10 Useful Things to Know About Your Australian 457 Visa

 

Knowing the below information about your 457 visa can really help you protect your rights as an employee and ensure that your sponsoring employer complies with its obligations. You will also find useful information in relation to what happens when you need to change employer, and when you may be able to apply for Australian permanent residency.

 

1) Your employer’s obligation to pay you the Australian market rate

In the nomination application for your 457 visa, your employer needs to state what your guaranteed annual salary will be, as well as provide evidence of what the Australian market salary rate is for your role (generally by providing market salary survey data, or by providing the contract/payslip of an Australian citizen or permanent resident that is working for your employer. He or she needs to be working in the same role and location as your nominated role). Your employer needs to pay you at least the Australian market rate for your role. This ensures that you are not underpaid, and employers don’t just hire foreign employees because their salary demands are less than the Australian market rate.

2) Your employer needs to continue to pay you the Australian market rate

Your sponsoring employer is obligated to comply with the obligation outlined above for the duration of the time that you hold your 457 visa. Your employer is required to periodically review your salary and increase it as the Australian market rate for your role increases.

3) You can only work for your sponsoring employer and in your nominated role

Pretty self explanatory. You can only work for the employer that is currently sponsoring you for your 457 visa. Also, you can only work in the role that DIAC has approved in the nomination application.

4) Hold appropriate  health insurance coverage

You must show proof of adequate health insurance when applying for your 457 visa. An applicant must arrange for health insurance and show proof of cover when they lodge their 457 visa application. If any dependent family members are included in the application, then adequate health insurance coverage is also required for these individuals.

There are exceptions available for Irish passport holders and if you hold a passport from a country that has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia – United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Malta and Italy.

A comparison site that lists all the policies can be viewed at www.457visacompared.com.au.

IMAN Health Funds offers a wide range of competitively priced health insurance policies that are appropriate for 457 visa applicants (as well as other foreign nationals who need to maintain health insurance coverage while in Australia): www.austhealth.com 

5) If you’re changing your role

If you’re employer wants you to take on some extra or more senior responsibilities due to your development in your role, you can generally take on these tasks without notifying DIAC. This is the case as long as the majority of your tasks and duties still fall within the ANZSCO that DIAC approved in the nomination application. For instance, if your approved ANZSCO occupation is Civil Engineer (233211), you can check the tasks listed for this ANZSCO and decide whether your role still fits within this ANZSCO after the changes to your duties. If the changes are such that you no longer fit into your approved ANZSCO, then your employer will need to lodge a new nomination application and DIAC will need to approve this application before you can start working in your new role. Your approved ANZSCO can be found in your 457 visa approval notification.

6) If you want to change employers / Taking a second job

Firstly, you need to ensure that your prospective employer is eligible to sponsor you for a 457 visa. This generally means that they need to hold Standard Business Sponsorship and that this sponsorship is valid (or that they are eligible and willing to apply for this). Your prospective employer will need to lodge a 457 nomination application and have this approved before you can start employment with them.

Due to Condition 8107, you can’t take up a second job – period (i.e. you can’t take up a second job even if this job is similar to your nominated role, or if it is a casual position that doesn’t interfere with your work with your 457 visa sponsor).

7) Changing employers and completing current employment obligations

As I stated in point 3 above, you can only work for your sponsoring employer and in your approved role. The exception to this is when you’re changing your employer and 457 visa sponsor. Even after the 457 nomination application for your new employer has been approved and your sponsorship has changed to this new employer, you can continue to work for your former employer and sponsor to ‘fulfil a requirement to give notice of termination of employment’. Basically, you’re allowed to fulfil the terms of your employment contract.

8) If you end your employment with your sponsor

Your 457 visa is subject to condition 8107 – this condition requires you to remain employed in your nominated role with your sponsor. If your sponsor terminates your employment, then they are obligated to notify DIAC.

If more than 90 days has passed since your last date of employment, then you are considered to be in breach of condition 8107 and DIAC may issue you with a issued with a Notice of Intention to Consider Cancellation. If you intend to lodge another visa application, then you can discuss this matter with DIAC and see if they can give you a little extra time to prepare and finalise the application (evidence supporting your claim that you will be lodging a genuine application may help you case).

If your employer notifies DIAC of your cessation and you’re outside of Australia, then DIAC can cancel your 457 visa without notifying you.

9) Covering the cost of your flight to leave Australia

Once you have ceased employment,  you can make a written request to your employer and request that they cover the reasonable cost of your departure. Your employer is obligated to cover this cost if it receives such a request.

10) Applying for permanent residency with employer sponsorship

Holding a 457 visa can open up various pathways for obtaining Australian permanent residency. If your 457 visa sponsor is willing to sponsor you for permanent residency, then you may be able to apply for either a 186 or 187 visa. The most straight forward pathway to permanent residency for 457 visa holders is generally to complete two years of employment with your 457 visa sponsor and then apply under the Temporary Residence Transition stream. This stream is available under both the 186 and 187 visas.

To apply under the Temporary Residence Transition stream, you need to complete two years of employment with the employer that sponsored you for your 457 visa as the primary 457 visa holder (dependent 457 visa holders cannot apply under the Temporary Residence Transition stream). Employment with a different 457 visa sponsor can’t be counted towards the two years. Employment while holding any other visa also doesn’t count.

However, you may be able to apply for permanent residency under the Direct Entry stream, in which case, you do not need to complete two years of employment as a 457 visa holder.

For the 186 visa Direct Entry stream, generally speaking, you need to apply for and obtain a positive skills assessment for your nominated occupation from the relevant skills assessment body. If your guaranteed annual salary is $180,001 or over, then you are exempted from having to obtain a skills assessment, and you may be able to proceed with an application under the Direct Entry stream now.

For the 187 visa Direct Entry stream, generally speaking, you only need a positive skills assessment if your nominated occupation is a ‘trade’ occupation (e.g. plumber, cook, electrician etc.). For professional occupations (e.g. accountant, engineer, nurse, teacher, management level roles etc.), you do not need to obtain a skills assessment. Generally speaking, you need to have either a Bachelor degree or higher level qualification that is relevant to your nominated occupation or alternatively, you need five years of full-time experience in positions that are similar to your nominated role. Like with the 186 visa, you are also exempted from needing a skills assessment if your guaranteed annual salary is $180,001 or over.

 

Alternative pathways to permanent residency

 

Many 457 visa holders transition to permanent residency through the sponsorship of their employer. However, you may be able to apply for permanent residency without the sponsorship of your employer. You may now eligible for a Subclass 189 or 190 visa.

The 189 visa is called the Skilled Independent visa. It is an invitation and points-based visa. Before you can apply for this visa, you need to firstly prepare and submit an Expression of Interest. In the ‘EOI’, you provide your personal details, employment history, qualifications etc. You are entitled to points based on various factors such age, experience and qualifications etc. DIAC will invite the applicants with the highest points to apply (the minimum points required for an invitation is 60). You must receive an invitation from DIAC before you can apply. Also, only the occupations listed on the Skill Occupation List can be used for a 189 visa application.

The 190 visa is similar to the 189 visa. The main difference is that you firstly need to obtain Australian state or territory government sponsorship before you can apply for this visa. Why obtain such sponsorship? Firstly, it is worth 5 points. Also, each state or territory has its own list of sponsorable occupations – consequently, there are a lot of occupations which are sponsorable under the 190 visa, which are not sponsorable under the 189 visa.

A great advantage of obtaining one of the above mentioned visas is that you are not obligated or tied to any one employer. If you obtain permanent residency through employer sponsorship, then you will need to make the commitment that you will work for your sponsor in your nominated role for 2 years from the date of visa approval.

There is no such obligation imposed on 189 and 190 visa holders. You are free to change your employer as you please. For the 190 state or territory government sponsored visa, you need to make the commitment to work in your sponsoring state or territory for at least 2 years from when the visa is approved. But you are not committed to any one employer.

In fact, you do not even need to work in your skilled profession. You can start your own business, make a career change, progress to a more senior role in management etc.

For Subclass 189 visa holders, you do not really even need to remain in Australia since you do not have any obligations to an employer, or state or territory governments. You can obtain this permanent residency visa and secure your future in Australia, or just give yourself the option of living and working in Australia. Your family members can come to Australia and establish a living for themselves while you remain overseas.

 

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920 thoughts on “10 Useful Things to Know About Your Australian 457 Visa

  1. Kaira

    Hi peng

    I and my husband is outside australia and we want to apply for 457 visa outside australia..Can you please tell me who can sponser us?? Like what sort of business should a sponser hold?? Is it ok if he runs a cleaning business?? There is one guy who is australian and runs a cleaning business can he sponser us??can we apply

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Kaira,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  2. Amiliya

    Hi peng,
    I m on 457 visa since july 2015 and 2 yr will be completed on july 2017. I hv query regarding spouse visa actually my husband in oversea because he left country when he got 3 years ban started from august 2014 to august 2017. I want to know can i apply his visitor visa or spouse visa now or have to wait for completion of 3 yrs that will be in august 2017. Its almost been 2 an half yr i didnt meet him. Can i apply visitor visa to bring him back. He is working in company in overseas. Please reply me thanks in advance

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Amiliya,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  3. Jacques

    Hi Peng.

    First of all thank you for running an amazing service. I have found more answers here than anywhere else I have looked.

    Second I also have a question: As a holder of a dependant 457 visa, can I start a small business? I have looked all over and haven’t found any info specifically forbidding it but also no info saying that I am allowed to.

    Your help is very much appreciated.

    Yours sincerely,
    Jacques

    Reply
  4. William

    Hi Peng

    I want to ask this question on behalf of my brother. He is 27 years old this September. From 2015, he has been working as a part time employee for a tax company. In 2015, he had been waiting to be sponsored by his boss as at that time my brother’s boss still sponsored 2 employees. Until late 2016, his boss decide to rename the company and sponsored my brother. Nevertheless, when my brother accepted by the Department, they said that the company is new so my brother just been granted 1.5 years visa 457. According to the law, must be at least 2 years of the 457 visa to get the Pr but my brother still lacks a half year. Counseling with the lawyer, he told my brother that when the visa ends, my brother has to re-apply another visa to stay at Australia and working for the company again, then the boss will nominate my brother again so he will be granted another 2 years visa 457. Then after 2 years, he will get the Pr. Another way is that before the 1.5 years ends, my brother has to get the CPa certificate and 7.0 score IELTs. Is it true that there is no other ways. Thank you very much and sorry for my bad English.

    Best regards,

    William

    Reply
  5. Anand

    Hi Peng,

    Currently my spouse holds 457 visa as a main applicant and I hold dependent 457 and both of ours visa is valid till November 2017 though we are currently not staying/working in Australia since June 2014.

    Now I am required to file a 457 as a main applicant and may be include my spouse and kid on dependent visa.

    My question is do we need to cancel our existing visa which is still valid or my visa can be transferred from dependent to main.

    Thanks in advance.
    Regards,
    Anand

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Anand,
      You can apply for a new 457 visa, which would replace your current visa if this is granted. You don’t have to cancel your current visa first.
      PC

      Reply
      1. Anand

        Hi Peng,

        Thanks for your quick reply on this I just want to know if my spouse visa would also be replaced with dependent 457 from main applicant.

        Regards,
        Anand

        Reply
  6. Vince

    Hi Peng,

    I’m on 457 and been working for my employer for 1.5 years. Contract will be ending in 6 months and would possibly subject to another 2 years bound contract again. My question is will the employer need to nominate me again and go through the whole process?

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Vince,
      Your employer and yourself would need to complete the application process if you need a new 457 visa because your current one is about to expire.
      You don’t need to lodge new applications with the Department if you are just signing a new contract for your existing role, and the terms of your contract aren’t changing.
      PC

      Reply
  7. Jade

    Hi Peng,

    I have been granted a visa 457 for 12 months. My manager wanted it to be granted for 48months but the HR manager who made the application said she could only put a 12 months period on the application because where I work they only provide 12months duration contrat and renew them each year.
    My question is: do you have to have a contract of 4years to get the visa 457 granted for 4 years? Or is it ok to have a 1 year contract renewable every year ?

    Many thanks
    Jade

    Reply
  8. Kiran Kumar

    Hi Peng,

    I was on a 457 for 4 years and after 3.5 years the company went into liquidation. I had another employer take over my existing 457 time of 6 months and got approved. After the term was over we applied for a fresh 457 in December 2015. I waited for 1 year to get the grant of 457. My question is I finish 2 yrs in June 2017. Is it possible that immigration would consider the time I spent with the same employer for 1 year in bridging in the 2 years requirement for the temporary transition stream PR? The employer is ready to give a stat dec as well mentioning that I did work only fo him for the past 1 year whilst I was in bridging.

    I would really appreciate your view on this issue.

    Thanks

    Kiran

    Reply
  9. Sam

    Hi Peng,

    I have recently resigned from my 457 sponsored job in Australia and will be having my 457 visa cancelled so I can access my superannuation. I may have plans in the future to return to Australia so I was wondering if I was eligible for another 457 in the future, should I return.

    Thank you!
    Sam

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Sam,
      You’d need to check your visa cancellation notice to see if any ban period for temporary visas apply.
      PC

      Reply
  10. Farai

    Hi Peng,
    I was wondering if you help me with this. So, my wife got the 457 visa and I will accompany her as a spouse. My question is, can I (the spouse – as the dependent) lodge an application for the 190 skilled independent visa when I reach Australia? Thank you for your help.

    Reply
  11. Jahan

    Hi Peng
    One employer is willing to offer 457 visa sponsorship for my wife. we are living outside Australia and my wife is 3 months pregnant. so my query is; can her pregnancy effect on getting visa ??
    Your answer will b much appreciated..

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jahan,
      Health examinations may be required – she may have issues with these examinations if she is pregnant.
      PC

      Reply
  12. Cristina

    Hi Peng,

    My husband was sponsored for 457 Visa which will expire on 3 April 2017 The sponsorship was for 1 year, prolongable for 2 years ( a recruitment agency is the actual sponsor). He signed the contract on 19 April 2016, that means our Visa will expire before the contract have finished. Is there any inconvenience caused by that, as the contract says that an employee under 1 year has to give one week notice. The agency would like him to continue with them, but he’s not happy with that. Meanwhile he was placed by the agency on a site ( he’s a bricklayer) and the company is interested on employ him directly and sponsor him for 186. He scored 8, 8, 7 and 6.5 on IELTS, he’s 39 and he’s able to provide experience on the nominated job. How’s the best way to do this in order to avoid any interference or issue? How long it’ll take the skills assessment? As far as I understand, the very first step is that this new employer to nominate him? When is better to resign? We have 3 kids going to school here, I got an ongoing casual job as well and we are looking to do the things in the most proper way. Thank you in advance.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Cristina,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  13. Matt

    Hi,

    I have a question regarding 457 Visas – I came over to Australia on my wife’s 457 before the company I work with sponsored me so I moved onto my own 457 (I’ve realised now this was pretty silly)

    The question I am now faced with is can I move back onto my wife’s 457 should I leave the company that sponsor me? They have lost 3 directors in the last 3 months and are not going in the right direction. If I was to move company, that company would have to take on my 457 Visa (at cost) but if I am on my wife’s I can move freely.

    Can someone please let me know? Would really appreciate it.

    Matt

    Reply
  14. Peter

    Hi,
    I am an international student who has one more year to graduate. I have got a work offer from a company which is willing to sponsor me for a 4-year temporary work visa to be able to work full time for them. Visa description doesn’t clearly state weather one can or cannot study while on this visa. As I strictly aim at finishing my studies, my question is that if I change from “Student Visa” to “temporary work visa (Subclass 457)”, would I still be able to finish my degree? If yes, could it be part-time or full-time?

    Thanks

    Reply
  15. Fiona

    Hi,
    I am currently in a 457 visa which expires May 2017. I have stayed with my sponsoring employer. Can I apply for another 457?
    Many thanks.

    Reply
  16. Abhijeet Nair

    Hello Peng,

    Glad I came across this web page with generous guidance you have been providing to my fellow Visa holders.
    I am currently on a 457 visa and completing 2 years on the 6th Feb 2017 and also recently married. I believe I am eligible to apply for PR and also can I include my wife in the application ?

    Eagerly awaiting your generous guidance.

    Regards
    Abhijeet Nair

    Reply
  17. sami

    Hi Peng,
    i am on 457 visa since 2014. i changed my nomination with new employer in july 2015 i am just want to know can i apply for ens after 18 months actually i heard that we can apply ens after 18 months completed. usually its process of 24 months working experience with employer please advice me. Thanks

    Reply
  18. Steven Kurniawan

    Hi, i did lodge my documents for 457 last August 2016.
    My boss did itself for me, we didn’t use immigration agent before.

    Till now February 2017 i haven’t got any news about my visa application.
    Status is under review

    What should i do now?

    i’m really stressful
    Should i use immigration agent now?

    thank you

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Steven,
      You can upload further supporting documents to the existing application if you have concerns – you can get an agent to assist with this.
      PC

      Reply
  19. Jan

    Hi Peng,

    I am on a 457 visa, and I want to add my fiance under my visa. She is on a student visa and we have been living for 6 months but we are already in a relationship for 1 year. What are the requirements that we need?

    Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Jan,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  20. Pooja Agarwal

    Hi Peng,

    Thank you helping out all of us with these tricky visa related questions.

    I am on a dependent 457 Visa. My partner’s 457 Visa ends on April 15.

    Am in process of applying for a 189 Visa.

    If I get a bridging visa (BVA) by April 15 , can I work in Australia after April 15?

    Regards
    Pooja

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Pooja,
      Your bridging visa should allow you to work full-time after you lodge a 189 visa – check your bridging visa for your visa conditions.
      PC

      Reply
  21. Pash

    Peng Cheng,
    I am on 457 visa which expire date is October 2017, my employer redundant me 6 month ago, and I apply protection visa and get bridging visa A, my bridging visa is not effective untill 457 visa expire, how I support to my family while in Australia, can I do other jobs on bridging visa? Advise me, Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Pash,
      You’d need to find an employer to take over your 457 visa if you want to work on this visa. Bridging visa comes into effect after your 457 visa expires.
      PC

      Reply
  22. Sagor

    Hi Peng Cheng,
    My 457 medical done, my nomination was approved on 5 October 2016. Still visa not approved. Generally how long required for approve after nomination? I’m at offshore.
    Thanks

    Reply
  23. Apurva Chiranewala

    Hi Peng,

    Firstly, thanks for your great post and willingness to respond to user queries.

    I am on a dependent (spouse) 457 Visa. Am I allowed to start my own business and register for an ABN?

    Reply
  24. Nav

    Hi Peng,
    My husband is on 457 visa and I am currently on Student visa & we both are residing at the same address in Melbourne. We are planning to apply for subsequent visa soon.
    How much time do you reckon it’s gonna take and what are the expenses for the subsequent visa ??
    Thanks

    Reply
  25. Mari

    Hi, just like to ask.. I am in 457 now and I already applied for 189.. While waiting for my 189 visa, can I work somewhere else aside from
    The employer who sponsored my 457?
    Thank you

    Reply
  26. Tobias

    Hi Peng,

    I’ve a 457 visa as defacto partner. When my partners contract ends, do I have to stop working the same day?

    Reply
  27. Clementine

    Hi Peng,
    Thanks for this information, it is really helpful.

    My question is: I was granted a 457 visa in May 2016 for 18 months as the company I work for has only been trading for 12 months. Can I extend my visa for up to 4 years? Will I need to send a new application?
    By that time, I will have worked for 24 months with my company (6 months on a work-holiday visa + 18 months on a 457 visa), will I be able to apply for Permanent Residency at the same time?

    Thank you very much in advance.
    Best regards,
    Clementine

    Reply
      1. Clementine

        Hi Peng,
        Thank you very much for these elements.
        I guess I will have to submit my new application just before the last day of my visa. Will I be granted a new bridging visa while waiting?
        Finally, I first applied with my De Facto partner. Will we have to prove again our relationship?
        Thanks,
        Clementine

        Reply
  28. Saurav Majumdar

    Hi Peng
    I have not applied for dependent visas for my wife and kid in the currently applied UC 457 (its under process and if all goes well, I expect it in next two months). When I land in AU on UC 457, can I file for my own Green Card first and then apply for my wife in kid separately for GC without adding them on to my UC 457 at all?
    Thanks
    SM

    Reply
  29. dennis

    HI peng,

    i am waiting for my 457 visa , i applied 20 of jul, how long you think is going to take until the decision been made?
    and can you please tell me if i can travel overseas until the final decision ? or i am going to lose my rights if something goes wrong
    Thank you so much , you are doing a wonderful job.

    Reply
  30. Vasavi

    Hi Peng,

    Can dependent stay in Australia holding valid 457 visa when the primary applicant is at offshore.

    Thanks,
    Vasavi

    Reply
  31. Gur

    Hi peng,
    I applied 457 on 12 july 2015 and my nomination is approved on 24 july but since then i have been waiting for my decision, i contact with immi couple of time but evry time they said file is in process and you will get your decision anytime soon, do still i have chance to get 457 ?
    What you reckon, have heard this kind of case before.
    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Gur,
      Sorry I can’t confirm whether DIBP can approve your application just based on your comment information.
      PC

      Reply
  32. Col

    Hello PC,

    I have a valid 457 work visa. Can my wife (who has a 457 dependent visa) work as a software engineer in Australia.
    If yes, do companies in Australia prefer employing 457 dependent visas.

    Reply
  33. Amanda

    Hi, I’m currently on a 417 visa and have a job offer but they don’t want to invest time and training in me with my 6 months only with 1 employer restriction. Is there anyway I can switch to a non limitation visa while in Australia on a 417? Thanks

    Reply
  34. Anshul

    Hi Peng,

    First of all , a great thanks for doing so much awesome work.

    I am on 457 visa. Am I entitled to get parental benefits like paternity allowances and parental leaves ? My wife would be delivering our child outside Australia though.

    Thanks again

    Reply
  35. Emma

    Hi Peng,
    I was just granted a 457 visa but it only runs for 18 months. Why is it short? I thought a 457 visa is valid for 48 months? I’m sure I placed 48 months for proposed period of stay on the online application when I applied my visa, as well as in the nomination application as per my sponsor.
    Can you kindly please advise?

    Thanks,
    Emma

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Emma,
      This happens if the sponsoring employer has operated their business for less than 12 months.
      PC

      Reply
  36. BABLAI

    Hi Peng
    Both mine(457) and my spouse(dependent 457 visa) has been granted visa at the same time.
    Is it possible for my wife to depart after 7 months from the date I had departed from our home country or does she have to move along with me?
    Eager for your reply

    Bablai

    Reply
  37. Anna Bui

    Hi Peng, Thanks for your very informative site! I logded papers on 15 Sept and I am now on Bridging visa A for visa 457. Am I eligible to apply for visa 485 (My student visa was expired on 22nd September 2016) while holding BVA? Thank you so much! Anna

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Anna,
      Sorry but I can’t provide advice just based on your comment information.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  38. Marivic

    Hi, Peng,
    I am currently on 457 Visa. I worked only for 7months on my first Employer and currenly more than 4 months on my recent Employer. If I move again to another Employer, is it possible for them to nominate me for RSMs this time instead of applying for 457 Visa again? And do I need to take English test even If I am on Irish Passport? Thank you very much.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Marivic,
      You would satisfy the English requirement if you hold an Irish passport: http://myaccessaustralia.com/english-language-requirement-186-ens-187-rsms-visas/
      187 nomination and visa requirements are outlined here: http://myaccessaustralia.com/regional-sponsored-migration-scheme-rsms-subclass-187-visa/
      I’m sorry but we would need to complete an assessment before we can advise in relation to your visa options.
      Please see Contact Us page and in relation to our Consultation Service – feel free to contact us if you need advice in relation to your visa options.
      PC

      Reply
  39. Mandy

    Hi Peng,
    I am on a 457 Visa. I am changing Employer. My new employer has filed application with Immigration department to take over my visa sponsorship. While this is in progress, Can I travel outside Australia? Do I need another visa to make a trip back home, while the application is with Immigration department.
    Thanks.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Mandy,
      Sorry but I’ll need to refer you to the Department with this query – I’m not sure if they would take action against your 457 visa and I can’t speak on their behalf.
      PC

      Reply
  40. BABLI

    Hi Peng

    I have received my 457 visa against employer sponsorship.
    After notifying them they said that they would get back to me.
    My question is how many months do I have in hand to remain in my home country as per 457 guidelines before i join my employer in Australia,provided they haven’t cancelled my sponsorship.

    Reply
    1. Peng Cheng Post author

      Hi Babli,
      Your visa shouldn’t specific any date by which you need to enter.
      You can enter as long as you have a valid visa.
      PC

      Reply

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