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Expanding Employer Sponsored Pathways to Permanent Residence

A long-awaited change to the Australian immigration system has been confirmed, ensuring that temporary skilled workers have a pathway to permanent residence.

From 25 November 2023 we can expect the following changes:

Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) changes

  • Removal of the limit on number of short-term stream TSS 482 visa applications that visa holders can make from inside Australia. Under current legislation, short-term visa holders can apply for a second visa in a short-term occupation from inside Australia with additional applications to be made from outside of Australia.New TSS 482 applications in the short-term stream made on or after 25 November 2023, will no longer need to depart Australia to submit a third application.

Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) Temporary Residence Transition Stream

  • Employers will be able to nominate holders of all streams of TSS 482 visas (including short-term and Labour Agreement streams)
  • Removal of the requirement for nominated occupations for the TRT stream to be assessed against the skilled migration occupation list. The nominated occupation will need to be listed in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) and the visa holder will need to continue to work in the occupation nominated for their TSS 482 visa
  • The employment period a TSS 482 must hold their visa and work in their nominated occupation will be reduced from 3 years to 2 years. This is a very positive move and will enable a much more streamlined and faster pathway to a permanent visa
  • Age exemptions for regional medical practitioner applicants and high income earning applicants aged 45 years and over will be updated to allow for a 2 year pathway

The changes to the TRT stream are intended to apply to new applications and lodged applications that are yet to be finally determined as at 25 November 2023.

If you would like to discuss any Employer Sponsored Pathways to Permanent Residence in Australia or any other migration issues, please contact our team today.