Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) – Adding a Partner

If you are currently here in Australia on a Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa which doesn’t include your partner, it is still possible to add your partner to your visa as a secondary applicant.


  • This visa pathway is possible for both heterosexual and same-sex relationships.
  • To meet the criteria for this visa, you must either be married to your partner or able to prove that you have lived with your partner for a minimum of six months.
  • Your partner can be in Australia or overseas at the time the application is lodged. If your partner is in Australia, they will be granted a bridging visa to remain in Australia while the application is processed.

Visa details

When your partner’s visa is granted your partner will have unrestricted work and travel rights on their TSS visa. Your partner’s TSS visa will expire on the same date as yours.

Once you add your spouse or de facto partner to your subclass 482 TSS visa they can be included in your subclass 186 Employer Nominated permanent residence visa application as well.

If you are confused about your options and finding it difficult to decide what to do, we highly recommend booking a consultation with one of our migration agents where we can discuss your situation and let you know what the best course of action is for you, and your partner.

Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa - Adding a Partner

Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) Visa - Adding a Partner

Experience all the benefits of life in Australia with the one you love.

When you’re in Australia on a visa, time is precious and when there’s the opportunity to share it with someone else, you don’t waste it by taking on the stress and paperwork of a visa application alone. We take care of your partner’s application, so you can focus on enjoying the opportunities that living in Australia has to offer. With a 99.8% success rate and a No Visa, No Fee Guarantee available to all eligible clients, partnering with AHWC Immigration Law gives you the best possible chance of having your visa granted, and takes the stress out of the application process.

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