Temporary Residence Transition stream

Skills and qualifications

    Your skills do not need to be assessed because you have already worked for your nominating employer for two years in Australia.
  • Registration, licensing or professional membership, if required for your occupation in the state or territory in which you will be working.
  • Documents from the relevant Australian registration and licensing authorities that show you hold, or will be able to meet, necessary registration and licensing requirements. The documents must specify both of the following:
    • the type of registration or licensing held
    • the name and contact details for the registration or licensing authority.

Age

You must be under 50 years of age at time of application to satisfy the age requirement, or be exempt.

  • If you are exempt from the age requirement, you must provide evidence that one of the following applies to you:
    • You are a researcher, scientist or technical specialist (scientific) at ANZSCO skill level 1 or 2 who is going to be employed by an Australian government research agency.
    • You are an academic employed at academic level A,B,C,D or E by a university in Australia.
    • You are a medical practitioner who has been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a subclass 457 visa for at least the four years immediately before applying, this employment was located in regional Australia for at least two of these years and whose nominated position is located in regional Australia.
    • You are a medical practitioner who have been working in your nominated occupation as the holder of a subclass 422 visa before becoming a holder of a subclass 457 visa for the prescribed period of two years in the four years immediately before applying, this employment was located in regional Australia for at least two of these years and whose nominated position is located in regional Australia.
    • You have been working for your nominating employer as the holder of a subclass 457 visa for at least the four years immediately before applying and whose annual earnings for each year in the four year period was at least equivalent to the Fair Work High Income Threshold.

English language ability (must be demonstrated at time of application)

  • The results of a specific English language test that you took less than three years before lodging your application and showing that you have at least competent English. To prove that you have competent English you must provide evidence of one of the following:
    • You hold a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland and you are a citizen of that country.
    • You have achieved a score of at least 6 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
    • You have achieved a score of at least 'B' in each of the four test components of an Occupational English Test (OET) that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
    • You have achieved the following minimum test scores in each of the four test components: 12 for listening, 13 for reading, 21 for writing and 18 for speaking, in a Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) test that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
    • You have achieved a test score of at least 50 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic that has been undertaken in the three years immediately prior to lodging the visa application.
    • You have achieved a test score of at least 169 in each of the four test components (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in a Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test that was undertaken on or after 1 January 2015 and prior to lodging the visa application.
  • If you are exempt from the English language requirement, you must provide evidence that the following applies to you:
    • You have completed at least five years of full-time study in a secondary and/or higher education institution where all of the tuition was delivered in English.
  • For each of your dependants aged 18 years or older at the time you were invited to apply, provide one of the following (this is not required to be demonstrated at the time you lodge your application; however, your application will not be finalised until this evidence is provided):
    • They have functional English. See How can I prove I have functional English? for more information.
    • If they have less than functional English, provide a statement saying that you intend to pay the second visa application charge.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​