Subclass TSS visa holders can now apply for the Subclass TSS pathway. This pathway allows eligible people to apply for a permanent residency visa (subclass S) in Australia. This applies to anyone who has been issued a bridging visa or an open skilled work visa as well as anyone who has completed their transition period on one of these visas and is waiting for their permanent residency visa application to be processed.

This means that eligible Subclass TSS holders will now be able to apply for a subclass S visa instead of staying on their bridging visas. To find out if you’re eligible, read this guide:

Subclass TSS visa holders on a bridging visa

If you are on a bridging visa and want to continue working, studying or doing business in Australia, there are two ways that you can apply for a Subclass TSS visa.

The first is through the 457 Visa Program. This allows temporary skilled workers (including those with subclass TSS visas) who have been sponsored by an employer to work in Australia for up to four years after their arrival date. The second way is through the Bridging Visa Stream which allows eligible applicants from every state and territory of Australia as well as New Zealand (New Zealand citizens need not apply through this stream).

The Bridging Visas Stream offers three types of visas: Short Stay Business Visitor (SVB), Work Holidaymaker (WHM) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Subclass 560C Special Skills Worker Temporary Residence Permit

Subclass TSS visa holders on an open skilled visa

  • Subclass TSS visa holders on an open skilled visa

A person who is eligible for the Subclass TSS visa can apply for a family reunion. The applicant must meet the following criteria:

o He/she has been granted a permanent or temporary residence in Australia as a result of their permanent or temporary resident status under another subclass (other than subclass S 589), unless they satisfy all other requirements for this subclass but are not eligible to apply; and

  • He/she has been granted humanitarian and compassionate grounds (H&CG) in accordance with section 501 of the Migration Act 1958.

Subclass TSS visa holders on a transitional work program

The Australian government has introduced a new program for visa holders on a transitional work program. This is called the Subclass TSS visa, and it will be available to people who are currently on a bridging visa.

The new system has been created to encourage skilled workers from overseas and their families who live in Australia and are not eligible for permanent residency or citizenship under existing programs such as the Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) or Special Category Occupation Work (SCOW).

People who are eligible for a subclass TSS visa can now apply for one of these pathways.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has launched four new pathways for the subclass TSS visa.

The four pathways are:

  • Pathway 1 – Professional with a Skill Requirement – Eligible applicants must have a specific skill set and show that they meet the relevant criteria, including English language proficiency and financial capability. This pathway also requires a skills assessment by one of these approved providers: Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), Australian Skills Council (ASW), or an approved training organisation. The maximum number of visas is limited to 50 per year under this pathway; however, there are other restrictions on who can apply through this path as well as when they can be granted approval to undertake their training coursework/practicums etc., depending on which provider they choose during the application process.

As more people in Australia are coming up against the decision on whether or not to apply for a subclass TSS visa, we hope this article will help you make an informed decision. The information contained here is based on our research and knowledge of the Australian system as well as official sources such as the Department of Immigration website.



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