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Permanent Residency Pathway for TSS 482 Holders

Back on 25 November 2021, Minister Hawke announced significant visa changes to enhance permanent residency pathways for TSS Subclass 482 visa holders in the short-term stream who continued to work in Australia throughout the pandemic.

The special concession will benefit the existing Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) visa holders in the short-term stream, who were previously restricted to a two-year stay without a permanent residency pathway.

The good news is that the new pathways will be for all occupations on the STSOL list and not restricted to specific sectors.  However, I do emphasise that this has not yet been implemented and we have to be mindful in how the upcoming Federal Election will affect this announcement.

We cannot advise further on the eligibility of visa holders or guidelines about the concessions until the new legislation has been released.

The legislation is currently being developed and is expected to be introduced ‘around the middle of the year’.

The Department recognise the potential for the visas of eligible applicants to expire within this period and arrangements are being put in place for those affected applicants.

We have been advised that at this stage there has been no decision to stop accepting new applications for Subclass 408 (Covid visa) so for now people can continue to apply for this to allow them to remain lawful in Australia.  If working in a critical sector including hospitality, child care and aged care you will receive a 12 month visa.  If not working in a critical sector your visa will be granted for three months.

The Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) visa is for skilled workers that have been offered a nomination for a permanent position in an eligible occupation in Australia.

It is a common pathway for 457/482 TSS visa holders who have the ability to transition to permanent residency after two or three years with their nominated employer.

Only occupations that are listed on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) are eligible for sponsorship via the 186 ENS Direct Entry pathway.

Do you think you’re eligible or want to know more?  Get in touch with one of our capable Registered Migration Agents who will be able to guide you through the process by sending through an email to [email protected]

Published Wed 2 March 2022.

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