20 Oct Current 457 Visa Holders’ Pathway to Permanent Residence (PR)
According to Department of Immigration and Border Protection, If you hold a 457 visa, you could apply for permanent residence (PR) through the TRT stream of the 186 or 187 visa after March 2018.
To assist you to understand your eligibility to PR through 186/187, we have compiled this guideline for you.
You can apply for PR through the TRT stream of the subclass 186/187 visa.
This stream is available to all subclass 457 holders who met the various requirements. Transitional arrangements will be put in place in March 2018 in relation to certain requirements.
You can apply for PR through the DE stream of the subclass 186/187 visa.
This stream is available to all subclass 457 holders who meet the various requirements, including being nominated in an eligible occupation.
If you turn 45 shortly, you will not meet the requirements for a subclass 186/187 visa unless:
You held or had applied for your subclass 457 on 18 April 2017 and are applying under the TRT stream; or you meet one of the age exemptions for these visa subclasses.
If you held your 457 visa before the Government’s announced the changes on 18 April 2017, you will be able to access certain existing provisions under the TRT stream:
Occupation, age, and work experience requirements will remain the same. You need to meet additional 186/187 eligibility criteria, with the introduction of TSMIT from March 2018.
If you want to apply for PR through the subclass 186 or 187 visa without applying for your 457 visa before 18 April 2017, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria for the specific visa in effect at the time you apply.
Book a free appointment with us to discuss your individual visa requirements. We take the time to understand your personal circumstances, professional objectives and life goals. We will determine your visa eligibility and advise you on the best visa path.