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This article was originally published on March 31, 2022, and was updated on June 21, 2022, to reflect new information.

June 21, 2022 Update: Beginning July 1, 2022, the government of Australia will allow holders of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa to apply for permanent residency under the subclass 186 Temporary Residency Transition visa. Eligible applicants will also include those with subclass 482 or a 457 visa.

In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate proof of the following:

Having resided in Australia for a minimum period of 12 months between the period of February 1, 2020, and December 14, 2022; and

Having worked in Australia full-time for a period of three years or more in the past four years.

For additional information on qualifications, check here.

Original Post From March 31, 2022

Key Points

  • Visa holders of Subclass 457 or 482 visas will be eligible for permanent residency in Australia


On March 18, 2022, the government of Australia announced amendments to its legislation on the permanent residency pathways for Subclass 482 and Subclass 457 visa holders on the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). Under these amendments, these visa holders who have been nominated to the STSOL will be eligible for the permanent residence pathway under the Subclass 186 Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRTS). To qualify, applicants must:

  • Have resided in Australia for a minimum period of six months between the periods of February 1, 2020, and December 14, 2022
  • Meet the requirements laid out under the TRTS

For additional information, click here.

What are the Changes?

The government of Australia introduced amendments to allow visa holders of Subclass 482 or 457 to access a pathway to permanent residency in the country. These changes are expected to be officially implemented beginning in July 2022.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Australia’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Australian Government

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