How do you move from your current TSS 482 visa to Australian Permanent Residence? This will be heavily dependent on the stream on which your 482 TSS visa was granted. Your 482 stream can be one of the following:
- Medium-term for visa holders nominated in occupations on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL)
- Short-term for visa holders nominated in occupations on the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). Unless covered by grandfathering provisions*, these TSS 482 visa holders can find it difficult to obtain employer-sponsored PR options
- Labour agreement for visa holders working for businesses that have entered into a labour agreement with the Department of Home Affairs. Successful applications mean that approved STSOL occupations can be nominated for PR (ENS 186).
*Grandfathering provisions apply to anyone who, on 18 April 2017, was holding a 457 visa, or had lodged a 457 visa that was subsequently granted.
Let’s dive through some of the caveats of each when moving from a 482 visa to PR..:
Occupations – Medium-Term Stream
For TSS 482 visa holders nominated in occupations on the MLTSSL, the most commonly used pathway to PR is the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) 186 visa:
Be nominated by an employer actively and lawfully operating in Australia
Be under 45 years of age, unless exemptions apply
Have Competent English, unless exemptions apply
Meet health and character requirements
If using the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream, applicants will need to have been working for the business in their nominated occupation, while holding their TSS 482 visa for at least 3 years. If covered by grandfathering provisions*, the period is 2 years.
If using the Direct Entry stream, applicants do not need to be holding a TSS 482 visa or 457 visas but, generally need a positive skills assessment in their nominated occupation along with at least 3 years of relevant work experience
Occupations – Short-Term Stream
If a TSS 482 visa holder is nominated in an occupation on the STSOL, their options for PR are limited.
To qualify for the ENS 186 visa, they will need to be in the cohort covered by grandfathering provisions*. If a TSS 482 visa holder isn’t covered by the grandfathering provisions they will need to consider whether they can:
Qualify for the Skilled Nominated 190 visa
Change their nominated occupation to one on the MLTSSL or ROL
Be sponsored by an employer to live and work in a designated regional area where a Skilled Regional 191 permanent residence visa may be possible after 3 years.
Qualify for a family-sponsored visa e.g. partner visa
Determining options for Australian permanent residency can be quite a lot of work, therefore can seem a bit daunting, we would encourage you to book your consultation today or contact us today to get the ball rolling!