Permanent Residency Pathways for Short-Term Skilled Visas and Provisional Registration for Sponsored Doctors

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Short term visa holders will be offered permanent residency pathways and foreign doctors have been advised that they need a more easily attainable registration type.

482 visa holders who work in a job that is on the Regional Occupations List (ROL) can now apply for a Subclass 186 visa in the Temporary Residence Transition stream, thus securing themselves an opportunity to progress to permanent residency and onto citizenship.

Applicants must have had been in the country for at least one year between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 and must be lawfully employed at the time of their application.

The Subclass 186 visa allows for a permanent stay in Australia and costs AUD$4,240. Usually applicants must have worked for their employer for at least three years previous to applying for it.

It is one of the most popular permanent residency pathways for migrants who work and live in Australia.

Doctors and medical practitioners often stay in Australia on Subclass 186 visas, and in another change, they may now be provisional or limited members of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Medical Practitioners who apply for the Subclass 186 visa used to have to have been a member of the organisation, but now a lesser commitment is required.

Visa-nominating organisations may also have to provide a letter stating that they are aware of the “type” of application and agree that the registration held is sufficient.

Finally, Applicants for General Skilled Migration (GSM) visas now have 60 days to obtain a relevant skills assessment.

Meaning that if you were in possession of a valid assessment result when you applied, but did not hold it when you were invited to submit the relevant skills assessment results, you now have an extended period to do so.

Visas which require a relevant skills assessment are the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189), Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190), Skilled Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 489), Skilled Work Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 491).

Now is an excellent time to move to Australia, the unemplyment rate is incredibly low and those with sought after skills are being head hunted by firms across many sectors and industries. 

Visa processing times have been slashed by a recently elected government that is putting the rights and wellbeing of migrants first.