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Temporary 482 Skill Visa Holders (short-term stream) can apply for Australian Permanent Residency



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​From 1 July 2022 there will be changes to improve access to permanent residence for skilled migrant workers who chose to stay in Australia during the pandemic.

 

These arrangements extend to Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 (Short-term stream) and Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa holders.

 

Temporary Skill Shortage Visa - Subclass 482

The Temporary Skill Shortage Visa (Subclass 482) is a temporary visa that allows Australian employers to sponsor a suitably skilled worker to fill a position they can’t find a suitably skilled Australian to fill.

 

This visa has 4 seperate streams: The Short Term Stream, Medium Stream, Labour Agreement Stream and Subsequent Entrant Stream.

 

With this visa, you can

  • work in Australia for up to 2 years or up to 4 years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years  
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid
  • if eligible, apply for permanent residence

 

You must

  • be nominated to work in an occupation on the list of eligible short-term skilled occupations
  • have at least 2 years relevant work experience in your nominated occupation or a related field
  • have a relevant skills assessment if this is required for your occupation
  • work only for your sponsor or associated entity, unless you are exempt
  • meet minimum standards of English language proficiency unless you are exempt from needing to show this

 

Permanent residence pathways for Temporary Skill Shortage (Short-term stream)  

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa holders in the short-term stream

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa holders in the short-term stream will be able to apply for permanent residence through the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa.

 

To be eligible TSS visa holders must:

  • have been in Australia for at least one year between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021
  • meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TRT stream of the ENS visa.

This pathway will be available for two years from 1 July 2022.

 

Currently, the Department is prioritising applications on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL) and those in critical sectors as per Ministerial Directions.  

 

These arrangements also apply to Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa holders with an occupation on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). This will allow eligible subclass 457 visa holders to apply for the TRT stream of the ENS without first applying for a TSS visa.

Transitional arrangements for subclass 457 visa holders seeking a permanent residence pathway through the TRT stream of the ENS came into effect when the subclass 457 visa was replaced by the TSS visa. These transitional arrangements were due to end on 18 March 2022 but will continue to be available, to be reviewed within two years.

 

Legacy Temporary Work (Skilled) subclass 457 visa

Eligible legacy subclass 457 visa holders will be able to access an age exemption when applying through the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa.

 

To be eligible for the age exemption legacy subclass 457 visa holders must:

  • have held a subclass 457 visa on or after 18 April 2017
  • have been in Australia between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 for at least one year
  • meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TRT stream of the ENS visa.

 

The age exemption will be accessible for two years from 1 July 2022.

 

Special Conditons

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 (Short-term stream) visa holders who are unable to apply for a further TSS visa in Australia

Eligible former TSS visa holders, who have worked in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic, will be also able to apply for a third short-term stream TSS visa while in Australia. This will assist prospective applicants to remain in Australia and meet nomination requirements for an ENS visa under the TRT stream.

 

To be eligible applicants must:

  • have held not more than two short-term stream TSS visas 
  • have been in Australia between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 for at least one year while holding a TSS (Short-term stream) visa
  • meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TSS (Short-term stream) visa.

To apply for a TSS visa applicants must hold a substantive or bridging (A, B or C) visa at the time of application.

The third TSS visa will be accessible for one year from 1 July 2022.

 

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Source:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/archive/article?itemId=884

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