I returned to the UK a couple of months ago. I was previously in Australia on the employer sponsorship visa 457. The Clause within this visa is that it is only valid while I currently work for the company that sponsored me.
Upon my leaving the company, my employer explained that he is legally bound to advise the department of immigration about my choice to cease employment with them, and I have 28 days to leave the country ( i have confirmed they acted on this)
I had thought that this process would in effect cancel the 457 visa.
Recently I came to find that my visa had not been cancelled, ( which I needed it to be to claim my super fund) so I have followed the process in order to get the visa cancelled.
Since the I have received my cancellation letter from the department of immigration and they have stated that due to the 28 day clause, I have breached the regulations and that if I were to try and enter Australia that I would be refused! Even thought I did leave the country within that time period.
I need to know has anyone been in situation? If so, do you know if I should have cancelled the visa myself in this time period or whether leaving the country alone was enough? And that the wording they use in visa cancellations is just standard policy and doesn't literally mean that?
Any advice would be greatly received!