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Expanding pathways to PR for temporary skilled sponsored workers

Updated: Nov 28, 2023

The Australian Government intends to modify the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482) visa and Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream within the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (subclass 186) visas. These adjustments aim to create a more straightforward and transparent route to permanent residency for TSS visa holders. The envisioned changes are designed to offer increased assurance to both employers and individuals holding 482TSS visas, fostering an environment that attracts and retains the skilled workforce essential for Australia's needs.

The following changes aim to be implemented from 25 November 2023* (subject to the regulation approval).

Changes to TSS (subclass 482) visa

All short-term stream TSS visa applications can be lodged in Australia

  • Limits on the number of Short-term stream TSS applications visa holders can make in Australia will be removed. Applicants who wish to lodge a third or more Short-term-stream TSS visa can do so from onshore.

  • Short-term-stream TSS visa holders whose visas expire before the date must leave Australia to lodge a third short-term-stream TSS application.

Changes to nomination requirements for the TRT stream of the ENS (subclass 186) & RSMS (subclass 187)

Eligible visa requirements for ENS nominations

  • allowing employers to nominate holders of all streams of TSS visas (including Short-term and Labour Agreement streams) for ENS visa

  • the nominated person will need to have held their TSS (or subclass 457) visa(s) for 2 out of 3 years before ENS nomination.

Nominated occupation requirements

Work experience requirements

  • The period in which TSS visa holders are required to have worked in a position with their sponsoring employer will be reduced to 2 out of the 3 years before nomination (or in the occupation of medical practitioners and certain executives)

Changes to the TRT stream nomination requirements are intended to apply to new ENS and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme nomination applications and applications that are yet to be finally determined as of 25 November 2023*.

Changes to visa requirements for the TRT stream of the ENS (subclass 186) & RSMS (subclass 187)

Age exemption requirements

  • updating age exemptions for regional medical practitioner applicants and high-income earning applicants aged 45 years and over to allow for a two-year pathway.

  • ending COVID-19-related age exemptions that will become redundant due to the two-year pathway.

The Department will be updated closer to implementation. Stay informed about these updates for a seamless visa application process.

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