The government is dedicated to implementing changes to Australia's migration system to ensure Temporary Skilled Workers have a pathway to Permanent Residency.
To support this, the Department of Home Affairs is currently working on changes to the following:
Temporary Skill Shortage (subclass 482) (TSS) visa
Temporary Residence Transition stream (TRT) of the Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) (ENS) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) (RSMS) visa subclasses.
These changes are expected to commence from 25 November 2023* (subject to the approval of regulation changes).
Why are the changes being made?
Current pathways to PR for temporary skilled visa holders are often limited, which has led to a growing number of permanent temporary visa holders in Australia.
To attract the skilled workers Australia needs, the government plans to create clear pathways to Permanent Residency for all TSS visa streams. This will provide more certainty to employers and TSS visa holders and simplify the nomination process.
These changes are a first step to providing more equitable access to PR for all TSS visa holders. At the same time, the government continues work on reforms to the skilled visa programs following the development of the Outline of the Migration Strategy and in response to the Review of the Migration System 2023.
Who will these changes apply to?
Changes to the TSS visa will apply to new applications lodged on or after 25 November 2023*.
Changes to the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream nomination requirements will apply to new ENS/RSMS nomination applications and applications that are yet to be finally determined as of 25 November 2023*.
While the changes will increase access to PR for temporary skilled workers, migration program planning levels will not change
So, What will be changing?
There will be Changes to the TSS visa.
All short-term stream TSS visa applications can be lodged in Australia-
Limits on the number of Short-term stream TSS applications visa holders can make in Australia will be removed. Applicants who wish to lodge a third or more Short-term-stream TSS visa can do so from onshore.
Short-term stream TSS holders with visas expiring before the changes will need to travel outside Australia to lodge a third short-term-stream TSS application.
Changes to nomination requirements for the TRT stream of the ENS and RSMS visa subclasses
Eligible visa requirements for ENS/RSMS nominations
Employers can nominate holders of all TSS visa streams, including Short-term and Labour Agreement streams. The nominated person must have held their TSS (or subclass 457) visa(s) for 2 out of the three years before nomination.
The RSMS visa will continue to be restricted to transitional 457 workers and transitional 482 workers.
Let's look at the changes to the Nominated occupation requirements
Nominated occupations will no longer be assessed against skilled migration occupation lists.
The nominated occupation will need to be listed in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), and the nominated worker will need to continue to work in the occupation nominated for their TSS visa(s).
There will be changes to the Work experience requirements
The period in which TSS visa holders are required to have worked in a position with their sponsoring employer (or in the occupation of medical practitioners and certain executives) will be reduced to 2 out of the three years before nomination.
There will be Changes to visa requirements for the TRT stream of the ENS and RSMS visa subclasses.
Age exemption requirements
Changes will be made to age exemptions for regional medical practitioner applicants and high-income earning applicants aged 45 years and over to allow for a two-year pathway.
COVID-19-related age exemptions that will become redundant due to the two-year pathway will be ended.
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