482 and 186 Visa Changes

On November 25, 2023, significant changes were implemented in the Employer Sponsored migration pathwayssubclass 482 visa and subclass 186 visa . These modifications have now paved a clearer pathway to PR for Short Term Visa Holders.

These changes apply to:

  • 482 visa applications lodged on or after 25 November 2023; and 
  • 186 Temporary Resident Transition (TRT) nomination applications pending final determination as of November 25, 2023.

These adjustments aim to extend the pathway to permanent residency for skilled foreign workers in Australia.

Changes to the 482 visa 

Previously, holders of the 482 visa with a nominated occupation in the Short Term Skills Occupation List (STSOL), were limited to one onshore visa renewal. Subsequent visas necessitated applications from outside Australia. 

The changes now removes the limit on the number of subclass 482 visa applications one can make in Australia. However, it is important to note that Genuine Temporary Entrant requirements must still be met. The more times one applies for the 482 visa, the higher the chance of facing refusal.

Changes to the 186 visa (TRT) stream 

In summary, key changes include:

  • STSOL occupations becoming eligible for PR transition, removing the Occupation Lists requirement for the 186 TRT stream. 
  • The work experience duration reduced from 3 years to 2 years. Hence, a 482 visa holder now needs 2 years of employment with their sponsor for permanent residency eligibility.
  • High-income earners and regional medical practitioners are exempt from the age requirement and can transition to permanent residency after 2 years of sponsored work experience.

The current focus of the Australian government revolves around addressing skill shortages by prioritising the influx of skilled workers into the country. Notably, there is a distinct emphasis on the employer-sponsored migration pathway by simplifying and expanding access to skilled workers. Individuals considering migration should strongly consider exploring this avenue as it presents a favorable and streamlined route supported by employer sponsorship, potentially enhancing their prospects for successful immigration.

Please note that this summary of law changes is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. For personalised legal guidance regarding your specific circumstances, we recommend consulting with a qualified immigration lawyer. 

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