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Visa pictureFor Veterinarians and Vet Nurses heading to Australia from overseas, the 457 Visa has been very popular. This has now been replaced with the 482 visa, and there have been some slight changes to the conditions and requirements. Information below has been sourced from the Department of Home Affairs website www.homeaffairs.gov.au in April 2018.

Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

The Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa was replaced with the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) in March 2018

TSS visa holders can work in Australia in their nominated occupation for their approved sponsor under one of three streams:

Short-term stream

  • Length of stay – up to 2 years
  • Vet Nurses are currently on the Short term Skilled Occupation list (STSOL)
  • Requirements for eligibility include English language requirements, skills assessments (by VETASSESS for VNs), nomination by an employer, health and character requirements.
  • Must have worked in the nominated occupation, or a related field, for at least two years
  • There is no age requirement

Medium-term stream

  • Length of stay – up to 4 years
  • Vets are currently on the Medium term Skilled Occupation list (MLTSSL)
  • Requirements for eligibility include English language requirements, skills assessments (by AVBC for vets), nomination by an employer, health and character requirements.
  • Must have worked in the nominated occupation, or a related field, for at least two years
  • There is no age requirement

Labour Agreement stream

  • This stream is available if your employer wishes to sponsor you (as an overseas worker) and has entered into a labour agreement with the Department

Application for the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) involves a three-step process:

Step 1: a sponsorship application by the employer

Step 2: a nomination application for a skilled position by the employer

Step 3: a visa application by the proposed employee

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa – Labour Market Testing requirement

For a nomination to be approved, the Department must be satisfied that a suitable qualified and experienced Australian worker is not available to fill the nominated position.

Advertising must meet all of the below (further requirements may apply – please see www.homeaffairs.gov.au for up to date information):

  • the nominated position has been advertised in Australia
  • the advertisement was in English and included the following information:
    • the title, or a description, of the position
    • the name of the approved sponsor or the name of the recruitment agency being used by the sponsor and
    • the annual earnings for the position (unless the annual earnings will be greater than the Fair Work High Income Threshold – from July 2017 this is $142,000)
  • at least two advertisements were published:
    • on a national recruitment website. Note: a general classifieds website is not an acceptable method
    • in national print media
    • on national radio or
    • if the sponsor is accredited – on the businesses’ website.
  • if the advertisement is published on a website, it is expected that the advertisement would have ‘remained live’ for at least 21 consecutive calendar days

Kookaburra Veterinary Employment can supply a statement on request with information regarding your job advert, the period that it was listed, and the total cost of advertising.

Meeting TSMIT requirements

Both the Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) for the nominated occupation and the guaranteed annual earnings that will be paid to the nominated overseas worker, excluding any non-monetary benefits (for example, accommodation or car provided to them as part of their salary package), must not be less than the TSMIT (Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold).

TSMIT is currently AUD 53,900 as specified in the relevant legislative instrument (April 2018)

 

The requirements and process for visa application can be very complicated and there are more conditions than are listed in this article – you can find more information at www.homeaffairs.gov.au

Author:

Wendy Nathan
Kookaburra Veterinary Employment

This information includes the views and opinions of Kookaburra Veterinary Employment and is of a general nature only. Factual information is believed to be correct at the time of writing, however, should not be relied upon and any person should confirm details with the relevant authorities and through their own research prior to acting on any of the suggestions in this article.

16/04/2018 |
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