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HOW DO I CONVERT MY SUBCLASS 457 VISA TO PERMANENT RESIDENCE?

By | 457 visa, Corporate Migration, RSMS, Visa | 5 Jan 2016

There are a number of ways to convert your Subclass 457 visa to permanent residence through your sponsoring employer.

Depending on where your employer is located you can either be nominated for a Subclass 186 permanent residence visa through the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or be nominated for a subclass 187 visa through the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS).

SUBCLASS 186 (EMPLOYER NOMINATED) PERMANENT VISA - EMPLOYER NOMINATION SCHEME (ENS)

There are two streams under which you may qualify for permanent residence under the Subclass 186 Employer Nomination Scheme:

Temporary Residence Transition stream

Most employees spend two years on a Subclass 457 visa with their employer and then get their employer to nominate them for a subclass 186 Employer Nominated permanent residence visa under the Employer Nomination Scheme.

Direct Entry stream

The Direct Entry stream is for those who have worked at least three years at a skilled level in their occupation and are able to obtain a positive skills assessment in their field.  

Provided you meet the criteria for a skills assessment in your occupation and you can prove that you have worked for at least three years at a skilled level in your occupation it is possible for your employer to nominate you for a Subclass 186 Employer Nominated permanent residence visa through the Direct Entry stream.

Converting your 457 visa to a Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) 187 visa

An employee can only be nominated for a subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa by an employer with a business which operates in Regional Australia. 

SUBCLASS 187 (REGIONAL SPONSORED MIGRATION SCHEME) RSMS VISA

There are two streams under which you may qualify for permanent residence under the Subclass 187 Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) visa.

Temporary Residence Transition stream

The Temporary Residence Transition stream is for those employees who have spent at least two years on a Subclass 457 visa with their employer before being nominated for a Subclass 187 RSMS visa.

Direct Entry stream

It may be possible to obtain a Subclass 187 RSMS visa without spending two years with your employer on a 457 visa. This takes place under what is known as the ‘Direct Entry Stream’.

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