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I was previously eligible for a 457 visa, will I still be eligible for a TSS visa?

The TSS visa requirements have not significantly changed from where the 457 visa requirements stood before March 2018. Most of the changes have occurred in the sponsorship and nomination criteria that are directly relevant to the nominating employer. A couple of major difference:

  • for individual applicants is that 2 years of post-qualification employment experience is required before submission of a TSS visa (qualifications only not allowed). Applications where the skills requirement is being evidenced by employment experience alone (3 or 5 years) will not need to evidence the 2 years of relevant employment experience.
  • Individual applicants who hold a bridging visa (A, B or C) in Australia are now eligible to apply for the TSS visa without needing to argue compelling or compassionate circumstances outside of their control. This brings the TSS visa into line with other employer nominated permanent visa applications which did allow for holding a bridging visa at lodgement.
  • The genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement has been introduced for applications submitted under a STSOL occupation. Contact us for further detail as individual circumstances will be considered.
  • A TSS visa submitted under a STSOL occupation will have no permanent employer sponsorship eligibility under the temporary residence transition stream of the 186 visa unless transitional arrangements apply.

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