We applied for the online 457 and everything has been processed very quickly - application acknowledged on 9 August and health requirements etc finalised on 30 August. We understand that there is nothing outstanding but have been told by our CO that the Visa cannot be issued more than 3 weeks in advance of the date we put on the application which was 1st November so we are expecting the official issue on or around 10/11 October. My question is, when the visa is actually issued, is it simply emailed to us and we print it off and carry it with us with our passports or do we have to take or send it somewhere (Australia House?) to have it validated in some way - or is it sent in the post? We have taken a chance and already booked our flights for 17 October, arriving in Australia 23 (4 nights in Bangkok) but I'm now beginning to panic in case I have jumped the gun! Can anybody put my mind at rest - or should I start changing flight dates??
Thanks for your time in reading this.