Are you eligible to apply for Permanent Residence in Australia?

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Published: 20 March 2024
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In November 2023, Australia implemented significant changes to its employer sponsored migration pathways, specifically the subclass 482 visa and subclass 186 visa. These changes aim to provide a more direct pathway to permanent residency for short-term visa holders.

What has changed? 

Changes to the subclass 482 Visa:

Previously, holders of the subclass 482 visa with a nominated occupation in the Short Term Skills Occupation List (STSOL) were restricted to one onshore visa renewal—additional visas required applications from outside Australia.

Now, the changes remove the limit on the number of subclass 482 visa applications one can make in Australia. However, it is crucial to note that all visa requirements must still be met. Repeated applications for the subclass  482 visa may increase the likelihood of refusal.

Changes to the subclass 186 Visa (TRT) Stream:

  • More occupations eligible to apply for Permanent Residence: STSOL and some ROL occupations are now eligible to apply for a 186 transition visa
  • Subclass 482 visa work experience requirement reduced from 3 years to 2 years.

Am I eligible? 

If you already hold a subclass 482 visa or intend to apply for a 482 visa, you may be eligible for a subclass  186 visa after two years with your employer on this visa. 

Our advice: 

Individuals considering migration should explore this avenue, as it offers a streamlined route supported by employer sponsorship, potentially enhancing their prospects for successful immigration.

Please note that this summary of law changes serves informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. For personalised guidance regarding your specific circumstances, we recommend consulting with one of our Registered Migration Agents.