What You Need to Know About the Australian 482 Visa

The immigration and citizenship demands in Australia can often cause confusion, so what is the 482 visa? Will it suit what you need?

The Basics

Firstly, let’s deal with the eligibility of this visa. You need to have skills in a specific field and receive a nomination by an approved sponsor for a skilled position. What’s more, you will also need the right skills and meet the English language requirements. If you fail in any one of these three fields, you may struggle to get this visa.

While discussing the basics, it’s also important to note that this is a temporary visa. Also, it’s not available in all industries, only those in which there is a skill shortage in Australia. If an employer cannot find skilled Australian employers, they can sponsor somebody of a different nationality to fill the position.

The government likes employers to hire Australian talent, but it also recognises that shortages exist in the real world. Therefore, this system was introduced to monitor and deal with such shortages. You’ll see the different streams of the 482 visa below:

Short-Term Stream

If you qualify for this visa, you can stay in Australia for 24 months (two years). However, this increases to 48 months (four years) whenever there is an applicable ITO (International Trade Obligation). For those with a Hong Kong passport, you may be able to qualify for a five-year stay. Regardless of the terms, the cost to process this application is $1,290.

Processing time is critical because you will need to get your visa processed, especially when an employer is depending on your skills by a certain date. Ultimately, there is no deadline by which the Department of Home Affairs needs to process the application. Therefore, some people receive their visa within a couple of months while others need to wait over one year. According to recent statistics, around half of all applicants receive a decision within four months.

If your career is on the PMSOL (Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List), the Department is likely to fast-track your application because these industries need skilled workers.

Medium-Term Stream


Although the medium-term stream exists for the same reasons, it allows for a stay of up to four years rather than two (as well as five years for those with a Hong Kong passport). This time, the cost is $2,690 and you can expect a much faster processing time. Around half of all applications are processed in a little over two months. Once again, you will be fast-tracked if your application is on the PMSOL.


While the short-term stream requires the occupation to be on the short-term skilled occupations list, the medium-term stream requires the occupation to be on the Regional Occupation List (ROL) or the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Labour Agreement Stream

If your employer has a labour agreement with the government, you can apply for a labour agreement stream. This will allow you to live and work in Australia for up to four years, and five years for those with a Hong Kong passport. Processing times are quickest of all with a labour agreement stream and 75% of applicants get a response within three months.

Subsequent Entrant

Finally, the 482 visa subclass also covers family members of TSS or 457 visa holders. This allows them to apply separately for either a 457 or TSS visa.


If you need help with any Australian visa, contact a reliable service like Australian Skilled Migration for assistance!

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