Access to the Temporary Residency Transition visa expanded

28 Mar 22



The Australian government has expanded access to the Subclass 186 Temporary Residency Transition (TRT) visa for two groups of visa holders.

Key Points:

  • Specified 457 visa holders. Individuals who held or applied for a subclass 457 visa (if it was later approved) on or before April 18, 2017, are eligible for the TRT visa if they:
    • Hold a valid 482 visa (Short-term stream) or Bridging visa.
    • Currently work for their sponsoring employer in the sponsored occupation.
    • Have worked or will have worked full time in their sponsored occupation while on the 457 or 482 visa for two years in the preceding three-year period.
  • Specified Person – Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage visa holders. Beginning July 1, Temporary Skill Shortage visa holders who are currently on the Short-Term stream will be able to apply for permanent residency under the subclass 186 TRT visa. To be eligible, individuals must:
    • Hold a valid subclass 482 visa (Short-term stream) as the primary visa holder in the sponsored occupation of the sponsoring employer or a valid Bridging visa.
    • Have lived in Australia for at least 12 months between Feb. 1, 2020, and Dec. 14, 2021.
    • Have worked or will have worked full time in the sponsored occupation for three years in the preceding four-year period.

Additional Information: Individuals applying for the subclass 186 TRT visa must meet other related requirements, including requirements related to language skills, character, age and health status.

BAL Analysis: The Australian government has created new but limited pathways for some subclass 482 visa holders who stayed in Australia through the pandemic or those who obtained a subclass 482 visa through the Short-term stream from July 1. Currently, many individuals are not eligible for the TRT visa, including those who applied for a subclass 408 or other non-482 visas.

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