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TSS Sponsored Work Visa and Global Mobility

The new TSS Sponsored Work Visa and challenges for Global Mobility

Australia is soon to have a new visa for highly skilled overseas sponsored workers as well as tighter criteria for the permanent sponsored visa pathway. There will no doubt be higher associated government fees. The relocation industry is also evolving and constantly responding to global shifts, new technology with the ever present cost/ budget constraints.

Companies are expanding globally as new opportunities arise with countries like Australia welcoming the introduction of innovative technology-driven products and services being rolled out seemingly moments after their launch overseas.

There is a real need to move the workforce ever more quickly and efficiently to exploit these opportunities. So how can we best navigate and assist those organisations, seeking to bring quality skilled workers to Australia in the most effective manner?

Here is what to expect in global mobility over the next two to three years:

  • The further rise of global expansion as small business harnesses technology to take their goods and services to places in a way which would hitherto have seemed impossible and with this expansion will come a greater reliance on experts who will make quick decisions possible.
  • The expectations of these younger, faster moving companies means that the relocation assistance they seek will need to be delivered seamlessly first time, and there will not be a second chance if things do not meet expectations; they will expect that the information they seek about the move is correct, comprehensive and that those managing the move will respond at times convenient to them.
  • Companies will be looking for ways to curb costs and invest in expansion. Many cost savings over the past few years have concentrated on reducing the cost for the provision of a service to such an extent that the resulting service has left additional costs in its wake.
  • Smarter ways of reducing costs without jeopardising the quality of service will replace the low price/bad service model with all the hidden costs. Whereas previously relocatees would arrive at their destination, spend time in short term accommodation and have a full blown home and school search service, destination service provides are already seeing an increase for singles and couples of an orientation, followed by unaccompanied services home search service, thus reducing costs and time in short-term accommodation.
  • Information apps such as ‘Applocation Australia’, supplement the relocation experience allowing relocatees to access information anywhere on their phones. Cookie cutter relocations will be replaced by relocations allowing for greater flexibility and tailored solutions within a given budget. The value of expertise in assisting relocatees to save time better spent on work matters, is becoming more important as key staff demand high touch personalised support and shrinking global mobility teams, seek reliable experts to alleviate their work load.
  • A shift in thinking around moving personal items and the rise of moves where there is very little furniture and whitegoods being moved and items are being bought online pre-arrival. Companies are realising that to move goods from origin city to destination and back again, three years later does not make sense particularly for singles and couples, who are not emotionally attached to their furniture. Where surveys are required, the uptake of an app to video, of what needs to be moved, avoiding the time of a surveyor and allowing the person moving, to do the survey at a time suitable to them, is becoming increasingly welcome.
  • Insurance for moved goods is increasingly sourced online rather than always through the removalists.

These are exciting times and as technology advances are changing many industries, into the future the one unchanging thing is the value of expertise, of heeding the advice of your trusted relocation specialists – Elite Executive Services and Migration Consultants Australia, experienced migration consultants. Contact our respective offices for a confidential meeting.

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Navigating the upcoming TSS Visa immigration changes

Navigating around the upcoming TSS Visa immigration changes to sponsored overseas workers

The New Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa will replace the subclass 457 visa from March 2018.

The TSS visa will have two distinct streams:

  • A Short-Term stream of up to two years for occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation
    List (STSOL) and
  • A Medium-Term stream for occupations on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List
    (MLTSSL) for up to four years.

You must be sponsored by an approved business. A business can sponsor someone for this visa if it cannot find an Australian citizen or permanent resident to do the skilled work.

You can be in or outside Australia, when you lodge your application.

What eligibility criteria will underpin the TSS visa?

Both streams of the TSS visa will be underpinned by eligibility criteria including:

  • Be listed on one of the two occupations lists;
  • Onshore renewals under certain conditions;
  • Minimum English language levels;
  • The Annual Market Salary Rate (AMSR) to be introduced, with all calculations based on guaranteed earnings;
  • Guaranteed earnings must not be less than the AMSR or Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT);
  • At least two years’ relevant work experience;
  • Mandatory labour market testing (with few exemptions and subject to the passing of the necessary legislation);
  • Mandatory skills assessments for specific occupations;
  • Mandatory criminal history checks;
  • A requirement to pay a contribution to the Skilling Australians Fund; and
  • A non-discriminatory workforce test to ensure employers are not actively discriminating against Australian workers.

How much will the TSS visa Cost?

  • Visa Application Charges TSS visa
    – Short-Term stream
  • Primary Applicant – $1,150
    Adult Dependent – $1,150
    Child Dependent – $290
  • Visa Application Charges TSS visa
    – Medium/Long-Term stream
  • Primary Applicant – $2,400
    Adult Dependent – $2,400
    Child Dependent – $600

In addition, the organisation’s TSS sponsorship filing fee will be $420 and nomination filing fee $330. Employers nominating workers for the TSS visa from March 2018 will contribute to the training of Australians through a Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) levy.
The levy will be payable in full at the time the worker is nominated, and will depend on the size of the business:

(The training levy is also subject to the passing of the necessary legislation)

-Businesses with annual turnover of less than $10 million, are to pay $1200 per year or part thereof;
and
-Businesses with annual turnover of $10 million or more, are to pay $1800 per year or part thereof.

Looking at two scenarios –
A. a family of four, for a 4 year temporary work visa, in an occupation on the MLTSSL (T/over $10mil and over); and
B. a single applicant on a STSOL for 24 months (T/over under $10mil),

The fees and levies can quantify from $4,300.00 to over $13,000.00.

Those organisations who are already 457 sponsors or those who are thinking of sponsoring foreign skilled workers into the future, should immediately begin to plan ahead and contact our office to discuss the changes.
Over the past 15 years, we have always maintained a very high success rate and can assist you in navigating around the upcoming challenges.