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Visa update – expanding employer sponsored pathways to permanent residence


23 November 2023

Amendments to migration legislation effecting changes to provide access to permanent residency for an expanded cohort of Subclass 482 holders have now been released. These amendments commenced on 25 November 2023.
This means that:

1)      Employers will be able to nominate TSS (subclass 482) Medium-Term Stream and Short-Term Stream visa holders for the ENS – subclass 186 (Temporary Transition Stream – TRT) visa regardless of 482 visa stream or skilled migration occupation list.  Nominated occupations for ENS – subclass 186 (TRT) visas will no longer be assessed against skilled migration occupation lists.

2)      The nominated person will need to have worked for their sponsoring employer for two (2) years out of the three (3) years immediately before application for a Subclass 186 (TRT) visa, as the holder of a TSS (subclass 482) visa (reduced from 3 years).

Working Holiday Maker (WHM) Visa holders:

WHM visa holders did not require permission to work for an employer from 1 July 2023 to 31 December 2023 regardless of any work done for the same employer before 1 July 2023. WHM visa holders who wish to work for the same employer for longer than 6 months, from 1 January 2024 will need to request permission from the Department to do so.

There has been no update regarding the Department’s policy on any exemptions to the work limitation. We will update you as further information comes to hand.

If you need assistance or clarification with our updates please reach out to us on 1300 474 672 or

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