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I'm currently on a 457 Visa (expires November 2016) with my employers. I would like to convert this to a PR Visa.

 

Currently, the 2 options available are the Temporary Transition Stream and the Direct Entry Stream. As I've only worked for the company for 7 months I don't qualify for the Temporary Transition Stream (minimum 2 years with that employer). I could continue to work for the employers until the 2 years is up but my problem is that (as an IT developer), the company is slowly moving away from my area of expertise and into a new area of technology.

 

I have a good relationship with the employer, and was considering asking them to process a PR Visa under the Direct Entry Stream path. This would require me passing a skills assessment with the ACS and also (I assume) attaining a minimum score of 6.0 in the IELTS exam.

 

Has anyone ever done this before and is it an easy process? I'm thinking that I will tell the employer that I'll cover the cost of the application ($3,000) in order to make it a better option for them.

 

Any advice would be welcome on either this path or any other path that would be open to me for PR.

 

Also, for the Temporary Transition Stream do I need to have worked for the same employer for 2 years or could I also work for another company doing the same job?

 

​Thanks!

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You would need two years with the same employer for the transition stream.

 

If your employer is willing and you meet the criteria for the direct entry then that is an option. Another option might be skilled migration.

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Hi Paul

If you hold a UK passport you won't need to do the IELTS as this passport gives you automatic 6's I believe. If you meet the criteria then it's quite a straight forward process. Ours took 4 months, we did it without an agent. But that was really quick, and it seems to vary widely.

 

There is an ongoing thread, I'll see if I can find it and post it for you here in a mo....

 

http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/migration-issues/158703-skillselect-ens-186-timeline.html

 

This thread will give you an idea of timelines.

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Hi,

 

I am just about to start the process. if you are doing direct entry and have a UK passport you dont need to do the IELTS

 

my employer is submitting their nomination and I have already started collecting the police checks - booking in medicals etc so that I can place our application as soon as the employer nomination comes back approved. Fingers crossed it wont take too long :)

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Hi,

 

I am just about to start the process. if you are doing direct entry and have a UK passport you dont need to do the IELTS

 

my employer is submitting their nomination and I have already started collecting the police checks - booking in medicals etc so that I can place our application as soon as the employer nomination comes back approved. Fingers crossed it wont take too long :)

 

Similar case here. Whats is the procedure for medicals if you dont have a TRN yet ?

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I'm currently on a 457 Visa (expires November 2016) with my employers. I would like to convert this to a PR Visa.

 

 

 

Paul,

 

How did you get on with this?

 

I'm in a similar position with similar length of experience. Did you go for the Direct Entry route?

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Paul,

 

How did you get on with this?

 

I'm in a similar position with similar length of experience. Did you go for the Direct Entry route?

 

I'm going for the Transition Scheme as in October I'll have been here 2 years.

 

I'm a bit baffled by the cost of the Visa. According to the pricing table here:

 

https://www.immi.gov.au/fees-charges/visa-pricing-table.htm

 

The cost of the Visa is $540 (click expand all, then search Employer Nomination Fee). I'm thinking that this is what the employer pays to nominate me? I'm then charged the $3,500 plus the $1760 for my application?

 

As ever, the Immi website seems rather cryptic!

 

If anyone has any experience in what the costs would be for the following:

 

Main applicant (ENS 186 Transition Scheme)

Secondary applicant (over 18)

 

Costs payable by the company that is nominating me

 

That would be great!

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Cost to your employer for nomination - $540, cost to you for your application -$3520. This will not be refunded if the visa is refused for any reason - some prefer to wait until the employer nomination is approved before submitting their application but this increases the overall processing time (around 3-6 months currently). Medical will cost you approx $400 and you also need criminal record checks from home Country & Aus.

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Sorry and you would have a cost of $1760 if you have a secondary applicant eg defacto.

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Thanks Mel,

 

Can the employer lodge the nomination before the 2 years is up? My 2 years are up in October, so I'd like to lodge the application then. If the nomination has already been processed that would speed things up.

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Thanks Mel,

 

Can the employer lodge the nomination before the 2 years is up? My 2 years are up in October, so I'd like to lodge the application then. If the nomination has already been processed that would speed things up.

 

No they would have to wait 2 years exactly before they can lodge a nomination.

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No they would have to wait 2 years exactly before they can lodge a nomination.

 

OK, thanks for your help!

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Hi guys, my company brought me to Australia on 457 visa almost one and a half year ago. I'd like to apply for PR through Temporary Transitional Stream 186 once I reach 2 years. Do you know if I can actually do that without involving the agent, or is the process too complicated? I'm sure I can submit all necessary documents from my side in the timely manner but I'm not sure what documents should I collect from my employer (e.g. the training requirements). Is there a checklist?

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The employer needs to do the nomination, you would do your application. There's a document checklist on the DIBP website for both employer and employee. It's up to you whether you wish to use a migration agent. If you don't use one, make sure to thoroughly read the information on the DIBP website and look at forum threads as well to make sure you know what's required.

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