age exemptions for regional medical practitioner applicants and high income earning applicants aged 45 years and over to allow for a 2-year pathway.


This is a very welcoming news for aspiring applicants who are seeking employer sponsorship thorough TSS, ENS, RSMS as well for people who are working in

  • Aged-care/disability sector or 

  • in other industry where the occupation is listed in the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (Marketing specialist, Advertising Manager etc.)

Following are the Top 10 occupations in terms of year to year increased percentage for Temporary Skills Shortage visa applications:

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