From a temporary 457 Visa to a permanent Employer Sponsored Visa

Arrival in Australia

In 2014 after Melanie had finished her studies in Germany she decided to visit Australia on a working holiday visa. She enjoyed her time in Australia so much that she decided to come back a year later, on a Tourist Visa to visit places she missed during her first time in Australia. During that time, she was offered sponsorship and obtained a temporary skilled (subclass 457) visa for Australia. Melanie moved to Sydney in New South Wales, which she describes as a great place to live. She made the decision to move because of the job opportunities and the lifestyle that Australia has to offer.

Job qualification

IT occupations are in need in Australia and she had the qualification and work experience required to qualify for several temporary and permanent visas. Her employer at that time offered her Sponsorship for a subclass 457 visa. The occupation her employer nominated was the one of an ICT Project Manager.

Contact to Friederike

Due to the changes in migration law in April 2017 and the uncertainty surrounding the industry, Melanie decided to apply permanent residency for Australia as soon as possible. The usual way would have been to work 2 years for her employer while holding her subclass 457 visa, as that would qualify her for the transition stream to obtain permanent residency. The uncertain future surrounding the migration industry made her consider a faster way to achieve her dream of permanent residency in Australia.

Friederike Kuehn from Your Migration Network assessed Melanie and determined that she was eligible for different permanent visas for Australia. Melanie enjoyed working for her current employer and they wanted to keep Melanie in their team, so we decided to move forward with the Direct Entry Stream of the Employer nomination Scheme (subclass 186).

The changes in April 2017 saw her occupation moved to the Short-term skilled occupation list. That change meant for her limited options to obtain permanent residency as occupations on that list don’t qualify for many permanent visas. Melanie had to take on additional tasks since obtaining the subclass 457 visa that would qualify her for other IT occupations. Her previous work experience also included several tasks that we decided to nominate a more favourable occupation moving forward.

The risk involving that decision was that it might impact her status in Australia and the uncertainty if her work experience for her current employer would be taken into consideration. It involved careful planning and a detailed study of the migration law and policies to make sure that the application had a high chance of a positive outcome.

Skills assessment

The first step was to obtain a positive skills assessment with ACS (Australian Computer society) for the occupation of an ICT Business Analyst which wasn’t a big hurdle given Melanie’s qualifications and previous work experience. The nomination and visa application on the other side involved careful planning and research of the current law.

The visa application

In August 2017 her subclass 186 visa application was lodged. Just 5 months later Friederike Kuehn from Your Migration Network called Melanie to inform her about the great news, her permanent visa had been granted.

Melanie was amazed at how quickly her permanent residency was granted, compare to the processing standards of the Department of Home Affairs. She is looking forward to many more years in Australia and the possibility of Australian Citizenship in a few years’ time.

“Very happy to have chosen Your Migration Network in Brisbane for my Permanent Residency Visa application. Friederike’s knowledge of the ever changing migration law is impeccable and provided me with exceptional guidance and peace of mind while navigating through the often complicated process of applying for a visa.

With YMN offering both english- and german-speaking migration agent services, they were able to offer expert advice in German in regards to Australian policies and processes.

What impressed me most, was the high level of support, service and care YMN was able to provide at every step of the way and which took all the stress out of the process. I would strongly recommend choosing YMN as your migration agent. Thank you for everything!”

Contact me if you are currently holding a subclass 457 or subclass 482 visa and you want to apply for Permanent Residency.