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NEW Australian Permanent Residency visa pathways

by | Nov 8, 2023 | Migration

Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 Visa to Permanent Residency

The Australian Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that on 25 November 2023 there will be changes implemented to the employer-sponsored permanent residency program.

After the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) Subclass 186 visa reforms have been implemented, short-term Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) 482 Visa holders will gain access to permanent residency under the 186 Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRTS) of the ENS visa program.

  • All Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 visa holders will be eligible for ENS Subclass 186 visas sponsored by their employers.
  • Applicants will need to continue to work in the occupation nominated for their TSS visa(s).
  • Sponsored visa holders will be eligible for ENS under the TRTS after two years (reduced from three years) of sponsorship on a TSS by their employer.
  • Applicants will need to meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TRTS stream of the ENS visa.
  • The limit on Short Term stream TSS visa applications that can be made onshore has also been removed in the interim.


ENS (Subclass 186) PR visa pathway for specified 482/457 Visa Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) holders

Since 1 July 2022 applicants can also apply for permanent residency if they are:

Subclass 457 visa holders:

  • A person who on 18 April 2017 held a subclass 457 visa or had a pending 457 visa application that was subsequently granted


Subclass 482 visa holders:

  • If you were in Australia for at least 12 months between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021; and
  • at the time of application, you are employed by an employer actively and lawfully operating a business in Australia.


This new legislation provides a pathway to permanent residency for Subclass 482 visa holders in the short-term stream, regardless of whether their nominated occupation is on the Medium & Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL).


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