Published On :  
March 31, 2022
PR Pathway for Subclass 482 Visa Holders

PR Pathway for Subclass 482 Visa Holders

Permanent Residency Pathway for Subclass 482 Short-Term Stream Visa Holders

In response to the strong labour demand on the Australian labour market and the declining number of temporary visa holders in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on 18 March 2022, the Australian Government has introduced new legislation that will allow certain temporary skilled visa holders of Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) visas (subclass 482 visa) and Subclass 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visas (subclass 457 visa) to become eligible for permanent residence (PR) in Australia.

The instrument forms part of these measures to be implemented on 1 July 2022.  More skilled workers holding subclass 457visas or subclass 482 visas can be nominated and apply for a TRT visa.

On this newlegislation temporary visa holders will be eligible to apply for a permanentvisa (PR) under the following Employer-sponsored programs:

Subclass 186 and 187 visas are permanent residency (PR) visas for skilled workers. A skilled worker must be nominated by a suitable Australian employer to be eligible for these visas. These visa programs allow applicants to be nominated and apply under several streams including ‘Direct Entry’, ‘Temporary Residence Transition’ or the ‘Labour Agreement’ streams. 

The new legislation introduced on 18 March 2022 is applicable only for nominations under the Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRT).

Before introducing this new legislation, to be eligible for PR nomination under theTRT stream for subclass 186 & subclass 187, an applicant had to be theholder of a Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa in the Medium and Long Term Stream (MLTSSL). 

This new legislation will allow specific Subclass 457 and Subclass 482 visa holders in the Short-termstream (STSOL) to access permanent residency.

# Associated bridging visas are also eligible for nomination.

Pathway to PR

From 1 July 2022 applicants will have access topermanent residency under the TRT visa stream if they meet the following conditions:

  • Existing subclass 482 (TSS) visa holders in the short-term stream who were in Australia for at least 12 months between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 and are employed by a suitable Australian employer, will have access to permanent residence.
  • The applicant who, on 18 April 2017, held or had applied for a subclass 457 visa that was subsequently granted.

In regard to ANZCSO, this is relevant to occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) as occupations on the Medium & Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), and Regional Occupation List (ROL) is relevant under the Medium-term stream.

Source: Migration Instrument(LIN 22/038) 2022