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PR Pathways to support 457 & 482 Visa holders

By now everyone seems to be aware that the Minister of Immigration announced last week that there will be some positive changes coming for temporary skilled workers looking for a pathway to permanent residency. 

Is it the magic pill that everyone was speaking about to assist all temporary 482/457 visa holders to get to PR?  Perhaps not exactly…

These changes however will benefit skilled workers who remained here during the pandemic and encourage them to stay in Australia permanently.


“Eligible skilled workers, already in Australia, will continue to support local businesses facing critical shortages, particularly in health, hospitality and our regions,” Minister Hawke said.

These visa changes will improve access to permanent residence for:

•    Existing 482 visa holders (Temporary Skill Shortage) in the short-term stream

•    Legacy 457 visa holders (temporary Work Skilled) who, on 18 April 2017, held or had applied for a subclass 457 visa that was subsequently granted.

Under these new arrangements, existing 482 and 457 visa holders granted in ‘Short–term’ occupations, who have remained in Australia during the pandemic, may be eligible to apply for the 186 ENS Permanent Visa. 

“This is a special concession recognising those highly skilled migrant workers who chose to stay in Australia throughout the pandemic, while continuing to address Australia’s acute shortages. This allows them to stay here, with a pathway to Australian citizenship,” Minister Hawke said.

“There are currently about 20,000 primary Temporary Skill Shortage and 457 visa holders in Australia who may benefit from these arrangements. Most of these workers are employed in the highest-skilled occupations and the largest cohorts of workers benefiting from these changes include those currently employed in the health and hospitality industries, including many workers in regional Australia,” Minister Hawke said.

It is expected that the date of implementation for these changes is 1st July 2022. 


SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT POINTS

Below are the main key points that you can take away and consider prior to discussing with a Registered Migration Agent to better understand your situation and how it fits under these new changes: 

1.    Australian businesses can nominate any (457 or 482 visa holder) sponsored employee for permanent residency under the 186 ENS category if the employee remained in Australia for at least 12 months during the period of 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021.

2.    The 186 nominations for permanent residency can ONLY be submitted after the employee has worked with the same business on a sponsored visa (457 or 482) for at least a total of 3 years.

3.    Applications can ONLY be lodged from 1st July 2022.


IMPORTANT TIPS

1.    DO seek professional advice from a registered migration agent or qualified immigration lawyer - There are currently many blogs and articles put out by agents providing sample cases that meet the new changes in legislation.  We encourage any potential applicants NOT to make a decision to submit an application just based on these online examples.  No two cases are ever quite the same and any small detail can mean the difference between an approval or a refusal;

2.    DO NOT make decisions based on social media or forum advise - Currently there is a lot of chatter on social media and other forums.  Many registered and unregistered agents that are providing comments/advise that unsuspecting visa holders will take on and make decisions which could seriously impact their application outcome; 

3.    DO request a consultation with a professional to get a better understanding as to how your situation may fit into the new changes.  

If you would like to get further information on your particular situation, you can contact Carlos Sellanes at Sellanes Clark, a specialist law firm in Immigration. The AHC consults with Carlos on matters of immigration on behalf of members and the industry. The contact details are below:

Email: carlos@sellanesclark.com

Phone: 61 2 9891 0072

Website: www.sellanesclark.com


CURRENT ELIGIBLE OCCUPATIONS

Based on the legislation coming into effect in 1st Jul 2022, if you are sponsored under any of these occupations, you should be eligible for employer sponsored PR if:

a)    You remained in Australia for at least 12 months between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021; and

b)    You have worked with the same employer on a sponsored (457 or 482) visa for 3 years and are being nominated by that employer for PR.*

*NOTE: If you haven’t yet been sponsored by same employer for 3 years, you will be eligible when you reach the 3-year period, provided that there have been no changes to the legislation requirements.


Item - Occupation - ANZSCO code

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2    grape grower        121215

3    vegetable grower (Aus) / market gardener (NZ)    121221

4    apiarist        121311

5    poultry farmer        121321

6    sales and marketing manager        131112

7    advertising manager        131113

8    corporate services manager        132111

9    finance manager        132211

10    human resource manager        132311

11    research and development manager        132511

12    manufacturer        133411

13    production manager (forestry)        133511

14    production manager (manufacturing)        133512

15    production manager (mining)        133513

16    supply and distribution manager        133611

17    health and welfare services managers (nec)    134299

18    school principal        134311

19    education managers (nec)        134499

20    ICT project manager        135112

21    ICT managers (nec)        135199

22    laboratory manager        139913

23    quality assurance manager        139914

24    specialist managers (nec) except:

(a)    ambassador; or

(b)    archbishop; or

(c)    bishop        139999

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26    hotel or motel manager        141311

27    accommodation and hospitality managers (nec)    141999

28    customer service manager        149212

29    conference and event organiser        149311

30    transport company manager        149413

31    facilities manager        149913

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33    photographer        211311

34    book or script editor        212212

35    director (film, television, radio or stage)        212312

36    film and video editor        212314

37    program director (television or radio)        212315

38    stage manager        212316

39    technical director        212317

40    video producer        212318

41    copywriter        212411

42    newspaper or periodical editor        212412

43    print journalist        212413

44    technical writer        212415

45    television journalist        212416

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48    commodities trader        222111

49    finance broker        222112

50    insurance broker        222113

51    financial brokers (nec)        222199

52    financial market dealer        222211

53    stockbroking dealer        222213

54    financial dealers (nec)        222299

55    financial investment adviser        222311

56    financial investment manager        222312

57    recruitment consultant        223112

58    ICT trainer        223211

59    mathematician        224112

60    gallery or museum curator        224212

61    health information manager        224213

62    records manager        224214

63    librarian        224611

64    organisation and methods analyst        224712

65    patents examiner        224914

66    information and organisation professionals (nec)    224999

67    advertising specialist        225111

68    marketing specialist        225113

69    ICT account manager        225211

70    ICT business development manager        225212

71    ICT sales representative        225213

72    public relations professional        225311

73    technical sales representatives (nec) including education sales representatives    225499

74    fashion designer        232311

75    industrial designer        232312

76    jewellery designer        232313

77    graphic designer        232411

78    illustrator        232412

79    web designer        232414

80    interior designer        232511

81    urban and regional planner        232611

82    geologist        234411

83    primary school teacher        241213

84    middle school teacher (Aus) / intermediate school teacher (NZ)    241311

85    education adviser        249111

86    art teacher (private tuition)        249211

87    dance teacher (private tuition)        249212

88    music teacher (private tuition)        249214

89    private tutors and teachers (nec)        249299

90    teacher of English to speakers of other languages        249311

91    dietitian        251111

92    nutritionist        251112

93    occupational health and safety adviser        251312

94    orthoptist        251412

95    hospital pharmacist        251511

96    industrial pharmacist        251512

97    retail pharmacist        251513

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99    health diagnostic and promotion professionals (nec)    251999

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101    naturopath        252213

102    traditional Chinese medicine practitioner    252214

103    complementary health therapists (nec)        252299

104    dental specialist        252311

105    resident medical officer        253112

106    nurse educator        254211

107    nurse researcher        254212

108    nurse manager        254311

109    web developer        261212

110    software tester        261314

111    database administrator        262111

112    systems administrator        262113

113    network administrator        263112

114    network analyst        263113

115    ICT quality assurance engineer        263211

116    ICT support engineer        263212

117    ICT systems test engineer        263213

118    ICT support and test engineers (nec)        263299

119    judicial and other legal professionals (nec)    271299

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121    drug and alcohol counsellor        272112

122    family and marriage counsellor        272113

123    rehabilitation counsellor        272114

124    student counsellor        272115

125    counsellors (nec)        272199

126    psychotherapist        272314

127    interpreter        272412

128    social professionals (nec)        272499

129    recreation officer        272612

130    welfare worker        272613

131    anaesthetic technician        311211

132    cardiac technician        311212

133    medical laboratory technician        311213

134    pharmacy technician        311215

135    medical technicians (nec)        311299

136    meat inspector        311312

137    primary products inspectors (nec)        311399

138    chemistry technician        311411

139    earth science technician        311412

140    life science technician        311413

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142    architectural draftsperson        312111

143    building inspector        312113

144    architectural, building and surveying technicians (nec)        312199

145    mechanical engineering technician        312512

146    metallurgical or materials technician        312912

147    mine deputy        312913

148    hardware technician        313111

149    ICT customer support officer        313112

150    web administrator        313113

151    ICT support technicians (nec)        313199

152    farrier        322113

153    aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics)        323111

154    aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical)    323112

155    aircraft maintenance engineer (structures)    323113

156    metal fitters and machinists (nec)        323299

157    precision instrument maker and repairer        323314

158    toolmaker        323412

159    vehicle body builder        324211

160    vehicle trimmer        324212

161    roof tiler        333311

162    business machine mechanic        342311

163    cabler (data and telecommunications)        342411

164    telecommunications linesworker        342413

165    baker        351111

166    pastrycook        351112

167    butcher or smallgoods maker        351211

168    cook        351411

169    dog handler or trainer        361111

170    animal attendants and trainers (nec)        361199

171    veterinary nurse        361311

172    florist        362111

173    gardener (general)        362211

174    arborist        362212

175    landscape gardener        362213

176    greenkeeper        362311

177    hairdresser        391111

178    print finisher        392111

179    printing machinist        392311

180    dressmaker or tailor        393213

181    upholsterer        393311

182    furniture finisher        394211

183    wood machinist        394213

184    wood machinists and other wood trades workers (nec)        394299

185    power generation plant operator        399213

186    jeweller        399411

187    camera operator (film, television or video)    399512

188    make up artist        399514

189    sound technician        399516

190    performing arts technicians (nec)        399599

191    signwriter        399611

192    ambulance officer        411111

193    intensive care ambulance paramedic        411112

194    dental technician        411213

195    diversional therapist        411311

196    enrolled nurse        411411

197    massage therapist        411611

198    community worker        411711

199    disabilities services officer        411712

200    family support worker        411713

201    residential care officer        411715

202    youth worker        411716

203    diving instructor (open water)        452311

204    gymnastics coach or instructor    452312

205    horse riding coach or instructor    452313

206    snow sport instructor    452314

207    swimming coach or instructor    452315

208    other sports coach or instructor    452317

209    sports development officer    452321

210    sportspersons (nec)    452499

211    contract administrator    511111

212    program or project administrator    511112

213    insurance loss adjuster    599612

214    insurance agent    611211

215    retail buyer    639211


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