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      Transferring a 457 visa to different employer

      Hi,

      I have been living in Brisbane for around 6 months now, here on a 4 year 457 visa - sponsored by my current employer.

      In short, I don't want to stay working with this employer, and when my tie-in period ends (if I leave before 12 months I have to pay back all visa costs etc), I want to move elsewhere.

      Has anyone done this on a 457? Is it easy to transfer sponsors?

      Thanks!


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      hiya, welcome to pio, you have 28 days to find someone else to sponsor you, if you have not got anyone in that time you will have to leave oz, but can be done, you will have to get a bridging visa while you wait for your new 457 as you cant transfer them, and in that time you can not work, hope this helps a bit?

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      You can transfer to another employer on a 457 visa. I am on the same visa and have also been here for 6 months with 3 1/2 years to run. I would check out the DIAC website for info www.immi.gov.au as you don't have to reapply for the visa, the new sponsor simply fills in a form to transfer sponsorship responsibilities to them. It may be better to find another job/sponsor and then serve out your notice with the first employer rather than go to a bridging visa as you can't work on them. I would assume that any secondary applicants can't either but I'm not sure. Hope this helps and good luck, as I said, I'm in the same position and would love to get away from my employer!

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      Hi ya

      I've done exactly this, after a year on a a 457 I got offered a job with another company. They don't take over your 457 you'll have to apply for a new visa but ours only took 4 days to come through once lodged. You'll have to do all the medicals etc again if the last ones were done over a year ago.

      Once the new visa is granted though you'll have to stop working for your old employer straight away, which is gonna bugger up your notice period if you aint careful, it did mine

      I was lucky, my new company covered all relocation costs my old company wanted back which was the clincher really, couldn't have moved otherwise.


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      You don't need to re-apply for 457 when changing employer

      Hi, new to the forum so apologies if I'm repeating information already on another thread. We're just transferring our 457 visa from one company to another (1/2 way through our 4 years) and the rules changed late last year so:

      You do not need to apply for another visa if you change employer, just transfer it.

      Dept of Immigration 'From 14 September 2009, 457 visa holders who wish to change employer or position (within the validity of their current visa) will not be required to apply for a new Subclass 457 visa.'

      Temporary Business (Long Stay) - Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457)

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      Hi

      Does anyone know the 'rules' for letting immigration know about resigning from a job prior to securing another employer to take over sub class 457 visa? My resignation is effective in next five days (yike) but looks like I will be offered a new job with another employer in next two weeks and fingers crossed they will be able to take over my existing visa, just not clear how much notice have to give to immigration.

      I do know I can't work in the 28 day window post resigning

      thanks if anyone can help

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      I also have a question ont his one.

      We also have the possiblilty of changing employer - a few months ago my husband was faced with being laid off and we have managed to buy some time since then by him working under a different department within the company - doing the same job and with the OK from immigration.

      BUT things are getting quiet again so our search from a new job continued - and we seem to have found an employer willing to take on the sponsorship - however they are ot yet an approved employer to sponsor so to start with they need to apply before nominating us and us transfering over.

      Question is how long does this stage for the employer to become an approved employer sponsor ?

      Thanks in advance
      JO - Mummy of 4 & Wife to Garath - On a 457 since Oct 2008 - Garath Electrician - Applied for 856 - Nom & App (non DRC) submitted 18/05 (parramatta) Acknowledged 23/5 - Payment 01/06 - News of Case officer allocated 15/12 ...GRANTED 30/12

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      Quote Originally Posted by BikerinBrissie View Post
      Hi,

      I have been living in Brisbane for around 6 months now, here on a 4 year 457 visa - sponsored by my current employer.

      In short, I don't want to stay working with this employer, and when my tie-in period ends (if I leave before 12 months I have to pay back all visa costs etc), I want to move elsewhere.

      Has anyone done this on a 457? Is it easy to transfer sponsors?

      Thanks!
      Hi,
      Sorry to jump in on your thread....Could you tell me what your sponsor paid for, I'm looking at this route and just wanted to know what most of them do.

      Thanks
      Lin

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      Quote Originally Posted by twinmum66 View Post
      Hi,
      Sorry to jump in on your thread....Could you tell me what your sponsor paid for, I'm looking at this route and just wanted to know what most of them do.

      Thanks
      Lin

      Our sponsor paid for nothing, we paid all visa fee's flights relocation costs etc. some i think do contribute?
      JO - Mummy of 4 & Wife to Garath - On a 457 since Oct 2008 - Garath Electrician - Applied for 856 - Nom & App (non DRC) submitted 18/05 (parramatta) Acknowledged 23/5 - Payment 01/06 - News of Case officer allocated 15/12 ...GRANTED 30/12

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      Update: (I have no idea how to edit an old thread so I'm just going to write another post - sorry!)

      It turns out that when you transfer your visa, from the day it is transferred, you can no longer legally work for you old employer. But, you don't really want to hand in your notice before it's transferred in case there is a problem or a delay (in which case you end up unemployed for a month or go over your 28 days whilst you are waiting and have to apply for a bridging visa).

      So the way my partner dealt with this once he'd been offered the new job was to warn his old employer off-the-record that he would be handing in his notice, then as soon as the transfer went through, he handed in his notice that day and started with the new company the following day. It's far from ideal and takes some tact to still leave the old employer on good terms, but it keeps you within the legal requirements of your visa.

      For info: my partner did ask the new company to try not to transfer the visa before a certain date, thinking this would give him time to finish up at the old job and also would give him an idea of when his last day would be - this didn't work, as soon as the visa was ready it was transferred and he just had to leave!

      Hope that helps.

      Quote Originally Posted by Janipun View Post
      Hi, new to the forum so apologies if I'm repeating information already on another thread. We're just transferring our 457 visa from one company to another (1/2 way through our 4 years) and the rules changed late last year so:

      You do not need to apply for another visa if you change employer, just transfer it.

      Dept of Immigration 'From 14 September 2009, 457 visa holders who wish to change employer or position (within the validity of their current visa) will not be required to apply for a new Subclass 457 visa.'

      Temporary Business (Long Stay) - Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457)

     

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