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Work Visa

1. Temporary Skill Shortage visa (Subclass 482)

With this visa, you can

  • work in Australia for your sponsor for up to 4 years, or up to 5 years if you are a Hong Kong passport holder
  • study (you won’t receive government assistance)
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid
  • if eligible, apply for permanent residence

For this stream of the visa, you must be sponsored to work in an occupation listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

Your visa will come with conditions attached to it. To see your conditions conditions refer to your visa grant letter or use VEVO.

Current temporary skilled visa holders from Hong Kong will be eligible for an extension of 5 years (from 9 July 2020) in addition to the time they’ve already been in Australia.

Current and future temporary skilled visa holders from Hong Kong will also have a pathway to permanent residency after 5 years.


The visa costs AUD2,645 for the main applicant and for each dependant 18 years and over.

It costs AUD660 for each dependant under 18 years old.

You will have to pay other costs for English language tests, health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa pricing estimator.

The estimator does not take into account the other costs.

How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for the period of time your employer nominates you for up to a maximum period of 4 year or up to 5 years if you are a Hong Kong passport holder.

For further information on recent changes regarding Hong Kong passport holders read New visa options for Hong Kong

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be this age
  • Be a holder of an appropriate visa
  • Have compiled with previous visa conditions
  • Be nominated by an approved sponsor
  • Work for your nominating employer
  • Have a relevant skills,qualifications and employment background to perform occupation
  • Have worked in your nominated occupation or a related field for at least 2 years
  • Have a positive skills assessment
  • Have health insurance
  • Have the required level of English language
  • Have not contravened ‘paying for visa sponsorship’ legislative provisions
  • Meet our health requirement
  • Meet the character requirement
  • Have paid back your debt to the Australian government
  • Sign the Australian values statement
  • Not had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

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