The Australian government has expanded access to the Temporary Residency Transition (TRT) visa for certain Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa holders.

Key Points:

  • Beginning July 1, Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) Subclass 482 visa holders who are currently on the short-term stream will be able to apply for permanent residency through 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 full time in the sponsored occupation for three years in the preceding four-year period.
  • Foreign nationals who have held a Subclass 482 Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) visa since before July 1, 2019, can apply for the TRT visa beginning July 1.

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 will offer the new but limited permanent residency pathway for some subclass 482 visa holders who stayed in Australia through the COVID-19 pandemic or for those who obtained a subclass 482 visa through the short-term stream. Foreign nationals who may be eligible for the TRT visa should consult their BAL professional.

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