482 TSS Visa Sponsorship

Unlock the potential of global talent with the 482 Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa sponsorship. This guide provides essential information for Australian businesses looking to sponsor skilled foreign workers.


What is a Standard Business Sponsorship?

Standard Business Sponsorship (SBS) enables businesses lawfully operating in or outside Australia to sponsor skilled workers. This ensures that businesses can access the necessary skills to grow, excluding shelf companies from sponsorship eligibility.


Eligible Entities for Sponsorship

Entities that can sponsor include:

  • Sole traders
  • Partnerships
  • Trusts
  • Companies (proprietary and public)
  • Government departments and statutory authorities
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Educational institutions

Self-sponsorship is restricted and generally not permitted for sole traders.


Criteria for Sponsors

Sponsors must prove their business is:

  • Legally Established: Registered as per the jurisdiction’s laws, demonstrated through ABN registration, business name registration, ACN/ARBN, Trust Deed, or franchise agreement.
  • Actively Operating: Engaged in lawful business activities, evidenced by financial documentation like Business Activity Statements, lease agreements, business plans, profit and loss statements, and tax returns.


Sponsorship Duration

SBS approvals typically last for 5 years, allowing sponsorship of multiple workers under the 482 visa.


Accredited Sponsorship Benefits

Accredited sponsors enjoy priority processing for nominations and visa applications. This status requires maintaining certain standards and can be revoked if standards are not upheld.


Sponsor Obligations

Sponsors have ongoing obligations, including:

  • Cooperating with inspectors
  • Ensuring fair employment terms
  • Covering travel costs for sponsored workers to leave Australia
  • Reimbursing the Commonwealth for removal costs
  • Keeping and providing records upon request

Failure to comply may result in penalties, including sponsorship cancellation.


Sponsoring a Foreign Worker: The Process

  1. Apply for Standard Business Sponsorship.
  2. Nominate the foreign worker for a specific position.
  3. The worker applies for the visa, possibly including dependent family members.


Sponsoring an International Student

The process mirrors that of sponsoring a foreign worker, with the employer needing to nominate a role relevant to their business operations.


Sponsorship Application Charge

The application charge for sponsorship is $420.


This streamlined guide is designed to help businesses navigate the process of sponsoring skilled foreign workers or international students under the 482 TSS Visa program.


TSS (Subclass 482) Visa
Australian Employer Sponsored Visa 


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