482 Visa, Requirements & Processing Time.

There are a variety of visa types in Australia, however the 482 Visa is probably the most common. Here’s a quick overview.

What is the 482 Visa?

A visa that allows overseas residents to live and work in Australia for your business, for 2-4 years depending on the role. Also called a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, and it’s only applicable for skilled roles you’ve been unable to fill from the Australian workforce.

What are the 482 Visa Requirements?

There are two types of 482 visa, and the requirements vary accordingly, however the common requirements are as follows:


482 Visa Requirements | Employer

Employer must be:

– Operating in Australia & overseas

– Unaware of any unsuitability issues 


482 Visa Requirements  | Position

Position must be:

– A genuine full-time role

– In your business, or an associated entity

– Subject to an employment contract

– Subject to suitable employment conditions

– Subjected to ‘Labour Market Testing’ (LMT) unless exempted an International Trade Obligation


‘Labour Market Testing’ means you’ve tried, and failed to recruit  a suitable Australian before searching overseas, and applying for the 482 visa. The evidence required is proof you’ve advertised the position within the last 4 months, for at least 4 weeks.


482 Visa Requirements | Salary

The salary must be:

– At least the relevant Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR), and…

– At least $73,150 a year**


**excluding non-financial benefits and superannuation


482 Visa Requirements | Employee

The visa applicant must:

– Have the relevant skills

– Have at least two years full-time experience in the role

– Intend to work in the role

– Meet any relevant professional licensing requirements

– Make adequate health insurance arrangements 


482 Visa Requirements | Fast-Track

It’s possible to fast-track your TSS and 482 visa applications, by successfully applying for Accredited Status, however only certain businesses are eligible. Contact us for more details.

Additional 482 Visa Requirements


Medium-Term Stream | 4 Years 

Position must be:

– On the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), or..

– On the Regional Occupation List (ROL) and located in a regional area 


The visa applicant must:

– Have the required level of English proficiency


Short-Term Stream | 2 Years 

Position must be:

– On the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).


The visa applicant must:

– Have the required level of English proficiency

– Genuinely intend to stay in Australia temporarily


What is the 482 Visa Processing Time?


This varies according to demand, however at the moment you can expect to wait:


43 – 70 Days

For a Short-Term Stream, 482 Visa to be processed.


38 – 66 Days

For a Medium-Term Stream, 482 Visa to be processed.


35 Days

To process a 482 Visa under the Labour agreement system 

Please be aware.

Terms and conditions apply for all of the above. For a full overview download the fact sheet below, or give us a call on (612) 8038 1854 now, and we can answer any question you have.