On November 6, 2023, the Australian government announced significant changes to the migration system, creating new pathways to Permanent Residence (PR) for temporary skilled workers. Here’s a quick overview of what’s in store:
1️⃣ Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Visa (subclass 482):BOUT THE VISA
– Removal of limits on Short-term stream TSS applications lodged in Australia.
– Short-term stream TSS holders with visas expiring before the changes will need to lodge a third application from offshore.
2️⃣ Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) (ENS) and Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) (RSMS):
– Employers can now 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 last 3 years before nomination.
3️⃣ Nominated Occupations:
– No longer assessed against skilled migration occupation lists.
– Must be listed in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) and continue working in the nominated occupation.
4️⃣ Work Experience Requirements:
– Period of required work with the sponsoring employer (or in specific occupations) reduced to 2 out of the last 3 years before nomination.
5️⃣ Age Exemptions:
– Changes 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 become redundant due to the two-year pathway will be ended.
These changes aim to provide more equitable access to PR for all TSS visa holders and streamline the nomination process. New applications and nominations, as well as applications in progress, will be subject to these updates from November 25, 2023.
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