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Permanent Residency

Pendragon Straight Talk: Episode Thirty

By 14 August 2017No Comments

JOHN GLOVER: Hello and welcome to another Pendragon Straight Talk. I’ve done a couple of presentations in the past couple of weeks to do with immigration and one of the key issues that people have asked me is not about how the changes to the 457 have occurred, but more how do you get permanent residency under the new system. So, I thought I would try to explain it pretty straight forward without too much jargon.
What’s happened is that the old 457 has been changed to the Temporary Skills Shortage Visa, and that’s been turned into two different groups. There is a whole list of occupations on it which comes off of the old 457 list, so it’s still got the same occupations, a few have been removed, but there is two lists.
One list, if your occupation falls on one list you get the four year visa, with the possibility of renewing to four years and if your occupation falls on the two year list, you can have a two year visa with your occupation, allowing you to get another two year onshore visa.
Now, anybody on the four year list the chances of them getting PR, there are multiple options. They can the points, they can go through the employers sponsoring them, there’s a lot more options so we won’t talk about the four year, we will just focus on the two year.
On the two year, if you don’t have a degree, the chances are you will never be able to get permanent residency. If you have a degree, you then have to talk to the company and see if you can get Direct Entry Sponsor, cause the only thing that will be available as of March 2018, most probably, will be Direct Entry Sponsor through ENS, or if you can go to the assessing body and get your own skills assessed you may be able to come in under the point system.
So, there is going to be a lot less opportunity on the two year visa to actually get permanent residency.
The other big change, the big change across both sides is the age. If you are over 45, you will not be able to get permanent residency. So they are changing the age as of March 2018, some of its changed now, some of its already changed, so if you’re over 45, the chances are that you won’t be able to get permanent residency.
So that’s quite a quick Straight Talk this week, I believe, but I think that just succincts exactly where you sit. So, if you are coming in on the two year list, I would ask anybody you’re coming on with what are you options going forward to get permanent residency, let them tell you what they are at that point and that will help you make a decision whether obviously you even want to come to Australia and spend two years working on the new Temporary Skills Shortage Visa.
Thanks for listening, I look forward to talking to you next week.

Purnima Kabra