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New pathways to permanent residence for occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)


Update May 2023:

  1. Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) Stream Amendment: By the end of 2023, the TRT stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa will be amended. All Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa holders will be eligible for ENS visas sponsored by their employers.
    • Applicants will need to continue working in the occupation nominated for their TSS visa(s).
    • Sponsored visa holders will be eligible for ENS TRT after two years (reduced from three years) of sponsorship on a TSS visa by their employer.
    • They will need to meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TRT stream of the ENS visa.
  2. Removal of Onshore Short-Term Stream TSS Visa Application Limit: The limit on Short-Term stream TSS visa applications that can be made onshore has been removed temporarily.
  3. Pathway to Permanent Residency: A legislative instrument has been released outlining a pathway to permanent residency from July 1, 2022.
    • If you were in Australia as the holder of a TSS visa for 12 months between February 1, 2020, and December 14, 2021, and
    • meet the requirements for the Subclass 186 ENS visa, you may have a pathway to permanent residency.
  4. Nominating Short-Term TSS Visa Holders: Employers will be able to nominate short-term TSS subclass 482 visa holders in two-year occupations for permanent residence under the subclass 186 visa if the employee meets the following criteria:
    • Is in Australia for at least 12 months between February 1, 2020, and December 14, 2021.
    • Meets the general criteria for the subclass 186 visa under the temporary transition stream.
  5. Extension of Grandfathering Arrangements: The government has announced the extension of the grandfathering arrangements for subclass 457 visa holders who held or had applied for a subclass 457 visa as of April 18, 2017.

Please note that immigration policies and regulations are subject to change. It is recommended to consult with an Immigration Lawyers or a registered migration agent for the most up-to-date information on specific visa pathways and requirements.

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