Short-Term Skills Visa Permanent Residency Date Imminent

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The Department of Home Affairs has set a date for changes to the subclass 482 Temporary Skills Shortage (TSS) visa, giving hope to tens of thousands of visa holders who want to attain permanent residency and stay in Australia.

On November 25 2023 the employer-sponsored visa will become a pathway to permanent residency if visa holders work a minimum of 2 years for their sponsor.

Once this threshold has been met, employers will be able to sponsor migrants for permanent residency in Australia through the subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme visa.

Subclass 482 visa holders must find an alternate sponsor if they wish to leave the workplace where they are sponsored and must earn above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) of $AUD70,000.

Visa holders must tell the Department of Home Affairs if they take on new duties at work, change location or get a promotion if that promotion involves new duties not specified in the original application.

The visa was designed to relieve acute skills shortages and allows for a stay of up to 4 years if the visa applicant is from a country with which Australia has an International Trade Obligation (ITO). Hong Kong passport holders can stay up to 5 years.

Applicants for the subclass 482 visa (Short-Term Stream) must practise an occupation on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List. It costs $AUD1,455 and 90% of applications are processed within 64 days. 

The other 482 visa stream is the Medium-Term Stream which covers occupations which requires applicants work in an occupation on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List. This Stream allows a four year stay and costs $AUD3,035.

The subclass 186 visa allows holders to stay permanently, costs $AUD4,640 and most applicants should receive a reply from the Department of Home Affairs within a year.

Call Easy Migrate now for your best chance at securing a visa to live and work in Australia.