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    Temporary Skilled Shortage (TSS)

    Subclass 482

    The TSS visa comprises of a Short-Term stream of up to 2 years (unless international trade obligations apply), and a Medium-Term stream of up to 4 years.

    The Short-term stream is designed for Australian businesses to fill gaps in their businesses with foreign workers where they are experiencing skills shortages on a temporary basis, and where a suitably skilled Australian worker cannot be sourced.

    The Medium-term stream will allow Australian employers to source foreign workers to address shortages in a narrower range of highly skilled and high-value need occupations, where a suitably skilled Australian worker cannot be sourced.

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    Employer Nominated Scheme (ENS)

    Subclass 186

    The permanent employer sponsored visa program allows overseas employees to apply for Australian permanent residence. This visa can be applied for in both non-regional and regional areas in Australia. There are two streams in the 186 Employer Nominated sponsorship visa which are as follows:

    Temporary Residence Transition stream is for overseas applicants who have been with the same employer on a 482/457 visa for 3 years or 2 years if their 457 was applied for prior to 18th April 2017;

    Direct Entry stream is where an overseas applicant is required to have a skills assessment in an occupation on the Medium- and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and have 3 a minimum of 3 years’ post qualification experience in this occupation, which could have been anywhere in the world.

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    Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS)

    Subclass 187

    From 16th November 2019 new applications for subclass 187 visas under Direct Entry stream are no longer accepted. Only current eligible subclass 457 or 482 transitional workers can still apply for a subclass 187 visa under Temporary Residence.

    The subclass 187 permanent employer sponsored visa program allows overseas employees to apply for Australian permanent residence. The sponsor and the position are required to be based in a regional part of Australia.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    • I want to apply for permanent residence based on Employer Nominated Sponsorship –what are the overall pathways?

      There are two application pathways for this category.

      Pathway One – Temporary Residence Transition:

      Once 457 visa holders have been employed for two years with the same employer or an associated entity of that employer, provided their 457 visas was lodged prior to 18th April 2017, they can apply for an Employer Nominated Sponsorship, 186 visa before reaching 50 years old.

      Alternatively, 482 visa holders can apply for an Employer Nominated Sponsorship Visa, 186, provided their occupation is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic List (MLTSSL), and have been sponsored by the same employer, or an associated entity of that employer, for three years. The application has to be lodged prior to turning 45 years old.

      Pathway Two – Direct Entry:

      The occupation that the business will nominate you has to be on the Medium and Long-term Strategic List (MLTSSL) list of occupations. The 186-visa applicant must complete a Skills Assessment from the assessing authority of that occupation and demonstrate that you have had a minimum of three years’ experience post qualification in that occupation. Applicants need to be under 45 years old at the time of application.

    • What about the Employers?

      In both Pathway One and Two, the employer has to present a range of documents to meet the requirements of the nomination. These include financial documents, position description, employment contract, organization chart, a statement about why the position is genuine, evidence that the salary is market-related etc. Check out our Guide to Businesses Looking to Sponsor Foreign Workers.

    • I am a holder of a subclass 482 visa (Medium-term stream). I have been working for the company that has been recently sold. When can I apply for a permanent visa?

      If a new ABN is established, due, for example, to the sale of the sponsoring business, the new company/business will need to be approved as a Standard Business Sponsor under the new ABN. Then a new 482 nomination will need to be lodged linking your visa to the new nomination under that new ABN. Once it is approved you can start working for the new business ABN.

      You will need to work on a subclass 482 visa for 3 years in total (which can include working for your initial sponsor whose business has been recently sold and excluding any unpaid leave you may have taken for either sponsor) before you can apply for a permanent visa. Your occupation, however, has to be on the Medium and Long-term Strategic List (MLTSSL)

    • I am an Australian employer and wish to sponsor an overseas worker to fill a skill shortage in my business - is it a mandatory to advertise the position and can these adverts be placed on my website and other places local to my business?

      Yes, it is mandatory to advertise the position. They have to appear in 3 national reaches on a prominent or professional recruitment website with national reach that publishes advertisements for positions throughout Australia. Typical websites are Seek, Indeed, Career-One and Jora. It is mandatory to advertise on Job-Active, as one of the 3 sites. A job advert on your own business website won’t count. The ad has to have compliant wording. Only if the nominee is from certain countries will you be exempt from advertising. These include countries with which Australia has a trade agreement with such is a citizen/national of China, Japan, Mexico, Thailand or Vietnam, or is a citizen/national/permanent resident of Canada, Chile, South Korea, New Zealand or Singapore.

    • I want to apply for Permanent residence based on the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) – what are the pathways I can do this?

      If your employer is based in a regional area of Australia you may be able to apply for RSMS. Regional Areas are defined by postcodes.
      You will need to meet the following pathway:

      Temporary Residence Transition:

      You have been employed for the same employer in the same occupation in that regional area for two years under 457 or three years under a 482 visa.

      You hold:

      • either a subclass 457 visa and must have held it as a primary visa holder on or after 18 April 2017; or
      • a subclass 482 visa in the Medium-term stream and must have held it as a primary visa holder on or after 20 March 2019 or was a primary applicant for a subclass 482 visa in the Medium-term stream on 20 March 2019 that was subsequently granted.

      Your employer has to present a range of documents to meet the requirements of the nomination. These include financial documents, position description, employment contract, organization chart, a statement about why the position is genuine, evidence that the salary is market related etc

      No new RSMS Direct Entry (DE) nominations or visa applications can be lodged from 16 November 2019.

    What our clients have to say about us


    Thank you Ian. Fabulous news. Thanks to you and your team’s effort and work. Great service.


    Thank you SO so much for all of your patience and work on this. Still hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m actually free! Once again, massive thanks to both you and Mariola!!


    Thanks so much for this excellent news. I’m impressed how fast and smooth it all went, which is a result of excellence in services. Thanks so much for all the attention.

    M. MOBIN

    Thank you Ian ,I highly appreciate your kind efforts. Its a big day for me and my family and you make it possible. May you live long with health, wealth and peace.


    Great news – we’re very pleased with this result. Many thanks to AustraliaMigrate for all your hard work in getting this over the line. Have a lovely weekend!


    That’s the best news I’ve had in a long time. Thanks so much for all your help and patience. You’ve been awesome! 🙂


    This is fantastic news! You have been so helpful throughout this process and a pleasure to work with.


    Thanks again Ian ; as always you never fail to deliver 😉

    S. LEE

    Thank you for your working. It is Fantastic news !! I am very happy~. Thank you very much.


    Fantastic news!!! Thank you very much for your help with this one. Great start of the week indeed. Thank you Ian.

    J. BIRD

    Thanks again Ian, you and your team have been a great help.


    Great news – we’re very pleased with this result. Many thanks to AustraliaMigrate for all your hard work in getting this over the line. Have a lovely weekend!


    Wow that was fast. Thank you very much Mariola and Ian. Great job.

    D. KEANE AND L. SON Drainer

    This is brilliant news we thank you and Ian for helping us out gaining our permanent residency.

    I. TAN

    Thank you Ian and your team for making it possible for Sebastian to stay with us.


    I am so happy that my visa application is being accepted, thank you for your help and availability, have a good weekend, and thanks again.


    Hi Ian, A big thanks to you and Lynn for all your help.

    J. BROAD

    Hi Ian, Thank you so much for your time and hard work. Marilia and myself are both thrilled.

    K. WINN

    Thank you so much for all your help and assistance with the application.I am very happy!


    Hi Ian, Thanks foor making my day, week, month and year! This is truly amazing news! Please thank the extended team that worked on our application.


    That’s fantastic, big thanks to all for your kind support and assistance.Many thanks.


    Dear Ian, Izzy and I would like to thank you and your staff so much for all the hard work in helping us to obtain Nazma’s visa in Australia. We know that it could not have happened without you. Many thanks again Ian and will keep in touch. All the best to you and your team for all their assistance.


    Hi Ian, First of all THANK YOU and your team! Thank you for working with us on this application till the very end, thank you for the magnificent news! Although the process was stressful, the result is the only thing that matters and we couldn’t be happier! And the date couldn’t be better! We will always have fireworks on our PR day! And Thank you for your kind wishes! Wish you all the best!

    M. SINGH

    Thanks so much for your kind efforts to help Sumit and his wife to grant 457 visa.Actually I was overseas and came back yesterday. I am extermely happy for their decision. they both are coming on 12th of March.


    Hi Ian, Amazing news 🙂 Thank you so much to you and your team for all your help. Warren and I are very grateful. We will definitely keep recommend you to friencts and people we know.: )


    Hi Ian and Mariola, Thanks so much for all your help, that’s great news!!


    That’s awesome guys! Thank you guys for all!


    Hi Ian. I just drove through to Neil’s work to tell him and he’s over the moon. It has been such a journey to get here and we have been through SO much to make it all happen – but we would never have done it without you and your amazing team. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Have a great evening.


    Hello Lynn and Ian, How are you? I just wanted to let you know that my Visa has been granted. I have my Permanent Residency! Thank you for everything, Lynn has been so helpful during the all process. I could never have done it without you. I hope everything is going all right for you guys. Take care.


    Thanks Ian for pushing these through in time.


    Dear Ms Lynn, Thank you for the information, appreciated your time and effort for lodging our visa. Looking forward to seeing you for the future visa. Thank you.

    P. NAIDU

    Hi Kathy & Ian, Thank you so much for this. It’s great news. Thank you once again.


    Hello IAN,Thank you again. It was a wonderful experience working with you.

    A. Lueer

    Dear Ian and Kathy, I can’t believe it, such good news! Thank you so so much for all your help and effort!!! Richard and I really appreciate it. I can’t find the right words to describe how grateful we are. Thank you! May both of you have a wonderful weekend.

    M. Essers

    WOW! This is amazing. Ian, Mariola and team, I cannot express my gratitude enough for all the effort and hard work you put in to making this happen. Thanks you so so much!!!

    Kimmy and Pete

    Ian and Lynn, Pete and I would like to thank you both for all your direction and hard work to make this happen. We really appreciate it. We’re elated that the Partnership Visa has finally been granted! We will be eternally grateful to both of you for making this tedious process easier for us. We couldn’t have done it without your expertise and guidance. Thank you, thank you, thank you… Have a wonderful day,


    Thank you so much this has made my day 😍😍😍😍😅

    I can’t believe it after all these years

    Thanks again JUST BRILLIANT NEWS!!


    Thank you so so so much for your hard work and support!!! We are very happy and emotional!! Today is actually our wedding anniversary, and this email made today even special.

    I truly appreciate your support all the way.


    Thank you very much for this great news. I am very glad that the wait is over and that I can finally start working


    Thank you for the excellent news 🙂 and thank you for all your help. I really appreciate it!

    You will be hearing from me in the near future.

    Wishing you both all the best, especially in these unpredictable times.


    Thank you so much for all of your help with this application. I have no doubt we would not have looked to so good without your expertise and support.

    You guys have a done a great job and Mariola your professionalism is brilliant.

    Thank you both again.



    That is the best news EVER!

    Thank you so so much for all your help to you and Ian! I am so glad I chose you to help me with all my visas all these years!

    Will highly recommend Australia Migrate if I heard anyone looking for an agent 🙂

    Thanks again!


    Hi Ian & Lynn,

    Thanks for your email! We are really thrilled to hear the news!

    Jessica and I really appreciate your support during this time. Without your help, the application process won’t be so smooth.

    Thank you so much.



    That is amazing!! So super stoked and happy!

    Again, thank you so much for all your effort and work put into this process!!

    My Family & I thanks you from the bottom of their hearts!


    Thank you so much for all your help. We really appreciate it and we are soooo happy – I can’t even described 😊🙏🏻🤗

    Thank you again!

    Why AustraliaMigrate?

    “AustraliaMigrate Pty Ltd has been helping people around the world successfully apply for Australian visas for over 20 years.
    Our professional specialists are highly experienced in the migration environment.”

    We guide individuals and businesses through the complex migration process to Australia. With long years of industry experience, our immigration specialists have built a reputation of providing accessible, accurate and genuine advice to our esteemed clients.

    Our specialists assist in preparing and reviewing your documents and forms before submitting for successful approval. We strive to make the whole immigration process hassle-free for you.

    We have a very high success rate of visa approval and a solid reputation resulting in a large amount of repeat business. We provide immigration services to individuals, families and companies, whether they are small or public companies and in any industry.

    Immigration is the only thing we do so we are highly specialized in it.

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    Client Story

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    Katz and John applied for an Employer Nominated Sponsorship Visa and successfully got their Permanent Residency in 2007.
    The couple are settled in Melbourne, Australia.

    We moved to Australia with only suitcases (and sentimental items), and have virtually bought everything from scratch including our large detached townhouse, two cars and all our media/furnishings.

    While in Adelaide and Melbourne we had attended two immigration agents to gauge the complications and expense of the next step of settling in Australia.
    However, on personal recommendation from one of Katz’s colleagues we visited Mr Ian Singer in Sydney.

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