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Implementation date for changes to the employer sponsored migration program

In May 2023 the Minister for Home Affairs (Hon Clare O’Neil) announced changes to the employer sponsored migration program (see here) which included, among other things, access to permanent residency for “short-term” Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) (TSS) visa holders via the Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) stream of the Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) (ENS) visa. Implementation date for changes to…
Mihan Hannan
2 November, 2023

Age exemptions for Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) (ENS) visas

The Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 186) (ENS) visa offers businesses the possibility to sponsor foreign workers for permanent residency (see here for further information). Ordinarily, applicants must be below 45 years of age at the time of application. Like many rules however, there are several exceptions which may allow certain individuals to qualify for the visa even after reaching 45.…
Edison Zhang
5 August, 2022
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Age exemption for legacy 457 workers applying for ENS visas and the removal of onshore renewal restrictions for certain TSS visa holders in STSOL occupations

Recent changes to Australia's employer sponsored program includes: an age exemption for "legacy 457 workers"; and removal of onshore renewal restriction for eligible Temporary Skill Shortage (Subclass 482) visa holders in occupations on the Short‑term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). These are in addition to previous changes (see here) providing certain Temporary Work (Skilled) (Subclass 457) (Subclass 457) and Subclass 482…
Mihan Hannan
6 April, 2022
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Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (Subclass 186) visa checklist

The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) (Subclass 186) visa is an employer sponsored visa for skilled foreign workers employed in specified occupations. The  visa enables suitable employees to live and work in Australia permanently where a suitable Australian worker cannot be sourced. Eligibility for the 186 visa is dependent on several factors, including the occupation, age, and salary of the candidate.…
Emily Young
7 October, 2021
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What is the difference between the TSS visa and the ENS visa?

The TSS and ENS visa are both employer sponsored visa programs which allow employers to bring skilled workers into Australia for selected occupations. Both visas are very similar in the sense that they allow the visa holder to reside in Australia, work full-time and have their family accompany them. However, there are some clear distinctions between the two, with the…
David Huynh
2 September, 2021

What is the process for “renewing” your TSS visa?

So you’ve been enjoying the Australian sunshine, working whilst holding a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, and your employer raises the question of  of renewing your TSS visa in Australia. Although TSS visas have set expiry dates and cannot be extended or renewed in the conventional sense, a further TSS visa application may be possible to extend your stay. If…
David Huynh
18 August, 2021
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What is a Labour Agreement and why is it relevant to employer sponsored visas?

A labour agreement is a negotiated agreement between a company and the Department of Home Affairs (Department) to be able to sponsor foreign nationals for a visa. Typically, it is utilised where “standard” visa programs are not of assistance, hence why a special arrangement must be entered into. There are also several different types of labour agreements, each serving a…
Jordan Tew
18 August, 2021