If you are holding a 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 TSS 482/457 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 TSS 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.
(2) Direct Entry stream pathway
Applicants who don’t want to wait the 2 or 3 years needed under the TRT stream are 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 which 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.