457/482 Visa Holders… This Could Be Your Pathway For PR…
If you are holding a 457 Visa or Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa and would like to apply for Australian Permanent Residence under the Employer Nomination Scheme (also known as ENS or company-sponsored PR), you may qualify under the following two main pathways.
(1) Temporary Residence Transition stream pathway (most popular pathway)
If you held or applied for a 457 visa on or before 18 April 2017, and you have worked for your sponsoring employer for at least 2 years full-time in Australia, you will qualify for PR under the ENS.
However, if you held or applied for a 457/TSS 482 visa after 18 April 2017, you need to wait until you have worked for your sponsoring employer for at least 3 years full-time (instead of 2), before you apply for PR and be on the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) or in some cases if you have been sponsored and working in a regional area on the Short Term Skilled occupation list (STSOL) (Please check with a migration Agent or migration Lawyer what constitutes regional for the STSOL)
(2) Direct Entry stream pathway
Applicants who don’t want to wait the 2 or 3 years needed under the TRT stream may be able to apply earlier, however, they will need to obtain a positive skills assessment with their nominated assessing authority. For example, an Accountant will need to obtain a positive skills assessment with Chartered Accountants (CA) Australia or Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia. These assessing authorities are independent bodies that undertake a review of your qualifications and work experience, to determine whether it aligns with Australian standards.
In addition to obtaining the positive skills assessment, applicants will need to have at least 3 years of full-time work experience in total, however, the 3 years doesn’t need to be with the sponsoring employer, and can be work experience from overseas.
They must also be on the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
Disclaimer: The above is the current information as per the department of home affairs site; we strongly recommend you get professional advice, from a migration agent or migration lawyer, re the above information before lodging the TSS 482 visa.