Question: How soon can I apply for PR (permanent residency) after the grant of my 457 visa?
This is one of the top questions that me and my team get asked after helping people acquire a 457 (employer sponsored working visa).
Most people actually think that you "must" wait for 2 years on a 457 working with the same employer before you can apply for your PR. But this is actually not true.
A 457 visa allows you to work in Australia with your sponsoring employer. If you have worked for your sponsoring employer for 2 years, you can apply for Permanent Residency via the subclasses 186 or 187 with the same employer sponsor, with some concessions in the requirements for the 186 or 187 (via the Temporary Transitional stream). This includes not having to do a Skills Assessment (therefore not needing to have formal qualifications) and only providing IELTS scores of 5's (minimum).
So what if you have been working for your sponsoring employer for less than 2 years? Or in some cases, not worked at all? Well, you can still apply for Permanent Residency depending on your situation.
If you are applying for the Subclass 186, you can apply for Permanent Residency straight away (through the Direct Entry stream) if you have a positive Skills Assessment, IELTS scores of 6's (minimum) and 3 years of post-qualification employment experience (after your qualification; in the same occupation as your qualification).
If you are applying for the Subclass 187, you can apply for Permanent Residency straight away (also through the Direct Entry stream) if you have IELTS scores of 6's (minimum) and the relevant qualification that is relevant to your occupation. There are some occupations in this subclass that do require a Skills Assessment, but the majority do not.
So the lesson here is do not believe rumours.
Always get professional advice because every person's situation is unique.
So if you have a sponsoring employer, and you want to know all your options, and want to plan a pathway to Permanent Residency, call us on 1300 619 977 or email us at email@example.com to get the right advice.
From the desk of Yuri Marshall | Changing Lives Everyday