On 27 April 2023, the Albanese Government shared a media release announcing the expanded PR pathways for all Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) (subclass 482) visa holders within its existing capped permanent program.
By the end of 2023, the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme SC 186 will be amended.
- Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) SC 482 visa holders will be eligible for ENS visas sponsored by their employers. It will no longer be limited to MTSSL occupations only.
- Applicants will need to continue to work in the occupation nominated for their TSS visa(s).
- Sponsored visa holders will be eligible for ENS TRT after two years (down from three years) of sponsorship on a TSS by their employer.
- Applicants will need to meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TRT stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme visa.
- The limit on Short Term stream TSS visa applications that can be made onshore has also been removed in the interim.
“Providing pathways to permanent residency for workers on Temporary Skill Shortage visas is another step towards ending the ‘permanently temporary’ limbo that formed a key part of the decade of mismanagement under the former Liberal government,” said the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Giles
This change will provide employers and migrants with more certainty and will help increase the skill level in our permanent skilled program.
However, it is still uncertain if there will be age concessions offered or whether applicants still need to be under 45 years of age to apply.
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