The Australian Government has just released legislation on the permanent residency pathways for visa holders on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL), in response to the strong labour demand and the declining number of temporary visa holders in 2021 due to the pandemic.
From 1 July 2022, a Subclass 457 or 482 visa holder nominated in a STSOL occupation will be able to access the permanent residency pathway under the Subclass 186 Temporary Residency Transition Stream (TRTS), if they:
– Have been in Australia for at least 12 months between 1 Feb 2020 and 14 December 2021; and
– Meet the TRTS requirements (that is, 3 years of employment as a Subclass 457 or 482 visa, age, English language, etc.)
This new legislation provides a pathway to permanent residency for Subclass 482 visa holders in the short-term stream, regardless of whether their nominated occupation is on the Medium & Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or the Regional Occupation List (ROL).
Furthermore, the grandfathering provisions for those who held, or had applied for, a Subclass 457 visa on 18 April 2017 has now been extended.
To learn more about your eligibility for this pathway, please contact Thames Migration in Australia or the United Kingdom.