Two Australian Immigration Policy Recommendations to Help Its Tech Sector

Updating the Skilled Occupations List to help the Australian tech sector grow

The TSS (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa program — also known as the 482 visa — is a temporary visa that allows visa holders to live in Australia while working full-time for a sponsoring employer. This full-time job must be a nominated occupation listed on either the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List (often referred to as STSOL) or Medium Long-Term Strategic Skilled List (similarly referred to as MLTSSL). Currently, the Short-Term Skilled Occupations List includes 215 occupations which are reviewed every six months.

Australia’s 482 visa needs the 2-year relevant work experience requirement to be more flexible

Australia’s 482 visa is officially called the Temporary Skill Shortage visa and is, at a high level, similar to America’s H-1B visa or Canada’s Global Talent Stream. One of the 482 visa’s main requirements, other than a bachelor’s degree, is two years of relevant work experience. But this requirement ignores the fact that many employers hire individuals with transferable skills that will enable them to succeed in their new role despite them not having that exact prior experience.

Navigate Australia’s Complex Immigration System

Gilton Valeo Lawyers is a Sydney based incorporated legal practice specialising in corporate migration, founded in 1982.

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