Expanding Employer-Sponsored Ways To Permanent Residence 

Expanding Employer-Sponsored Ways To Permanent Residence 

Expanding Employer-Sponsored Ways To Permanent Residence 

Posted by admin on November 28, 2023

The Australian government intends to enact significant modifications to its immigration system to facilitate temporary skilled workers’ transition to permanent residency (PR). Find out more about the planned extension of Australia’s Employer Sponsored Pathways to Permanent Residence for Skilled Workers.

What is The Purpose of The Modifications?

The government intends to set up clear routes to permanent residence for all TSS 482 visa streams to draw in the qualified labour that Australia needs. It will streamline the nomination process and give companies and TSS visa holders greater assurance.

While the government continues to work on adjustments to the skilled visa programs in response to the Review of the Migration System 2023 and the formulation of the Outline of the Migration Strategy, these revisions are a first step toward giving more fair access to PR for all holders of TSS 482 visa.

To Whom Does This Amendment Benefit?

These changes will impact the all-new Employer Nomination scheme subclass 186 (Transitional Pathway) visa applications filed on or after November 25, 2023. It is important to remember that even with expanded access to permanent residence for temporary skilled workers, the overall planning levels for the migration program would remain the same.

Important Changes to Expect

Modifications to TSS Visas: From 25th November 2023


Application for a TSS visa in Australia for any short-term stream is possible.

  • The number of TSS applications that holders of a short-term stream visa may submit while in Australia will no longer be limited. Onshore completion of the application procedure is possible for a third or more Short-term-stream TSS visas.
  • Holders of short-term stream TSS whose visas expire before the amendments take effect will have to leave Australia to submit a third short-term-stream TSS application.

Amendments in nomination requirement for TRT Stream ENS and RSMS visas: From 25th November 2023


Requirements for eligible visas for nominations to the ENS and RSMS

  • All TSS visa streams, including the Short-term and Labour Agreement streams, will allow employers to nominate holders.

For two of the three years before nomination, the nominee must have held their TSS (or subclass 457) visa(s).

  • Only transitory 457 and 482 workers will be eligible for the RSMS visa proceeding.

Requirements for the designated occupation

  • The Nominated occupations evaluation against skilled migration occupation listings will cease to exist.
  • The nominated worker must continue to work in the occupation nominated for their TSS visa(s), and the nominated occupation must be included in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).

Requirements for work experience

  • TSS visa holders must have worked two of the three years before nomination in a position with their sponsoring employer (or in the industry for physicians and certain executives).

Other amendments for the TRT stream of ENS and RSMS visas


Criteria for age exemption

  • A two-year pathway will be possible through modifications to the age exemptions for candidates seeking to become regional medical practitioners and high-earning applicants 45 years and older.
  • The age exemptions relating to COVID-19 that will no longer be necessary due to the two-year pathway will be terminated.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will the present procedure that permits an individual with a two-year visa to apply for a TRT subclass 186 visa upon reaching the 23-month milestone remain in place to save the cost of filing for a new 482 visa?

Currently, DHA can consider applications where lodgement has occurred a few days before the three-year date to prevent inefficiencies resulting from the 457/TSS visa ceasing a few days short of a visa holder meeting the three-year requirement and necessitating obtaining a further TSS visa to meet this requirement. Reducing the eligibility period to two years would follow a similar course of action.

Q. Which ANZSCO code—four or six digits—must the applicant use for the 186 TRT visa if they possess the same code for the 482/457 visa? 

The specified occupation must match the identified person’s most recent Subclass 457 (Temporary Work (Skilled)) or Subclass 482 (Temporary Skill Shortage) visa in terms of the occupation’s 4-digit ANZSCO occupation unit group code. It is a current necessity that won’t be altered. It complements the need for the 457/TSS holder to have held the same job with the sponsoring company (or, in the case of physicians and certain executives, have worked in that occupation).

Q. Will applicants who hold a 482 visa due to their occupation code 070499 be permitted to use this code on their 186 TRT application even if it isn’t an ANZSCO code?

At this time, DHA has no plans to modify the requirement that the specified occupation be included in ANZSCO. It means that the temporary residence transition stream will not be available to those who hold a TSS visa regarding the labour agreement determined occupation code 070499. There will be a route accessible in the Employer Nomination Scheme Subclass 186 Visa as long as the conditions of the labour agreement are met.


Short-term Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass visa 482 holders will benefit from two impending skilled migration program modifications proposed by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. The Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) subclass 186 visa Australia program will offer an expanded pathway for employer-sponsored permanent residency, wherein the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills list will not be the only criteria for eligibility. In addition to meeting all other TRT ENS visa program requirements, Visa candidates must demonstrate a two-year job history with the sponsoring employer and work in the occupation they have designated.

The change will not affect current visa holders or authorised nominations submitted before this date. The Department of Home Affairs is being questioned more regarding the implications for nominations submitted but not completed by July 1, 2023. Top Migration consultant Adelaide, will go through the circumstances and provide updates as needed. 

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