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The 482 Visa and the 400 Visa are common choices for organisations wishing to bring required skills in quickly for imperative assignments. The 482 Visa provides a longer term option and pathway to permanent Residency (PR), whilst the 400 Visa is designed for short term assignments.

How we can help

Entity Solutions will advise on eligibility and visa suitability for the candidate and associated business outcomes, prepare all required documentation and manage the entire visa process to successfully connect a person to a project.


  • Granted for candidates with specialised skills, knowledge or experience that can help Australian business and can’t reasonably be found in Australia.
  • The 482 covers a broad list of 400+ pre-approved skill sets to target employer skill shortages.
  • The 400 visa is catered to short-term project work, with a permitted stay of three months, but up to six months if supported by a strong business case.
  • The 482 visa requires employer sponsorship and candidates must be nominated to work in an occupation included in either the short-term or medium term skilled occupations lists.


  • Harness talent from anywhere in the world to connect the right people to projects.
  • These visas are ideally suited for temporary, project-based work and offer quick approvals for businesses to mobilise workers.
  • The 400 visa offers the quickest option to secure short-term workers and is a very inexpensive visa option that doesn’t require employer sponsorship.
  • Sponsorship of candidates on the Medium Term Stream of the 482 visa allows for a pathway to permanent residency


Applying for a visa can be complicated. We have answered the most frequently asked questions that may help you navigate the visa application process.

A TSS visa is a temporary visa which lets an employer sponsor a suitably skilled worker to fill a position they can’t find a Australian to engage. It involves three stages:

Standard business sponsorship (SBS) – The Australian company must become an approved sponsor

Nomination – The company needs to nominate a position

Visa – In conjunction with the Nomination, the visa applicant to prove they have the right skillsets to do the job

Currently, the advised processing times are approximately 3-4 weeks but could be shorter. Processing times may vary on a case-by-case scenario.

A subclass 400 visa is called Temporary work (Short Stay Activity) which is for overseas to do short-term, highly specialised and non-ongoing work in Australia.

A subclass 482 visa is for Australian or overseas employers to sponsor skilled overseas workers to fulfil the skills shortage in a temporary capacity. For any ongoing work, you should consider permanent residency options.

Currently, the advised processing times are approximately 3-4 weeks. Processing times may vary on a case-by-case scenario.

Since 12 August 2018, employers sponsoring workers for a TSS 482 visa must pay for a training levy that is known as the Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy.

The levy is payable each time when lodging a nomination application. This cost must be covered by the company and cannot be transferred to a third party.

Businesses with turnover of less than $10 million per year are considered small business and businesses with turnover of $10 million or more per year are defined as large business:

  • Small business: $1,200 for each visa year
  • Large business: $1,800 for each visa year

As a Standard Business Sponsor and as part of your sponsorship obligations, you must notify Immigration upon the cessation of employment for your 482 or 457 visa holders.

As the visa holder, you must complete one of the following actions within 60 days from when you finish working with your sponsor:

  • Find another approved sponsor to nominate you
  • Be granted a different visa, or
  • Depart Australia

Yes, dependant family unit members such as partners and children under the age of 18 years can be included on the application. Dependants aged 18 to 23 years can be included provided they are substantially dependant for their basic needs, such as full time students.

Yes. A secondary 482 or 457 visa holder has unlimited work rights.

No, visa applicants must be offshore at the time of the application for the 400 visa, until a positive decision is reached.

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