Temporary Skills Shortage visa subclass 482 (Short Term stream) holders will be able to apply for permanent residency after just two years if they stay at the workplace which provided them with a sponsorship, starting January 1, 2024.
This visa requires applicants to be nominated for a skilled position by an approved sponsor, as well as possess a minimum of two years’ work experience in the nominated occupation or a related field.
Temporary Skills Shortage visa subclass 482 (Short Term stream) holders will also be able to renew their visas indefinitely and can reapply for another visa and carry on living in the country for as long as they want, until they decide to apply for permanent residency.
Applicants must complete a relevant skills assessment if necessary and work exclusively for their sponsor, unless exemptions apply. In most cases they also must satisfy English language requirements.
This change will allow all subclass 482 visa holders to apply for the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) Temporary Residence Transition stream, which is a common pathway to permanent residency.
Previously, only subclass 482 visa holders in the medium term stream and labour agreement stream were allowed to apply for the subclass 186 Temporary residence Transition stream.
The subclass 482 visa allows for a stay of 2 years, with nationals of countries under the International Trade Obligation such as China, Japan, Thailand, Chile, Korea, or New Zealand allowed to stay for up to 4 years. Hong Kong passport holders are allowed to stay for up to 5 years.
A Short Term stream subclass 482 visa costs AUD$1,455 and 90% of visas are processed within 90 days.
Medium Term stream and Labour Agreement streams allow a stay of up to four years for all nationalities and cost AUD$3,035. Family members of subclass 482 visa holders are eligible for a subsequent entrant visa, valid for as long as the original visa is active, at a cost of $AUD1,455.
Applicants for the Short Term stream must also be qualified in an occupation on the short term skilled occupation list.
To find out how to take advantage of these changes, contact Easy Migrate today and talk to an experienced, knowledgeable team member who can help you to make your Australian dream come true.