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TSS (subclass 482) visa holders eligible for permanent residency

The Department of Home Affairs has recently announced changes that would enable all subclass 482 visa holders obtain a pathway to permanent residency. Prior to this, subclass 482 visa holders on the short-term list did not have a direct pathway to permanent residency.

It has confirmed that by the end of 2023, the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nominated (subclass 186) will be amended and allow all TSS (subclass 482) visa holders to apply for permanent residency via the Employer Nominated Scheme (subclass 186) visa in the TRT stream.

To enable this the following changes will be introduced:

  • All Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) SC 482 visa holders will be eligible for Employer nominated Scheme 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 TRT after two years (down from three years) of sponsorship on a TSS by their employer.

  • Applicants will need to meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TRT stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme visa.

  • The limit on Short Term stream TSS visa applications that can be made onshore has also been removed in the interim.

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