How employers can advantage from the new changes to be implemented by the Department of Home Affairs

Australia’s government acknowledges the demand for skilled workers, prompting a shift in its migration policy, particularly in the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS). Effective from November 25th, these changes facilitate a smoother path to permanent residence for skilled workers nominated by employers. This change is especially pertinent for those on 457 or 482 visas, reflecting Australia’s evolving economic needs.

This means broader opportunities for employers to sponsor employees that are so needed to ensure the growth of businesses and the Australian economy.

Overview of ENS Changes:

Shift in Eligibility and Process:

  1. Previously, nominations for subclass 457 and 482 visas covered a wide range of occupations. However, permanent residence was limited to those on the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL). This posed challenges for employers, especially in retaining workers with occupations on the Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) or Regional Occupation List (ROL).

Impact on 457 / 482 Visa Holders:

Permanent Residency Opportunity:

  1. The lack of permanency for 457 / 482 visa holders led to career and life uncertainties. The legislative update now allows holders in various occupations to secure permanent residence through the Employer Nomination Transitional stream.

Examination of the Changes:

Employer Nomination Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) Stream Revised:

  1. Expanded Eligibility: 482 visa holders can be nominated for the 186 visa under the TRT stream, regardless of occupation classification.
  2. Occupation Code Flexibility: Permanent residence nomination only requires a matching first four digits of the ANZSCO code.
  3. Reduced Time Requirement: Application can be made after two years on a 482 / 457 visa with the sponsor, down from three years.

Temporary Residence Transition (TRT) Stream Explained:

Target Audience:

Designed for 457 or 482 visa holders, now more inclusive.

Key Updates:

Eligibility for TSS 482 visa holders with STSOL occupations

.Reduced required employment period from three to two years.


No skills assessment required.Streamlined process for faster permanent residency.


Meeting all criteria, including employer nomination and occupation eligibility, is essential.

Tailored Strategy for Employers:

Addresses eligibility, timing, duration of employment post-PR nomination, regional business solutions, age limit considerations, cost, timeframe, and nominee requirements.

In essence, the changes to the Employer Nomination Scheme signify a significant evolution in Australia’s migration policy. These adjustments cater to the needs of employers and foreign workers, broadening the permanent residence pathways for skilled workers and aiding Australian businesses in retaining international talent.

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

12 Jan, 2024

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  1. Edna McArthur

    Dear Crystal Migration

    Thank you so much for the information.

    • Ross Ahmadzai

      our pleasure!


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