Zhanna HeenanVisa News 21 February, 2023
The Australian government has introduced a new permanent residence pathway for Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa holders with an occupation on the Regional Occupation List (ROL). These changes commenced on July 1, 2022 and aim to improve access to permanent residency for skilled migrant workers who chose to stay in Australia during the pandemic and had no pathway to Australian PR at the time.
Newly introduced changes mean that TSS visa holders who have been in Australia for at least one year between February 1, 2020, and December 14, 2021, can now apply for permanent residency through the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa. They must however meet all other nomination and visa requirements for the TRT stream of the ENS visa.
This new pathway is not just for Short-term stream TSS visa holders. It is also available to Medium-term stream TSS visa holders with an occupation on the Regional Occupation List. The pathway is available for two years, commencing on July 1, 2022.
The Regional Occupation List (ROL) covers a range of occupations across a range of industries such as healthcare, education, agriculture, and construction. The occupations on this list are in high demand in regional Australia and have been selected as vital for the continued development of regional areas.
Temporary migrants on TSS visas who have been residing and having a job in regional Australia for at least one year, between February 1, 2020, and December 14, 2021, can apply for permanent residency in Australia. It is a way promised by the Australian Government late last year to these skilled temporary migrant workers to remain in Australia permanently and to support the recovery of Australian economy post Covid-19 pandemic.
The ENS visa program was implemented to help Australian eligible businesses fill skilled vacancies in their field. There are two streams under this program: the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream and the Direct Entry (DE) stream.
The TRT stream is for subclass 457 and TSS visa holders who
The DE stream is for applicants who
To be eligible for the TRT stream of the ENS visa, TSS visa holders must:
The ENS visa pathway provides several benefits for both employers and employees. For employers, a way to bring skilled employees, they can’t find locally, to grow and maintain their business. For skilled oversees workers, it provides a pathway to permanent residency in Australia, enabling them to settle in the country and contribute to the Australian economy and society.
In summary, the new permanent residence pathway for TSS subclass 482 visa holders with an occupation on the Regional Occupation List is a promised change enabling temporary skilled overseas workers to settle in Australia permanently. This is an exceptional opportunity for those who have been residing and working in regional Australia for at least one year to establish a long-term future in the country and contribute to its economic growth and development.
It is important for TSS visa holders who are eligible for this new pathway to take advantage within the next two years starting on July 1, 2022. This pathway will be reviewed, and no guarantee has been provided by the Government confirming this pathway will be available beyond the two-year period. Interested and eligible TSS visa holders are encouraged to apply for this pathway as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this exceptional opportunity.
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