Subclass 186 (transition stream) age exemptions:
You must generally be less than 45 years of age. Exemptions are, however, available to applicants who meet any of the below:
1. Senior Academic: If you are nominated as a senior academic by a university in Australia, you can be exempt from the age requirement.
2. Scientist, Researcher, or Technical Specialist: If you are nominated as a scientist, researcher, or technical (scientific) specialist at ANZSCO skill level one or two by an Australian government scientific agency, you can be exempt from the age requirement.
3. Fair Work High Income Threshold: If you are applying through the 186 visa Temporary Residence Transition stream and have been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a TSS or subclass 457 visa for the last three years, and your earnings were at least equivalent to the Fair Work High Income Threshold ($162,000) for each year over that period, you can be exempt from the age requirement.
4. Medical Practitioner in Regional Australia: If you are a medical practitioner (ANZSCO Minor Group 253) applying through the Temporary Residence Transition stream, you can be exempt from the age requirement if you meet the following criteria:
· You have been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a TSS or subclass 457 visa for at least three years immediately before applying.
· For two of those years, you were employed in regional Australia.
· The nominated position is located in regional Australia.
5. Special Category or New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa: If you hold a Special Category visa (subclass 444) or New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (subclass 461) and have been working for the employer who nominated you for at least two years (excluding any periods of unpaid leave) in the last three years immediately before applying, you can be exempt from the age requirement. This exemption applies to the Direct Entry stream only.
6. Labour Agreement Stream: If you are applying through the Labour Agreement stream and the relevant labour agreement allows for a person who has turned 45 to be employed, you can be exempt from the age requirement.
Additionally, there is a transitional arrangement for the Temporary Residence Transition stream. If you are over 45 years of age but under 50 and held or were an applicant for a subclass 457 visa (which was subsequently granted) on 18 April 2017, you may be able to apply for a visa under the Temporary Residence Transition stream.
It’s important to note that immigration regulations can change over time, so it’s always best to consult with an Immigration Lawyer or a registered migration agent for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding visa requirements and exemptions. Please call our office on 02 9286 8700 or email: email@example.com
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