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:
- was in Australia for at least 12 months between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021; AND
- 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.
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