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482 visa to PR

Amasha
June 25

The employer sponsored visas or work visas are utilized by migrants to settle in Australia. If you already hold a 482 visa or planning to apply for a 482 visa you will have a PR pathway. 

There are many options to get PR while you are on a Temporary Skills Shortage visa (SC 482). They are:

Option 1: Employer nomination scheme pathway (SC 186)

Option 2: Skilled Migration

Option 3: Partner visa pathway

Option 4: Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (SC 494)

This blog will discuss the SC 482 visa in brief and all of the above options which would lead you to PR from the SC 482 visa.

Step 1: Temporary Skills Shortage visa (482 visa)

The 482 visa is a temporary visa that allows Australian employers to sponsor skilled workers to fill a position which cannot be filled by a skilled Australian. This visa also allows applicants to include eligible family members in the application to accompany them while they are on the 482 visa. While you are on this visa, you can prepare yourself for permanent residency visas by obtaining the relevant work experience. If you are a migrant who already has 2 years of work experience, you can apply for this visa bypassing the 407 visa.

Eligibility

  • Be nominated by an approved business sponsor

  • Have an occupation in the relevant skilled occupation list

  • Have at least 2 years of work experience in the relevant field (from 1st of November 2024 this will be reduced to 1 year)

  • Have a positive skill assessment if the occupation requires.

  • Meet the English language requirement

The SC 482 visa has 3 streams. They are:

  1. Short-term stream

  2. Medium-term stream

  3. Labour Agreement stream

It’s important that you select the correct stream depending on your circumstances for a successful visa outcome.

In addition to the eligibility requirements above, you may also have to fulfill specific eligibility requirements based on the visa stream that you choose.

  • Short-term stream

    • Have an occupation in the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STOSL)

    • Meet the following English language requirements

      • IELTS: Overall band score of at least 5.0 with a score of at least 4.5 in each of the test components

      • PTE: Academic overall test score of at least 36 with a score of at least 30 in each of the test components

    • The visa duration is for a maximum of 2 years

  • Medium-term stream

    • Have an occupation in the Medium-to Long term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)

    • Meet the following English language requirements

      • IELTS: Overall band score of at least 5.0 with a score of at least 5.0 in each of the test components

      • PTE: Academic overall test score of at least 36 with a score of at least 36 in each of the test components

    • The visa duration is for a maximum of 4 years

  • Labour Agreement stream

    • This stream is for skilled workers whose employers have entered into a labour agreement with the Australian government.

    • The requirements for this stream is not stringent as for the other two streams due to the requirements being based on the agreement which are negotiated by the sponsoring employers.

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Option 1: Employer nomination scheme pathway (SC 186)

This visa lets skilled workers, who have an occupation in the relevant skilled occupation list and are nominated by an employer to live and work in Australia permanently. You can include eligible family members to your visa application. This is a PR visa and your last employer-sponsored visa in your journey to PR in Australia. If you are a migrant who has 3 years of work experience then you can bypass the SC 407 and SC 482 and apply for this visa directly.

Eligibility

  • Have an occupation in the relevant skilled occupation list

  • Have at least 3 years of work experience in the nominated field.

  • Have a positive skill assessment

  • Be nominated by an approved sponsor

  • Be under 45 years of age, unless exempt

  • Have at least 6.0 IELTS

This visa is consists of 3 streams:

  • Temporary Residence Transition Stream: This stream is for employees with a 457 visa or 482 visa, working with their nominating employer for at least two years.

  • Direct Entry Stream: This visa targets skilled workers, or those temporarily residing in Australia but ineligible for the TRT stream. The skilled worker must have 3 years of work experience and a positive skill assessment

  • Labour Agreement Stream: This is for those sponsored under a labour agreement.

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Option 2: Skilled Migration

Skilled migration is a pathway that is very popular among the migrant population in Australia. However, this is a pathway that is prone to many changes and is highly competitive. The skilled migration visas are

You have prepare for this visa before applying. Here are the steps that you should follow: 

Step 1- Skill Assessment

You need to have a skill assessment conducted in order to have your qualifications and skills assessed to be determine whether your qualifications and skills can be evaluated as meeting the Australian standard.

Step 2- Expression of Interest

After you get a positive skill assessment you can lodge an Expression of Interest(EOI). An Expression of Interest is a means through which you demonstrate, to the federal government, your intention to apply for a skilled migration visa and to migrate to Australia. You must have at least 65 points on the points test to be eligible to apply for a EOI.

Step 3- Registration of interest

After lodging an EOI you can make a Registration of Interest (ROI) to the state government. An is a demonstration of willingness to the state government that you intend to live and work in a particular state.

Step 4- Make an application

Once you have made your EOI and ROI, you will then need to wait until the federal government or state government issues an invitation. Once the invitation is received, a visa application can be made for the applicant and the members of the family unit, if any.

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Option 3: Partner visa pathway

Apart from pathways led by the qualifications and work experience, the partner visa pathway is also an option to continue your stay in Australia. If your spouse or partner is an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident, then you can apply for a partner visa. The partner visas are:

The SC 820 visa is a temporary partner visa designed for spouses and de facto partners who are already in Australia and wish to live with their Australian partner. While on the Partner Visa (Temporary) SC 820 and completing the 2 year period of the SC 801 visa you can lodge the subsequent application for the permanent partner visa (SC 801).

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Option 4: Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) visa (SC 494)

This visa allows employers who are based in designated regional areas to sponsor employees to work in their businesses. This visa allows skilled individuals to live and work in Australia for up to 5 years. You can apply for Permanent residency after 3 years of holding the visa through the SC 191 - Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional) visa. This visa has two streams that you can apply to. They are:

  • Employer Sponsored stream- This stream is used by employers to sponsor employees to work in their businesses.

  • Labour Agreement Stream- This stream is for employees who are nominated by employers who have a Labour agreement with the Australian government.

Basic eligibility

  • Be nominated by an approved sponsor based in a designated regional area of Australia

  • Have an occupation on a relevant skilled occupation list

  • Have a suitable skills assessment for the occupation

  • Be under 45 years of age

  • Meet minimum standards of English language proficiency

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