Indian community will find new TSS visa restrictive

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Indian community will find new TSS visa restrictive

Indian community will find new TSS visa restrictive

The 457 visa which was abolished earlier this year was a popular route for Indians heading to work Down Under.  Of the 90,000 holders of the 457 visas in Australia, 22% of them were held by Indians.

Indians who had set their eyes on permanent residency will now find it tougher to achieve this PR status. If they qualify from Australian universities, they will still need to have had two years’ work experience in that area of specialism to obtain a role. Labour testing means that the local workforce will be given the first opportunity for a job vacancy.

The new TSS visa which replaces the 457 has two main streams.  A short term stream that enables hiring of temporary expat skilled workers in occupations on the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).. The duration of this visa is a maximum of two years, but can be extended up to four years if an international trade obligation applies.

The second stream is a medium-stream where expats can be hired for occupations included in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MTSSL) and its duration is for up to four years. Managing director of our company Visa Solutions Australia Dan Engles was recently approached by the Indian Times for his reaction to the new TSS visa which has replaced the 457 and was happy to share his thoughts with reporter Lubna Kably.

“Short term TSS visa holders are not eligible to apply for permanent residence. The medium or long term TSS visa holder may apply for permanent residence, after having held the TSS visa for a minimum period of three years.  But in my opinion, unless your occupation is in demand, options for permanent residency are restrictive. Hiring expats  will also become more expensive. Approved sponsored companies may have to contribute to a ‘Skilling Australia Fund’ (SAF) and the bill incorporating this is currently being debated in the Parliament. If passed it would mean that the sponsoring company may need to contribute to the SAF.  It could cost an Australian company $1,200 per employee nomination for each year of the visa tenure.  It would mean, for example, a sponsoring company employing a software engineer on a four-year visa would to pay a levy of $4,800."

MD of VSA - Dan Engles told the Indian Times that the Department of Home Affairs was getting tough. 

“The new rules are more stringent and are aimed at paving the way for higher skilled, higher qualified individuals to permanently migrate to Australia. We are already seeing a higher number of refusals across all visa subclasses—not just work visas. Officials are adopting a stricter approach over the past six months or so, visa applications are being refused without prior warning or communication.”

If you’d like to find out more about the two new streams of the TSS visa, speak to one of our experienced migration team members. Visa Solutions Australia is one of the largest, most respected migration companies in Perth and we pride ourselves on the level of service we offer.


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