Do you currently hold a Subclass 457 visa and want to apply for permanent residence in 2018? | Pitt & Moore, Lawyers in Nelson
Do you currently hold a Subclass 457 visa and want to apply for permanent residence in 2018?
Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has announced transitional arrangements for Subclass 457 visa holders applying for permanent residence under the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) from March 2018.
- Occupation requirements remain the same (i.e. there are no restrictions as long as the nominee continues to work in the same position for the same employer as approved for their subclass 457 visa);
- The age requirement will remain at less than 50 years of age; and
- The work experience requirement, and the requirement to have worked at least two out of the three years prior to nomination on a Subclass 457, will remain at two years.
Who will benefit from these changes?
The proposed transitional arrangements will benefit employees aged 45 but below 50 years of age who held, or had applied for, a Subclass 457 visa as at April 18, 2017. These employees will continue to have an eligibility pathway for ENS or RSMS under the TRT stream post March 2018. However, they will likely be subject to the new training levy framework.
Changes to list of occupations on horizon
Australia’s Department of Employment released for consultation a bulletin which flags possible changes to the list of occupations eligible for the employer-linked temporary and permanent visa programs. These changes are scheduled to take effect on 1 January 2018.
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If you’d like more information on this topic or any aspect of Australian immigration law, talk to Elly Fleming, Solicitor, Pitt & Moore.