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Good News for older workers. 186 visas: Age cap lifts for legacy 457 visa holders from 1 July 2022; further 482 visa applications in the Short-term stream

As announced recently the age cap for some 457 visa holders have been abolished altogether and 482 visa holders in the Short-term stream who were in Australia when borders were shut can apply for a further 482 visa under this stream without needing to leave Australia.

Be advised the age cap lifts for legacy 457 visa holders, but only for 186 visas in TRT stream.

As of 4 April 2022 but commencing 1 July 2022 inserts a new definition of legacy 457 worker, which is a person who held a subclass 457 visa on or after 18 April 2017; and was in Australia for at least 12 months between 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021.

A major change is for 482 visa holders in the Short-term stream who will be able to make further onshore 482 visa applications in this stream from 1 July 2022 to 1 July 2023.

Ever since 482 visas commenced, applicants for a 482 visa in the Short-term stream must be offshore if they have held two or more 482 visa in the Short-term stream and was in Australia when they applied for their last visa. These provisions, which do not apply to either the Medium-term stream or Agreement stream, seem unnecessary and antiquated especially when borders were closed due to the pandemic and the government’s pivot to retaining as many workers in Australia as possible due to labour shortages.

From 1 July 2022, applicants who were in Australia from 1 February 2020 and 14 December 2021 as 482 visa holders in the Short-term for one or more periods that total at least 12 months, and who makes a further application for a 482 visa in the Short-term stream before 1 July 2023 will not be required to leave Australia to validly lodge this application.


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