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Permanent Residence Pathway for 457 visa holders in South Australia

Some welcome news at a State level for subclass 457 visa holders impacted by recent legislative changes! South Australian Government is accepting nominations for 457 visa holders currently working in South Australia for a 190 or 489 General Skilled Migration visa allowing these individuals to remain in South Australia. The added bonus the fact that these visa pathways place no requirements on the employer.  Where a subclass 457 visa holder has worked in South Australia for 12 months or more, they will have access to more than 400 occupations.  This is welcomed news by those visa holders who are no longer eligible for another 457 visa or subclass 186 as a result of the changes last month.  The changes are summarised here:

In addition to having more occupations available to choose from, South Australia is offering further concessions on English language requirements. Applicants securing a state nomination can get up to 10 extra points for DIBP’s points test. Five will be awarded for state nomination relating to subclass 190 visa and ten relating to a state nomination for subclass 489 visa.

Securing a subclass 489 or 190 visa will also allow visa holders access to local school fees.

The entire list of eligible occupations is available on South Australian Government Website:

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    Guest Wednesday, 10 May 2017

    Is a 489 visa a Permanent or temporary Visa?

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    Nikki Oberroi Thursday, 11 May 2017

    Sc489 is a temporary work visa which is a pathway to Permanent 887 Visa. The 2 conditions are that you will live in the sponsoring state for a period of 2 years and that you must demonstrate that you have worked in that state for a period of 1 year. I hope that helps

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    Guest Wednesday, 10 May 2017

    Whilst there has been a lot of information on the changes to the 457 visa and the killed Occupation List there is no clarity to the 186 visa. Can a current 457 visa holder apply for a 186 visa under the transition pathway? How long do they have to wait. Two or three years before they can apply?

  • Guest
    Sudeep Friday, 12 May 2017

    How can I apply???

  • Guest
    Morgan Thursday, 25 May 2017

    "The added bonus the fact that these visa pathways place no requirements on the employer"
    Is this means the employee can apply 489 straight away if they can find a employer ?

  • Guest
    Sandhya Padmaraj Monday, 17 July 2017

    Hi team, would be interested to understand if I stand a chance for this visa ?

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