Labour Agreement – TSS visa stream that caters for the employers’ specific needs

According to November 2016 data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, of the 1.7 million recent migrants and temporary residents in Australia, 65 percent are employed –  that’s roughly one million people.

On these figures, employment of migrants by Australian organisations involves many employers and a staggering amount of regulation. A lot of that employment happened through the 457 visa system. With the 457 visa now abolished and replaced by the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS), visa (Subclass 482), active employers and applicants must try to find ways for employers to be able to recruit the employees that they need even if the occupation has been cut from the DoHA lists for temporary or permanent resident purposes.

Occupations that have been cut 

Since the changes were announced last year by PM Malcolm Turnbull, over 200 trades have been cut from the various lists of professions from which employers can select migrant workers.

The remaining occupations have been divided into a Short-term Skilled Occupations List (STSOL) and a Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).

 Applicants who find their occupation on the STSOL will not be eligible for permanent residency, however, their employers could become part of a Labour Agreement that has specific “pathway to Australian permanent residency” clauses. 

What is a Labour Agreement – published by DoHA

Please note that not all Labour Agreement requests are approved.  EasyMigrate can provide help in preparing a comprehensive submission for any Employer applying for a Labour Agreement. All information from the employer is treated as Commercial-in-Confidence. 

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