Recent exciting announcements by the Federal Government indicate that individuals holding short-term 457 and 482 visas in Australia will soon have the opportunity to embark on a pathway towards permanent residency (PR) after a mere two years of employment. Anticipated to be implemented by the close of 2023, these forthcoming regulations will also expand the list of occupations eligible for this accelerated PR route. Continue reading to gain insights into the key aspects of these upcoming changes.
What is the new 482 visa PR pathway?
Up until now, individuals sponsored for employment in Australia through the 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa had to wait three years before qualifying for the Subclass 186 Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) pathway. The TRT pathway enables employers to sponsor skilled workers for permanent residency, a pivotal step for those aspiring to become Australian citizens.
However, with changes set to take effect on November 25, sponsored short-term 457 and 482 visa holders will now only need two years of employment to be eligible for the Subclass 186 transitional visa. This departure from the previous regulations also extends the pathway to those on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), broadening the scope to include professionals in various sectors such as hospitality management, butchery, journalism, information and communication technology (ICT) management, massage therapy, hairdressing, library services, and teaching, among others.
While the pathway has expanded, applicants must still meet other criteria outlined in the 186 Temporary Residence Transition Scheme, encompassing health, character, and English language requirements. Additionally, most applicants are required to be under the age of 45, with some exceptions. Detailed eligibility criteria for the Subclass 186 visa can be accessed on the Department of Home Affairs website.