[Updated]: Australia: Amendments for Subclass 482 and 457 Visa Holders

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

This article was originally published on 28 March 2022 and was updated on 17 June 2022 to reflect new information.  

17 June 2022 Update: Beginning 1 July 2022, the government of Australia will allow holders of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa to apply for permanent residency under the subclass 186 Temporary Residency Transition visa. Eligible applicants will also include those holding a subclass 482 or a subclass 457 visa.  

In addition, applicants must be able to demonstrate proof of the following: 

  • Having resided in Australia for a minimum period of 12 months between the period of 1 Feb. 2020 and 14 Dec. 2022; and  
  • Having worked in Australia full-time for a period of three years or more in the past four years.  

For additional information on qualifications, check here

Key Points  

  • Visa holders of the Subclass 457 visa or 482 visa will be eligible for permanent residency in Australia 


On 18 March 2022, the government of Australia announced amendments to its legislation on the permanent residency pathways for Subclass 482 and Subclass 457 visa holders on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). Under these amendments, these visa holders who have been nominated to the STSOL will be eligible for the permanent residence pathway under the Subclass 186 Temporary Residence Transition Stream (TRTS). To qualify, applicants must: 

  • Have resided in Australia for a minimum period of six months between the periods of  1 Feb. 2020 and 14 Dec. 2022; and  
  • Meet the requirements laid out under the TRTS 

For additional information, click here.  

What are the Changes? 

The government of Australia introduced amendments in order to allow visa holders of the Subclass 482 or 457 to access a pathway to permanent residency in the country. These changes are expected to be officially implemented beginning in July 2022.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of Australia's website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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