Temporary work visas are designed to address short term skills shortages

There are two types of temporary skill shortage visas available to individuals and businesses. Migration Solutions has a team skilled in providing advice on which visa to choose to ensure a successful application, for the relevant job and performance requirements. As a larger firm, we have Migration Agents who are accomplished in this area and can advise the best option.

Two of the main visa types in this category are:

  1. Temporary Skill Shortage 482 visa
  2. Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) 400 visa.

It’s best to consult one of our specialist Migration Agents to understand the visa conditions and determine eligibility. We have provided some information for you on this web page, but one of our professionals will provide the best course of action, specific to your circumstances. We welcome you for a consultation.

The 482 visa is designed to enable employers to address labour shortages by bringing, genuinely skilled workers to Australia, where an appropriately skilled Australian worker cannot be sourced. It facilitates targeted use of overseas workers to address temporary skill shortages, while ensuring the primacy of Australian workers. It consists of a three-stage application process:

  1. Sponsorship
  2. Nomination
  3. Visa application. 

To be eligible for this visa, employees must be nominated to work in an approved occupation on the combined list of eligible skilled occupations. If the occupation appears on the MLTSSL (Medium Long Term Skill Shortage List), or the ROL (Regional Occupation List), the visa can be granted for up to four years. If it appears on the STSOL (Short Term Skills Occupation List), it can only be granted for a maximum of two years. (Exceptions may apply.)

Applicants for this visa must:

  • Have worked in the nominated occupation, or a related field, for at least two years.
  • Have met the skills requirements for the nominated occupation.
  • Meet registration and licensing guidelines where applicable.
  • Meet the English language requirement.
  • Have been nominated by an approved business.
  • Have specific health insurance for all family members whilst in Australia.
  • Meet any necessary health requirements.

Changes to legislation can be made frequently, so it’s best to consult one of our professional Migration Agents to ensure that you are up-to-date on the occupations, eligibility criteria and requirements. Contact us for more information

If you are considering the 482 program to address skill shortages or to employ key staff from an overseas business in Australia, it is extremely important that you are aware of and are compliant with the relevant sponsorship obligations. Contact us for more information.

Employer sponsors may consider applying to become accredited sponsors. This provides access to initiatives that streamline processing of 482 visas, reduce processing times, particularly for lower risk applicants, and gain priority processing status. Talk to us about this approach for your business. 

This visa is designed to enable skilled professionals to perform short-term, highly specialised, non-ongoing work in Australia, such as commissioning new technology, etc.

This is generally not an employment based visa, and visa holders can usually stay in Australia for up to three months (or six months, depending on circumstances).

Key partner visa migration agents

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Susan Mulder

Migration Agent (Corporate)


"One of the challenges in running a global program is actually getting the founders from overseas into the country, getting their visas and getting them here on time. And then we found Migration Solutions. They’ve basically just taken over for us. They’ve worked with the founders. More importantly though, they’ve worked with State and Federal Government and I just didn’t have to worry about that thanks to them."
Terry Gold
Managing Director, Techstars Adelaide
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