457 to PR 2018

457 to PR Australia. How To Convert your 457 to Australian Permanent Residency in 2018

Do You want to convert your 457 visa to PR?

There are 6 Options to convert 457 to PR in 2018

  • Through Employer Nomination Scheme temporary residence transition stream (ENS or RSMS visa) (457 to 186 visa or 457 to 187 visa)
  • Through Employer Nomination Scheme direct entry stream (ENS or RSMS visa)
  • Through Skilled Migration (points based skilled visas – 189, 190, 489)
  • Applying for a partner visa as a spouse of an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Applying for a visa based on your partner’s skills, qualifications, and work experience
  • Applying for a business visa

Let me make it easy for you! Do you want to know if you are eligible for employer-sponsored PR visa? Fill the form below and answer a few questions. We’ll get back to you. At this point, it will cost you nothing.

Let’s say:

  • You are working on a 457 visa and have been living in Australia for a long time now.
  • Your employer is willing to help with getting your 457 visa converted to PR
  • You found that being a permanent resident of Australia would be a great advantage because this country is a great place to live with your loved one’s for the rest of your days.
  • Although you came to Australia as a single person you found your love here and now you’d like to stay with your partner in Australia permanently.

you might be on a good way to convert 457 to permanent residency.

457 to pr new rules 2018

It has been confirmed that from March 2018, people who were existing subclass 457 visa holders before April revolution will still have access to an employer-sponsored pathway to permanent residency.

Provisional arrangements will be very similar to existing ones, which means 2 years with the same employer on 457 visa and competent English should be the main criteria for an ENS or RSMS visa grant under transition stream. Age limit will be 49 years as opposed to 44 for direct entry stream.

What does it mean in reality? Essentially, people who for various reasons are not able to get their skills assessed by the relevant skills assessment authority, cannot apply for direct entry stream of an ENS visa.

457 to PR after March 2018 – grandfathering provisions

The door for permanent residency would have been closed for them if the grandfathering provisions would not have been introduced. It is still works in progress regarding TRT transitional caseloads as the law is still drafted, but it seems government is on the right track.

Lists of occupations are not relevant for transition stream of employer-sponsored permanent visas. It’s gonna be the same from 1st of March 2018. Please remember these transitional provisions are only for those 457 visa holders who had their visas granted before 19th April 2017.

Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS/RSMS) (457 to 186) as a pathway to PR

This is the most common option people who are a holder of a temporary 457 visa and wish to stay and live in Australia as a Permanent Resident are using. After two (2) years on a 457 working visa, people seem to naturally consider applying for ENS/RSMS visa.

 

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 What are the basic requirements to pursue 457 to 186 (457 to ENS):

  1. Your employer has fulfilled all the commitments as a 457 visa sponsor for the last 2 years;
  2. You have been working in the same position with the same employer for last 2 years (exemptions may apply)
  3. You sat an English test and obtained required score (if you are a passport holder of the UK, USA or Ireland, you don’t have to sit the test – department of immigration believes you can speak English on required level)
  4. You haven’t been naughty – your and your family’s police records are clear.
  5. You are set to pay few thousand dollars for your visa processing to the Department of Immigration (it will be a higher amount for ones with spouse or children). It’s not cheap, unfortunately.

It happens, that people on 457 visa lose their jobs for different reasons. This is a serious concern especially when the economy slacks off. However, if you would already be a permanent residency visa holder, you would not have to rely so much on keeping your job with your present employer. Therefore as sooner you’d apply for PR as better. For some, it might be a surprise that you don’t have to wait for 2 years to apply for ENS/RSMS visa. Your employer may sponsor you earlier. It’s a bit harder as your skills will have to be assessed by an independent body and English requirement is higher than with a 457 to PR transition stream, but – you don’t have to wait for 2 years.

ENS/RSMS Process

457 to pr 2018 boy on a swing

ENS and RSMS visa process is quite similar to 457 – there is monination and visa application required.

Please note – RSMS is only applicable for employers coming from Regional Australia (Regional Australia is described in the migration regulations – there is a list of postcodes of the areas which are eligible for this visa).

Employers are required to present the company profile and its financial status as a basic component of this procedure. They should also show compliance with training benchmark measures and specifications to be able to nominate a candidate. It means they would have to spend to date either:

  1. Not less than 1% of payroll on training Australian employees (NOT 457 visa holders), or
  2. Donate 2% of payroll to an Industry Training Fund

Proof of above is mandatory, otherwise converting your 457 visa to Permanent Residency might be in jeopardy. It is always best to seek assistance from a Migration Agent for information when in doubt to tackle this tricky part of the process.

457 to PR transition stream requirements

  • Working for a certain employer for at least two (2) years in Australia on a subclass 457 visa is necessary.
  • Skills assessment is not necessary
  • English language proficiency requirement is lower
  • Medical and character examinations are required
  • If you have changed your employer in the past, your 2 years period might be started over. So better check if you are really eligible for this stream.

457 to PR direct entry stream requirements

You might be surprised but for ENS / RSMS direct entry stream there is no need for having a 457 visa to be qualified, you may apply for ENS / RSMS under this stream straight away. If you’ll be able to get your skills assessed by a certifying body and have 3 years of work experience related to your profession you might be eligible for ENS visa under Direct Entry Stream.

  • Your English skills must be assessed on a particular level (IELTS 6 or comparable).
  • Character and medical checks still need to be performed as part of the requirements.
  • There is no need for you to wait for two (2) years to be on a 457 visa to go through Direct Entry Stream.

Requirements for Direct entry are tougher than for transition stream, and for some individuals who are not able to pass Skills Assessment, and those who are unable to get through IELTS 6, the two (2) years on 457 Visa for a transition stream looks to be their best option.

Keep in mind it takes, at least, a couple of months for the department of immigration to assess your visa application and make a decision. 6 months is usual processing time for ENS visa.

Skilled Migration (GSM visas – 189, 190, 489) as a pathway to PR (457 to 189, 457 to 190, 457 to 489)

457 to pr 2018 various workers

Skilled Migration (GSM visas – 189, 190, 489) is also one option for converting your 457 visa to PR. There is no need for an employer to avail this visa. It is a points-tested application. Points are considered from your level of education, age, years worked, English ability, etc. Initially, your skill and profession must be highly needed in Australia and is listed on relevant skilled occupation list. You will be half-way through if your occupation is currently on the list. Your skills will have to be evaluated by a certified body. Interesting is that you are not applying to get a visa right away, but first, you’ll have to submit for an EOI (Expression of Interest). You will have to get a score of at least 60 points for Expression of Interest lodgment. If Department of Immigration will find your EOI content interesting and your nominated occupation is still below their current ceiling for a current financial year, they’ll invite you to apply for a visa. You’ll have 2 months to provide all the necessary documents, so better have everything ready before lodging an EOI. Department of Immigration chooses, in their good judgment, individuals who in their opinion possess the exceptional skills which will benefit the Australian economy. Those who get the high scores warrant invitation for visa application in the first place. State Nomination may be the option to speed up the processing and advance your application if your points are short.

Partner Migration as a pathway to PR (457 to 820)

Partner Visa, is a commonly used option for converting 457 to PR, even for individuals with expired visas, who are in a relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident. If you are a decent 457 visa holder and you have an Australian partner you love so much and your relationship could be proven as genuine and on-going, you can certainly submit your application based on that condition. You don’t even need to get married to qualify for a Partner visa. De facto and same-sex relationships for at least twelve (12) months and longer could be eligible and qualify for a partner visa (at times being less than twelve (12) months in the relationship is sufficient). Partner visa normally is granted for three (3) years. After about two (2) years the Department of Immigration will check if you’re still a couple in a genuine relationship. They will request you to provide with some information to establish if permanent residence could be granted.

457 to pr English requirement

For ENS and RSMS visa English requirement has been set on a level of competent, which is equivalent to IELTS 6 in each component of the test (more info about the meaning of competent here). Apart from IELTS visa applicants can take PTE, TOEFL or CAE test. Passport holders of UK, Ireland, Canada, USA and New Zealand don’t have to sit an English test at all, even if they don’t speak English at all. Not so long ago IELTS 5 was enough for a transition stream, but it has been raised to 6 a few months ago. The only English language exemption is for RSMS transition stream if you have studied in English for at least 5 years.

For points-based Skilled visas competent English (IELTS 6) is the absolute minimum.

For partner visa, English competency does not matter at all. You can get a partner visa without an English test.

Changes to 457 visa programme

You might be wondering if there were any changes or updates to the rules on converting 457 to PR in 2018? Not yet, but changes are definitely coming. Over the years, 457 visa programme saw many changes and adjustments. Conducted in the year 2015 457 visa programme review introduced some significant changes to the program, but it looks it did not make everybody happy. A debate about changes is continuing and more alterations could be seen coming. Surprisingly it is a political debate because some individuals do not want overseas workforce coming to Australia whereas the others believe that without skilled overseas workers coming, Australian economy may suffer.

The easiest way to ensure you’d be eligible for a permanent residence is to speak with a Migration Agent. Let us know about your case o we can assist, call us at (07) 3668 0658 and we will assess your case and let you know what’s the best way for you to get a PR granted.

No matter if you decide to sort your visa status by yourself or allow us to do the rest of the hard paperwork for you, feel free to continue reading this article as we will uncover some mysteries about converting 457 to PR.

Above is just a summary of what you need to know and consider if you are a 457 working visa holder willing to apply for permanent residency. For more information, you can always call us at (07) 3668 0658 or book a consultation online for an appointment. Rest assured, we will do the job for you and counsel you about the options that would be the most appropriate in your situation.

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85 thoughts on “457 to PR 2018

  • 20/02/2016 at 2:26 am
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    Common misconception about 457 visa, most people think it is automatically converted to permanent residence after two years, which in fact is not correct.

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  • 21/02/2016 at 6:08 pm
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    How does the Department of Immigration contact the couple to verify if they are still together after about two years? Do they really proactively offer the option to apply for permanent residency?

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    • 14/03/2016 at 7:45 pm
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      When you apply for 820 you are also applying for 801. Two years after a date of 820 application lodgement, you will become eligible for 801 application lodgment. Case officer from the Department of Immigration will send you an e-mail that the time for you 801 visa application lodgement is coming. You will have to provide with similar documents for 801 as for 820.

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  • 27/03/2016 at 4:57 pm
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    Excellent opportunity.

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  • 10/04/2016 at 3:33 am
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    When I submit EOI for PR then should I use the EOI created for 457 visa or do I have to create a new one.?

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    • 10/04/2016 at 12:57 pm
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      EOI is being used only for GSM visas (189, 190, 489). You may have submitted one some time ago to lure potential employers, but if you want to apply for GSM visa now, make sure there is all the relevant information for a particular visa you are applying for at the moment.

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  • 03/09/2016 at 10:47 am
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    Hi… We are on 457 visa from 3 years in 3 years we changed 2 sponsor in first my wife worked with them for 6 months and 2nd she worked for 2 years after completing 2 years company has shut down so I want to know we can apply for pr our self she got in iltes 6 and each and she got overseas exp of 6 years plz guide us thanks ,,,,,syed

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    • 28/12/2016 at 2:02 pm
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      Full assessment of your case would be required to check if you’d be eligible for 190 or 189 visa.

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  • 16/10/2016 at 7:48 am
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    Hello there
    You have a very good article that helps us understand pathways to PR. Its not easy.
    I am a 457 worker in Charleville QLD.
    Please let me know What should I do if I have worked 3.5 years for the same employer and now he does not want to sponsor me for my application for PR? During work process the Foreman bullied me alot and he reported to the Director I am not good…
    What should I do???
    Thank you so much.

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    • 28/12/2016 at 1:45 pm
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      1. Check if you’d be able to apply for PR under GSM (General Skilled Migration – 189 / 190 visa)
      2. Find a different employer who’d be willing to sponsor you for a visa

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  • 18/10/2016 at 12:14 pm
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    I am now in 457 visa I have completed 3 yrs in australia as a cook with two different employers , I have 6 each in ielts , can I apply for 457 direct entry individually, but I cannot understand I should go which type of skill test as a cook.? please give me the information. Thanks

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    • 28/12/2016 at 1:43 pm
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      TRA is a body responsible for assessment of Cook (351411).

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  • 06/11/2016 at 5:18 pm
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    If after 2 years of employment on 457 visa, the nominated occupation is removed from CSOL then can i apply for ENS through a closely matching occupation?

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  • 23/11/2016 at 12:48 am
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    Hi there I just have a question I am at 457 Visa my two years completing soon so I have a plan to apply PR .My Partner and my son they are here with me at 457 Visa as well . I have discussed with immigration lawyer and he said my partner also required IELTS 4.5 score for PR application . Is that true?my wife has done bachelor in Commerce Subjects does it help to get waved of IELTS restriction thanks Dear for your kindness ,

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    • 28/12/2016 at 1:31 pm
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      Apart from language test the other ways to satisfy department of immigration that a person’s language ability is on a “functional: level are:
      – You are the holder of a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand, or the Republic of Ireland and you are a citizen of that country.
      – A positive assessment by an Adult Migrant English Program service provider in Australia that you have functional English.
      – Completed all years of primary education and at least three years of secondary education in an educational institution in or outside Australia and all instructions were in English.
      – Completed at least five years of secondary education in an institution in or outside Australia and all instructions were in English.
      – Successfully completed at least one year of full-time study or equivalent part-time study towards a degree, higher degree, diploma, or associate diploma in an institution in Australia and all instructions were in English.
      – Completed a degree, a higher degree, a diploma or a trade certificate that required at least two years of full-time study or training in an institution in or outside Australia and all instructions were in English.

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      • 05/09/2017 at 4:44 pm
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        Hello sir/madam,
        I am on 457 visa and and applying for ENS. I have finished my Postgraduation in Australia(2years) & Bacherlors of Business Administration (3 years) in India in English . I been told that I don’t need 6 each in ielts if I have finished my degrees in English for 5 years or more.
        Can you please help me I am so confused now. .?

        Thank you very much in advance.

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        • 27/09/2017 at 9:44 am
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          Such an option could be taken into consideration by a case officer in certain circumstances. I’d have to check your case to make sure.

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  • 29/12/2016 at 6:29 pm
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    Can you please tell me after 2 years 457 visa how many ielts score need to apply pr?

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    • 29/12/2016 at 9:06 pm
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      at least 5 in each component of IELTS test for Transition Stream.

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  • 25/01/2017 at 2:45 am
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    My 457 Visa is expired and currently am working in India.

    Earlier I worked in melbourne till last year i.e 2016 and had experience letter from the employer for 2 years period ie from January 2014 to March 2016.

    In order to apply for Streamline pathway to Victorian state nomination for current or recent subcalss 457 , i came to know that a confirmation of employment letter is required as attached in the email.

    Firstly please let me know if i am eligible through streamline pathway and if i am eligible
    Can you please let me know, While filling the attachment document do i need to take the Primary Applicant confirmation and secondary applicant confirmation from my current employer in India?

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    • 25/01/2017 at 7:59 pm
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      Sorry. This question is not clear to me. I might be able to assist if I’d know what’s in that email you’ve received. Please contact us if you’d like us to follow up.

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  • 02/02/2017 at 4:16 am
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    I used to hold 457 visa and My 457 Visa is expired in year 2016 and currently am working in India.
    I worked in melbourne for 2 years till 2016 am i eligible to apply through Streamline pathway to Victorian state nomination (current or recent subcalss 457)?

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    • 05/12/2017 at 10:21 am
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      to be eligible for 457 you must have a sponsor.

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  • 24/02/2017 at 7:00 am
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    I am working on 457 visa as an analyst programmer from last two years. Now my employer does not sponsor its employees for PR. Is there any other way to get PR other than point test.

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    • 05/12/2017 at 10:21 am
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      find another employer, who will sponsor

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  • 24/02/2017 at 10:53 am
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    Is there any impact on processing time if my 457 visa is valid for few more months. I mean, does the department wait for 457 expiry, before issuing PR.

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    • 05/12/2017 at 10:20 am
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      Expiry date of your 457 does not impact timeframe for PR approval

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  • 18/04/2017 at 5:56 pm
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    Hello,
    I got a 457 visa granted in june 2016, but only for 2 years (?). Now, with the 457visa abolition, is there a way to extend my current visa to go 4 years in total, or will I have to apply for the new versions (short-term or med-term) when mines gets to its end?

    Cheers,
    N.

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    • 17/08/2017 at 12:12 pm
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      You’ll have to apply for a new visa with new rules. Whether you’ll get it for 2 or 4 years depends on your occupation. I’d suggest applying for PR as long as you can. From 01/03/2018 you may no longer be eligible.

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  • 21/04/2017 at 9:59 pm
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    Hi Iam on 457 visa about to lodge 186 visa in August
    Actually will finish 2 years on may 11 but in between I have applied for renewal of my 457 visa.
    First I have got the visa for 1 year bcoz of the new employer then I got it for 4 more years.
    When I got my 457 visa 2nd time I was bridging visa for 3 months and later I got approved on 2nd August.
    So I’m waiting till August to lodge my ENS.
    Still do I need 6.0 IELTS if I apply after 1st July as per new rules?
    Or as per Grandfathering clause it should be same old rule of IELTS 5.0 each.
    Please let me know thank you.

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    • 17/08/2017 at 12:10 pm
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      6.0 in each component is required. There might be an exemption available for a transitions stream if you’d have studied at least 5 years in English before.

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  • 22/04/2017 at 11:41 pm
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    excuse me i have 457 more than 2 years and i want to convert my visa to pr , also my ielts test is for more than 3 years ego but i got 6 each for skill.
    just id like to noe i need new ielts test ?
    thanks

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    • 17/08/2017 at 12:09 pm
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      New english test is required.

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  • 04/05/2017 at 5:10 pm
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    I got 2 year 457 visa which comes under the latest rule of April ,2017.i am a registered nurse in australia.i would like to know whether I can apply for Visa 190 or 189

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    • 17/08/2017 at 12:08 pm
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      If you’ll be able to gather enough points, very likely – yes

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  • 21/08/2017 at 11:01 am
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    Hello,
    I have been working in Adelaide for last five and half years with the same employer on 457 visa as Management Accountant. My current visa will be expired after one year (Oct. 2018) and my employer is happy to renew the same visa but due to some company policy doesn’t want to sponsor for PR. But this time i want to go for PR myself and have some questions:-

    1) Which visa best suits to me to convert 457 to PR if it is not employer sponsored?
    2) Do i still need to go for an English test as i have been working here in management position for more than 5 years? And all of my schooling, uni and professional qualifications were in English.

    If you need any more info please contact me via e-mail.

    Thanks

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    • 21/08/2017 at 11:48 am
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      If your employer is not willing to sponsor you for a permanent visa you may consider applying for a skilled visa (189, 190 or 489).
      English test is necessary. An equivalent of “competent English” (IELTS 6) is a must at the moment for skills based permanent visas.

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  • 21/08/2017 at 11:54 am
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    Thanks karol for your quick reply and can you please also advise which process/processes I can skip if my employer is ok to sponsor me.

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  • 21/09/2017 at 10:56 am
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    Hello,
    Aside from taking IELTS, using Medium of Instruction is English (MIE) still applicable in applying for PR?
    Would you please let me know.
    Thank you so much!
    Sammy

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    • 27/09/2017 at 9:25 am
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      Could be in some circumstances

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      • 28/09/2017 at 9:56 pm
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        Could that mean it will be possible to use MIE?

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  • 05/10/2017 at 3:34 pm
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    I hope you could give me more accurate answer.
    Thank you.
    Sammy

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  • 22/10/2017 at 2:04 pm
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    Hello, I’ve got a question. I’m currently on 457 visa, however my employer is not willing to sponsor 186 visa for me. I’ve found a different employer in a regional area who’s willing to apply for 187 RSMS visa (unfortunately, they can’t transfer 457 visa, however). So what is going to happen next? Can my new employer lodge 187 RSMS visa while I’m on 457 with the different employer?Looking forward hearing from you

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    • 05/12/2017 at 10:19 am
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      yes they can, but you will not be able to work for them until your RSMS would be granted

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  • 25/11/2017 at 1:18 am
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    Hi,
    I’m a 457 visa and want to apply for PR next yr 2018. I’ve already my IELTS result and got a 5.5 overall..unforunately I got 4.5 in one section and the rest from above 5. Would this be ok? There’s no problem for my score?

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:18 am
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      You must have all 6’s in IELTS for PR.

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  • 03/01/2018 at 6:08 pm
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    Hi I am on 457 visa granted on 27th April 2017 but I had lodged my application few months prior to this. I was nominated as General practitioner by my hospital but in reality I am working as Career Medical Officer in a hospital (not as a GP) and I have conditional registration with AHPRA. My employer does not sponsor for PR
    What are my options for converting into PR status
    Thank you in advance
    Sanjaya

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  • 04/01/2018 at 4:22 pm
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    Hi, I am on 457 visa allotted on Oct 2016, and working with the same employer till date now after the rules changes for 186 so can i be eligible for PR through pathway of temporary residence transition employer after march 2018 or i can apply through the pathway of direct entry before march 2018???
    My profession is baker .
    Thanks , waiting for your advice

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    • 04/01/2018 at 5:50 pm
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      You may go ahead with direct entry if you have skills assessment done. If no skills assessment available yet – it takes 3 months to get it from TRA, so transition stream will be your option if proposed changes will come into effect.

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  • 07/01/2018 at 8:11 pm
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    Hi, this is my second year on my four year 457 visa.
    In connection with the 457 visa grandfathering rule.,do I still need to sit for an English test?

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    • 07/01/2018 at 8:17 pm
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      If your question is about applying for permanent visa – answer would be yes, unless you have a passport of exempt country

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  • 08/01/2018 at 12:11 pm
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    Hi
    I’m holding 457 visa and my 2 years complete on February 1 st week can I apply ENS visa or After march still I’m eligible for PR?

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    • 09/01/2018 at 10:58 am
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      Seems like you will fulfill work requirements for transition stream. Question remains about your employer willingness to assist and your level of English.

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      • 10/01/2018 at 2:21 pm
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        Hi
        Thank you very much for reply my question. I have one more question about when my 457 visa granted that time I got English language exemption because of I studied 5 years in English medium.
        how about if I apply for 457 visa to ENS visa I need to provide English score 6.0 each module or I can get English language exemption.?
        I am waiting for your reply.
        Than you

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        • 10/01/2018 at 9:52 pm
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          There is no exemption for ENS visa available at the moment.

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  • 10/01/2018 at 3:17 pm
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    Is 5.5 would be alright for rsms?
    Is the exemption provision on Medium of Instruction English (MIE) wil not be in effect?.

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    • 10/01/2018 at 9:51 pm
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      MIE may apply only for transition stream of RSMS visa. 5.5 is not enough.

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  • 10/01/2018 at 5:48 pm
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    I’ve been working on 457 for about 1 year and I’ve got one more year to apply for PR especially on February 2019 will be two years. My question is can I apply before as my sponsor willing to do so, and how much is required English test on PTE? Thanks.

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    • 10/01/2018 at 9:50 pm
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      We can assist applying right now, you might not need to wait. There are additional requirements, but we can check if you’d satisfy. IELTS 6 or PTE 50 is required (each component of the test).

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  • 14/01/2018 at 11:48 am
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    Hi, I am on a 457 visa, it will be my 3rd year this coming February 2018 and i would like to apply for a permanent residency even w/0 my employer sponsorship. I am currently turning 44years old this coming Nov.19 and i am just woried about my age that’s why I am prompted tonapply for a Pr. I would like to seek help from you.. Maybe you can tell me what’s the best option for me and btw, my visa will expire next yr jan6, 2019. Thanknyou.

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    • 14/01/2018 at 9:37 pm
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      Hi Rowe
      Dependant on your occupation you might be eligible for skilled independent or nominated visa. Give us a call to discuss your options.

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  • 15/01/2018 at 9:59 am
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    Hi
    how about the occupation list change in March 2018 or same current occupation list?

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    • 18/01/2018 at 1:37 pm
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      Occupation list has just been updated 17/01/2018. Which list does apply depends on the type of visa and the time when the application has been lodged.

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    • 19/01/2018 at 9:06 pm
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      Hi
      how much IELTS score require for secondary applicant ,immigration consider overall score or each band score ?
      Thanks

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      • 20/01/2018 at 11:42 am
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        4.5 overall.

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  • 15/01/2018 at 1:34 pm
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    Hi,i applied for ENS in 18th march 2017…how long it takes to approve thank you.

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    • 18/01/2018 at 1:36 pm
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      I love your confidence that a visa will be approved 😉
      Current average waiting times are available on department’s website. From my experience, time for a decision from a visa lodgement could take from few months to almost 2 years. There is a lot of different factors Department is taking into consideration. Completeness of the application is one of the factors. You may book a consultation if you’d like to discuss your situation further.

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  • 15/01/2018 at 5:35 pm
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    Hi,I work with my employer more then 2 years but I get my 457 visa may 2017,when I can apply for PR.i have UK pas,thanks

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    • 18/01/2018 at 1:33 pm
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      It all depends on your occupation and work experience. A full assessment is required. Please book a consultation so we’ll check the options available to you.

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  • 16/01/2018 at 12:29 am
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    Hi
    I am working as a registered nurse almost two years. I am currently on 457 and my 457 visa granted on 4/04/2016. I have completed 5 years study here in Australia. I have got skill assessment on the basis on 5 years study. Could you please provide me information if I need any English requirements? Thank you!!

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    • 18/01/2018 at 1:31 pm
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      It depends on which visa we’d apply for. If transition stream employer-sponsored visa there could be an English exemption available.

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  • 17/01/2018 at 10:22 am
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    Hi. We were granted 457 visa June 2015 and changed employer March 2016. Are we still eligible to apply PR through transition stream after March 2018? Passed competent rating in PTE as well. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

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    • 18/01/2018 at 1:26 pm
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      If the grandfathering provisions will be introduced 01/03/2018 as advised earlier by the government – yes.

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  • 17/01/2018 at 11:32 pm
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    Hi sir
    Im existing 457 holder last aug 2016 and my 2 years here on Aug 2018. I just wanna know if the ruling are the same as a old rule? My ielts is only 5. Do i need to take again ielts for applying pr? Can you please give me advise what is best option.thank you so much

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    • 18/01/2018 at 1:24 pm
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      Unless you have studied for at least 5 years where all the subjects were delivered in English you’ll have to pass IELTS 6 in each component for transition stream PR visa.

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  • 19/01/2018 at 6:24 am
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    What would you suggest is it better to apply for a pr under skilled visa 189 from my home country as i am about to get visa 457 through my sponsor for melbourne. Or it is better to apply for the pr once i am in australia working on a 457 visa. I was in hurry as i am 32 yrs right now will turn 33 on april 13 2018 so not to loose my 5 point wanted to apply for point . Plz guide me awaiting your revet thanks.

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    • 19/01/2018 at 9:00 pm
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      Sorry, but with given information, there is no way I could make any judgment.

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  • 19/01/2018 at 1:46 pm
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    Hi

    I
    My 457 visa was approved on 26/09/2016 in occupation cook but for only1year and six months granted till 26/03/2018. If I apply 457 again can I still eligible for 186 through TRT stream after 2 years or new rules will apply to me.

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    • 19/01/2018 at 8:55 pm
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      Hard to say, because we do not have the whole picture yet, but if you will re-apply for 457 before 01/03/2018 chances are you might be still eligible for TRT. Why don’t you apply for Direct Entry?

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      • 20/01/2018 at 10:57 am
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        Hi thanks for quick reply,
        For direct entry we need 3 years of experience but I only have more than 1 year experience. The business is in Melbourne and I can’t apply for RSMS.
        Can we apply for direct entry before the new rules because my owner is ready to sponsor me for PR.

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        • 20/01/2018 at 11:36 am
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          Melbourne is Metro, so ENS apply, with ENS 3 years of experience required, so indeed transition stream seems to be the option

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  • 20/01/2018 at 7:36 am
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    Hi,
    I was just granted with a 4 year 457 (under statistician occupation) on Dec 5th 2017. I’ve been working in this company since Sep 5th 2016. I am 26, have completed a 2 year masters Degree in Marketing in Australia, have no work experience other than this job, my IELTS is 7.5 overall with no component under 7. If I’m not wrong and if the current rules don’t change, I’ll qualify to apply for PR in 3 years which is Dec 2020. But if I don’t want to wait 3 years, are there other pathways to PR that I may be eligible for? Thank you!

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    • 20/01/2018 at 11:40 am
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      Being honest with you I’m quite surprised they gave you 4 years instead on 2 on 457. If you have 3 years of work experience direct entry ENS could be the option. A statistician is not eligible for 189/190/489 currently.

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