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Following the announcement in November last year, the Government has just released legislation to create a permanent residence pathway for certain visa holders who are employed in two-year occupations (STOSL – Short Term Stream) that would normally not be eligible for PR.

From 1 July 2022, employers will be able to nominate short-term subclass 482 TSS visa holders in two-year occupations for permanent residence under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) if the employee:

  1. was in Australia for at least 12 months between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021; AND
  2. meets the usual rules for ENS under the temporary transition scheme (including any COVID concessions)

The grandfathering period for those who held, or had applied for, a subclass 457 visa as of 17 April 2017 has also been extended.

We are in the process of reviewing the relevant regulations and policy and will provide a more detailed update on Monday noting that applications under these concessions for PR cannot be lodged before 1 July 2022.

We are very excited for the opportunities this will offer employees of our clients and the boost to the Australian economy.

DISCLAIMER This information is current as of date of publication and subject to change. The information contained in this publication is of a general nature only. It should not be used as legal advice. To the extent permissible by law, Ajuria Lawyers and its associated entities shall not be liable for any errors, omissions, defects or misrepresentations in the information or for any loss or damage suffered by persons who use or rely on such information. Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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