Australia is set to introduce significant changes to its immigration system, streamlining the pathway to Permanent Residency (PR) for temporary skilled workers. Effective November 25, 2023, these changes are designed to create more accessible avenues for those on the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa, ultimately supporting a smoother transition to Permanent Residency.
The motivation behind these changes is to establish fairer access to PR for all TSS subclass 482 visa holders, ensuring that Australia can attract and retain the skilled workers it requires to bolster its workforce.
The modifications will impact new SC482 visa applications from November 25, 2023, as well as new nominations for the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) subclass 187 applications from the same date.
Key Changes to Expect:
Sub Class 482 Visa:
– Removal of restrictions on short-term stream Subclass 482 applications in Australia.
– Allowance for short-term stream Subclass 482 holders to submit multiple onshore applications.
Sub Class 186 & 187 Nominations:
– Expansion of eligible visa requirements for nominations across all SC482 visa streams.
– Nominated occupations will no longer undergo assessment against skilled migration lists.
– Reduction of work experience requirements to 2 out of the last 3 years before nomination.
Subclass 186/187 Visas (TRT Stream):
– Modifications to age exemptions for regional medical practitioners and high income earners for a streamlined two-year pathway.
– Cessation of COVID-19 related age exemptions.
These adjustments are aimed at providing increased certainty for both employers and Subclass 482 visa holders, forming part of continuous reforms to the skilled visa programs. Although these changes enhance the accessibility to PR for temporary skilled workers, the migration program planning levels will remain unaffected.
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