I have an employee who has held a 457 visa for almost 2 years, can they still apply for Permanent Residence?
If your employee held, or had applied for, a 457 visa on or before 18 April 2017, then transitional arrangements are in place that allow them to apply for employer sponsored permanent residence under the regime that existed prior that date, excepting English language requirements, and the requirement that the direct employer be the nominator (not an associated entity). The transitional arrangements include the age requirement (no more than 50 years at lodgement), occupation list (not required) and 2 years holding a 457 or TSS visa.
Note that these transitional arrangements apply even if a subsequent TSS visa is required to meet 2 years holding a 457 or TSS visa, or a change of employer occurs. Renewal of a 457 or TSS visa does not affect the transitional arrangements, however, the permanent employer nominated visa application must be submitted by March 2022 (within the next 4 years).
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