Game-changing day for Visa 482 Holders

Department of Home affairs has announced on its website the implementation date for the proposed expansion to the employer-sponsored permanent residency program, which was initially announced in April 2023. It is expected that the implementation date for the ENS reform will be November 25, 2023.

Let me remind you, the upcoming changes will allow Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 short-term visa holders to apply for a Permanent Residence (PR) visa 186 Transition (TRT) stream if their employer is ready to sponsor them. This means that professionals who are eligible to apply for the permanent visa SC 186 visa will no longer be limited by Medium-Term stream (MTSSL).

What will be changing?

All short-term stream TSS visa applications can be lodged in Australia:

  • Limits on the number of Short-term stream TSS applications visa holders can make in Australia will be removed. Applicants who wish to lodge a third or more Short term-stream TSS visa can do so from onshore.
  • Short term stream TSS holders with visas expiring before the changes will need to travel outside Australia to lodge a third short term-stream TSS application.

Eligible visa requirements for ENS/RSMS nominations

  • Employers will be able to nominate holders of all TSS visa streams, including Short-term and Labour Agreement streams. The nominated person will need to have held their TSS (or subclass 457) visa(s) for 2 out of the 3 years before nomination.
  • The RSMS visa will continue to be restricted to transitional 457 workers and transitional 482 workers. 

Nominated occupation requirements

  • Nominated occupations will no longer be assessed against skilled migration occupation lists.
  • The nominated occupation will need to be listed in ANZSCO and the nominated worker will need to continue to work in the occupation nominated for their TSS visa(s). 

Work experience requirements

  • The period in which TSS visa holders are required to have worked in a position with their sponsoring employer (or in the occupation for medical practitioners and certain executives) will be reduced to 2 out of the 3 years before nomination.

Age exemption requirements

  • Changes will be made to age exemptions for regional medical practitioner applicants and high income earning applicants aged 45 years and over to allow for a two-year pathway.
  • COVID-19 related age exemptions that will become redundant as a result of the two-year pathway.

Changes to the TSS visa will apply to new applications lodged on or after 25 November 2023.

Changes to the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream nomination requirements will apply to new ENS/RSMS nomination applications and applications that are yet to be finally determined as at 25 November 2023.

This reform will lead to a significant increase in the number of visa holders eligible to apply for a PR visa, allowing Australia to attract and retain more professionals and boost the economies of businesses and the entire country in general. However, while the changes will increase access to PR for temporary skilled workers, migration program planning levels will not change.

Stay tuned, guys, to be updated on all the latest news!

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