Significant changes to employer-sponsored migration policy in April 2017 meant thousands of 457 visa holders were caught in a situation that required transitional permanent residency arrangements. These are commonly known as ‘grandfathering arrangements’ and are outlined below.
Even though the 457 visa program has been abolished, you may still be eligible for permanent residency if:
and you meet the following:
If you lodged a 457 visa AFTER 18 April 2017 in an occupation on the MLTSSL or ROL you are eligible for permanent residency if the following is met:
If lodged a 457 visa ON OR BEFORE 18 April 2017 but it was granted AFTER 18 April 2017 in a short term occupation, you may still have a PR pathway.
As occupations on the short term list only allow the granting on a 457 visa for one or two years, you may need to combine your period of employment on a 457 visa with employment on a 482 visa to meet the grandfathering requirements. You would need to apply for the 482 visa before your 457 visa ended.
As noted above, the two years of full time employment must be for the same employer in the same occupation, and you must be under 50 years of age and hold Competent English at the time of PR application.