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Australia Introduces New PR Pathways for Short-Term Visa Holders for Some Occupations

Australia Introduces New PR Pathways for Short-Term Visa Holders for Some Occupations

new PR pathways for short term visa holders

The minister of Immigration, citizenship, multicultural affairs, and migrant services has introduced the anticipated instrument or the short-term temporary skill shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 for those who remained in Australia during a pandemic and now can get the pathway to their PR. The Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the employer with Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa holders will able to avail of this scheme.

Get To Know About The Restrictions?

Before the restrictions are uplifted, the individuals need to apply for the ENS 186 visa under the TRT stream and already have the TSS Subclass 481 visa with the medium-term stream. It includes some exceptions. TSS visa holders in the short stream were not permitted to stay in Australia for more than two years, had limits on onshore renewals, and had no path to permanent residence. Some of the short-term occupations include sales and marketing, finance manager, human resource manager, and marketing specialist. The person with the specific knowledge can apply for ENS 186 visa when they hold a TSS subclass 482 visa and they can be able to apply for the ENS 186 visa.

Who Will Get Affected With This?

This change is affecting mainly two categories of individuals
  1. Specific 457 visa holders and includes the candidates who held their application on 18 April 2017 or where an applicant for the Subclass 475 visa was granted subsequently.
  2. People who were in Australia for a year or more between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 and are the lawful employment or operating their business lawfully

The two exemptions are there for the group of individuals. As per an estimate, there are more than 20, 000 TSS and 457 visa holders who will be eligible to available the benefits.

After Effects of This Amendment?

For special 457 visa holders, this is like a transition arrangement that makes the candidates allow apply for the permanent resident under the ENS 186 visa (it is for those who were in Australia during pandemic time). These individuals have to work on the employer sponsor visa for 2 out of 3 years on a 457/TSS visa. Individuals who were present in Australia during the pandemic for 1 year between 1 February 2020 to 14 December 2021 are considered eligible for the standard TRT stream eligibility along with proving their work for sponsorship on 457/TSS for 3 out of the last 4 years.

When Does This Take Effect?

The specified 457 visa holders are already effective and it came to effect immediately after it is announced. The short-term stream TSS visa holders are exemptions for the case and the changes will be applicable from 1 July 2022.

Can Individuals Enjoy the Exemptions Whose Employment Was Effective By COVID?

COVID is the hardest time hit the health but the impacts are left on employment too. So in case you are not full-time employed due to COVID or on unpaid leave due to COVID then you can be considered the above-mentioned scenarios. The timeframe is r the above scenarios referred as the covid 19 reduced work period. Both the individuals outlined above need to work on the sponsoring employer in the nominated occupation for 2 to 3 years with less related to COVID 19 reduced work period but not for the unpaid leave.


COVID hits hard the health, employment, and many favors of the people. Australia has made amendments to the immigration rules with introduced pathways for PR for short-term visa holders. The above-mentioned information is a helpful idea to get your path clear in a way still you have any confusion regarding the same ten you need to consult a professional. Education Embassy is a leading registered migration agent in Brisbane, Australia. We are a team of qualified professionals updated with entire information and updating in migration rules and laws so can guide you better with your visa application. For more information or any guidance you can contact us today and we will offer you personalized solutions to your queries.

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