Holders of 457 and TSS visas often assume that they will apply for permanent residency through the Temporary Residence Transitional pathway of an ENS or RSMS visa.
But with changes to employer sponsored visas, including the introduction of the Skilling Australians Fund levy, and for those with occupations on the short-term occupation list (STSOL) it might be time to consider a Skilled migration visa with state nomination.
A number of Australian States/Territories offer a special pathway or exemptions for applicants who already live and work in the state as holders of temporary visas.
Applicants are required to:
* Please note Business and Skilled Migration Queensland is currently only issuing invitations to 489 applicants already living and working in regional Queensland.
To be considered for the ‘Working in Tasmania’ category, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
Applicants currently working in South Australia have access to a larger list of occupations for state nomination, including:
Applicants are required to show:
There are various requirements for applicants currently living and working in the Northern Territory (NT), and some applicants may be exempt from the specialisation requirements if they can demonstrate positive future employment prospects.
457 and 482 visa holders must provide evidence that they have:
Working holidaymakers need to:
Applicants who have at least 12 months of work experience in Western Australia (WA) and a contract for full-time work of at least 35 hours per week in the nominated or closely related occupation, are able to explore sponsorship through WA. Please note the WA occupation list is currently limited to medical occupations.
When assessing a State Nomination application, the Victoria government will focus on an applicant’s ability to address a number of assessment criteria beyond the minimum requirements, including:
Applicants who best meet the assessment criteria will be offered nomination; having already established oneself in Victoria with employment will greatly support an application.
There is no specific pathway for applicants currently living and working in New South Wales, however, applicants are ranked in order of:
The Australian Capital Territory currently only nominates applicants already living in the state, who have an occupation on their state occupation list.
Anyone considering the above routes is advised to contact Visa Lounge Global Immigration for the latest information and case-specific guidance.
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