Pathways to permanent residency (PR) were recently expanded for employer-sponsored 482 visa holders.
The Migration Amendment (Expanding Access to Temporary Residence Transition Stream) Regulations 2023 have been introduced to create more opportunities for subclass 482 skilled workers to access Australian permanent residence more easily.
These are significant reforms, making Australian PR available to many people who previously had no way of permanently residing here.
One of our Registered Migration Agents can check your eligibility for permanent residency via these expanded pathways if you complete our online assessment form.
There are many benefits associated with Australian PR, including greater access to social security benefits, lower education costs and a pathway to Australian citizenship.
Many temporary skilled visa holders in Australia struggle to become permanent residents, leaving a growing number stuck on temporary visas.
These changes aim to make it fairer for all 482 visa holders to apply for permanent residency.
At the same time, the Government is working on bigger reforms in visa programs, following the 2023 Migration System Review’s findings and shaping the Migration Strategy Outline.
Although we cannot predict future Immigration directions, we believe that this major legislative change will remain in place.
It applies to both. If you are sponsored on a 482 visa in the coming months or beyond, you will have a PR pathway regardless of which skilled occupation list your job is on.
There is no skill assessment required for a PR application through the 186 TRT stream. If you intend to apply for a 186 PR visa through the Direct Entry (DE) stream, a skill assessment is mandatory and your occupation must be on the MLTSSL list, among other eligibility requirements. The announcement on 25 November 2023 does not apply to 186 Direct Entry applications.
Unfortunately, no. To be eligible under the new rules, you would need to hold a 482 visa and demonstrate that you have worked for the sponsoring employer for at least 2 of the past 3 years at the time of lodging a 186 TRT PR visa.
There is no priority process for 482 visa holders who are close to meeting the previous three year requirement. However, they can now be nominated without waiting until three years, provided other requirements are met.
You need to hold the 482 for two years. Time spent working for an employer on other visas such as a 417 Working Holiday visa, a COVID 408 visa or 485 visa does not count toward the two years work requirement.