Effective 25 November 2023, the Department of Home Affairs implemented significant visa changes for Australia’s employer-sponsored permanent residency program, specifically the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (Subclass 482) visa, offering new Permanent Residence (PR) visa pathways for skilled workers.
Through these visa reforms, the government aims to simplify the pathway to permanent residency for 482 visa holders, ensuring Australia attracts and retains skilled workers.
Nevett Ford specialises in assisting ambitious workers in navigating the intricacies of the employer-sponsored and nominated visa process. We take pride in our high success rates and satisfied clients who have achieved their dreams of securing Australian permanent residency.
With our extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of Australian immigration laws, we are committed to helping you with eligibility assessments, preparation of required documents, and answering any questions you may have along the way. Our lawyers endeavour to make process straightforward and stress-free, empowering you to embark on a fulfilling career path and life in Australia.
If you are a skilled worker with aspirations of securing an Australian permanent residency or simply looking for Australian immigration law and visa assistance, contact us today – we will be happy to assist you!
What You Need To Know
482 Visa Changes Overview
From 25 November 2023, the limit on the number of short-term stream 482 visa applications that visa holders can make in Australia will be removed.
186 Visa Changes
1. All 482 visa holders in the short-term stream will gain access to permanent residency under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRTS) of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (Subclass 186) visa program.
2. Applicants will be eligible for 186 visas under the TRTS after two years (reduced from three years) of sponsorship on a 482 visa by the employer.
3. The eligibility criteria for these new visa changes include:
- Applicants will need to continue to work in the occupation nominated for their 482 visa(s).
- Applicants will need to meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TRTS of the 186 visa.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do the recent visa reforms affect my chances of permanent residency?
The recent Australian visa changes open up new opportunities for 482 visa holders in the short-term stream. After two years of sponsorship by your employer, you can be eligible for the TRTS under the 186 visa program.
However, there are other eligibility criteria that you must satisfy in order to get on this new PR pathway. Contact us for a personalised assessment of your eligibility.
Is there a deadline for applying under the new legislation?
While there is no immediate deadline, staying informed and acting promptly is advised. The sooner you explore your options, the better. Get in touch with our experienced team of immigration lawyers for the latest updates.
Can I apply for permanent residency if my nominated occupation is on the STSOL?
Yes, the new visa changes provide a pathway for short-term 482 visa holders, regardless of your nominated occupation’s classification and after you have been employed by your sponsor (employer) for two years.
How does the removal of the limit on short-term stream 482 visa applications impact me?
The removal of the limit allows more flexibility for onshore applications. If you are in the short-term stream, you now have greater freedom in pursuing your permanent residency goals through multiple applications.
What documentation is required for the new application?
The application process involves various documents, including employment records, nomination details, and visa requirements. Our team of skilled immigration lawyers will provide you with a comprehensive checklist tailored to your situation to ensure a smooth application process. Get in touch with us today.
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Our immigration lawyers have many years of experience and expertise in immigration matters and strive to achieve successful visa results – even for those who have had their cases rejected by other lawyers. Nevett Ford has been providing immigration law advice to clients since the 1980s.
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We understand that every employer-sponsored and nominated visa application is unique. We will assist you step-by-step and provide quality migration advice tailored to your situation.
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