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  1. I recently got my 186 employer nomination direct entry granted. My contract through work on my 457 was u til 2019. I am wondering if this should now be made permanent or whether this is at the discretion of my work place whether they make permanent or not ? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
  2. ShaunR6883

    New passport query

    Hi guys Myself and my family have been on 457 visa's for almost 3 years. Last year I had to get my son a new passport from the UK as his old one was due to run out. We never informed the immigration department of the new passport as we assumed that the 457 visa details would transfer automatically. In March this year I applied for 186 sponsored visa's and I put my son's new passport details in. Have I done wrong in assuming that the 457 visa would automatically transfer onto the new one? I am worried now as I'm not sure how I would go about changing this. I still have his old passport. Can anyone help me? Thanks in advance. Regards Shaun
  3. Friday.Nov

    457 travel restrictions

    Hi Are there any restrictions on 457 visa? My agent told me that I can only leave 28 days? However, I can't find any rules about this. I have to go back to my country for about 3~6 months, cuz my grandmother is very ill and my family wants me to stay with her. Need some advice, help! Thanks very much.
  4. Hi Guys, My bro got sponsorship offer for 457, does he need skill assessment for this visa , his occupational is Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic - ANZSCO 342111 Regards DT
  5. 1denno

    Melbourne

    Are all assies barking mad or is it just me been here 4 weeks and hate it miss everything about uk I can’t get a job as have to pay 1500 aud to result a test for a job I’ve been doing for over 35 years prob know more than them about the job bee looking at flights home
  6. Hi there, I am holding 457 visa for 2 years and 2 weeks. My employer told me that they can't nominate me yet because regulations are changed, immigration doesn't process the current applications and they also need to apply for new certificate or licence to be able sponsor more people or nominate me, because since regulations are changed, they are not compliment anymore. This is what I understood; not exact word. So they want to hold my nomination until march. Is this legal? Do I have to wait? thanks
  7. Hi Guys Currently I am holding 457 for 1 year and 2 months, regarding to the new rules from march, 2018, do I need to wait another 1 year and 10 months to apply the pr(3 years requirement from march 2018)? Or I could start to apply pr after 10 months? Many thanks if anyone could answer my questions
  8. Oz Richard

    Third party sponsorship

    Hi I have just finished a two year contract as a Business Analyst with my current employer who sponsored me on a 457 skilled visa. With the recent changes to legislation and as a business analyst in a competitive market, I'm finding it difficult to find companies willing to apply for a new visa. Does anyone have any experience / had dealings with third party firms offering to take on the sponsorship? I mentioned this option to a recruiter when they pulled my interview when they found out I required sponsorship - due to 'past experiences' they were not willing to consider this option. Any advice would be much appreciated. Rich
  9. amith

    Immigration Lawyer Assistance

    I currently hold a 457 visa and I am in a bit of a situation involving company change. I would like a consultation from someone qualified and reliable to take me through my options at this stage. Could someone please point me to a reliable agent ? Thanks you very much.
  10. Hello there, I really can't get to grips with the health insurance requirements for 457 visa... So, I am told I need insurance coverage when applying. Well, I live in the UK so I have the NHS. When I land in Australia I can sign up to Medicare which is granted on the spot. So why do I need extra insurance? Do I need travel insurance for my journey from UK to Australia? Do I need MORE than basic medicare access once in Australia - are they saying I need additional private insurance (I was going to get that anyway)? I just don't understand what is required here. I'm covered in both countries but I'm told I need to register for insurance. Very confusing! Anyway, can someone just explain this to me because it's quite frustrating! Is there a bog standard solution to sorting this all out that is tried and tested across the forum. Much obliged! Frukoz
  11. Hi, I'm from the UK, and have been doing my Australian tax lodgement for the year. I am due to pay the ATO the 2% of my salary for the medicare (just levy, not the surcharge). But my issue is that I have also been paying for the 457 health insurance for the past year, the minimum one that meets condition 8501. However, I remember reading somewhere, some time ago, that once on medicare, this obligatory insurance necessary to get the visa in the first place can be cancelled as medicare meets condition 8501, and that one has to contact DIAC to get a letter or something? When I called up the insurance recently to enquire about this, they said I have to maintain the insurance and she got quite funny about it. Does anyone know if, and how, one can get exempt from this health insurance, and also, could I get a refund for the $1000+ I have paid over the past year for something I didn't need due to having medicare? (if the case). Also, I was questioning the need of applying for medicare in the first place, as it has worked out a lot more expensive than had I just had the health insurance.. I just did it automatically as everything I had read encouraged to 'get medicare'. I don't understand the ins and outs of the system obviously, so hopefully these queries are simple to answer . Thanks
  12. Anorak

    Deal or no deal?

    I've been offered the chance to go and work in Sydney by my current employers, and wanted to get some opinions on the the deal they're offering me. They're going to sponsor me on a 457, and they're happy to also sponsor me for permanent residency via a 186 but I'll have to cover the costs if I went for direct entry now. The idea being they get me there sooner, but we'd get the security of permanent residency. I'd be getting 110K (inc super) as a software engineer with myself (working), partner (not working, maybe after we are permanent), and three school age children, and we plan to rent at first. Deal or no deal?
  13. Hi all I just had my 457 approved a few weeks ago (was on 417). Great news, BUT... I was so gutted to see on my last payslip (Jul 14th) that I've gone from paying $1,370 in tax to $2,535! That's $1,165 more tax or a 48% increase—enough to pay my monthly rental cost twice over! I understand it might just be the way the cookie crumbles, but can anyone with more experience than me with the Aussie tax system confirm that it sounds normal to be paying so much more tax on a 457? It works out around 25% of my monthly salary is tax. Is there anything to be done? Will becoming a permanent resident help? Any advice hugely appreciated! TooEasy
  14. I have some questions related to Australian visa that I hope you could give me some advice. I am an international student and currently doing 4-year IT program. This is my third year of the program and also the work placement year which is part of the program. I am currently employed as an intern in an IT company. It has been six months interning at this place and the company has asked me if I am interested in taking a full-time opportunity after the internship. I am really excited about that but I have not told them about my decision as what I am concerning is that after the intern I have to go back to the university to finish up my final year and could not work full-time while I am in the semester (as stated in one of the student visa conditions) unless they offer me a part-time position (but I guess it would be hard as currently there is no part-time staff at my workplace). My question is what if my company are willing to sponsor me a working visa 457, am I able to take that and replace my student visa while I have not finished my bachelor degree (but eventually I will in any cases)? as apparently under working visa 457 I am allowed to study part-time and work full-time. I am just afraid as I have not finished the degree and have not get any official educational certificate yet, which could prevent me from applying this 457 visa (transitioning from student visa to working visa without completing the degree). I could not find any useful information related to my specific case online. I hope that if you know any information about my case and give me some advice, I truly appreciate that.
  15. I am a Brit living in Oz and have been working on my 457 Visa for the past two years, with another two years remaining on my Visa. I am very unhappy in my current job and I really want to leave, and it has got to the point where I am willing to consider leaving without another role to go to. I am in the process of applying for a Defacto Visa with my girlfriend (we have been together for a year) but I am well aware that the time it takes to get this issued far exceeds both my current situation and my remaining 457 Visa time. If I choose to quit my job without another work sponsor to vouch for me, will I be able to stay and work in Australia after I have lodged my application for Defacto? Or can I only stay and work after being issued the initial part of my Defacto Visa? Also, would I only be able to legally work if a new employer sponsored me (if I can find one)? Would I be able to fly to and from the country whilst my application was pending (I had intended to go back to the UK for Christmas and already booked flights)? Any feedback would be gratefully received. Thanks.
  16. Hi all, Almost 2 years ago I moved to Australia because I was sponsored by a company (457) to do a massive project with more than 400 people involved and I was the project manager for that project. Once the project was done I needed to move back to Europe because the company didn't have any work by that time. By the time I've moved back I've worked 1 year and 10 months in Australia. I really really want to go back, so my question is, what can I do. What is the best way to get a PR? Do I need to do the English test since I was already almost 2 years in the country and working. Is there any migration agencies I could contact? Tips? What would be the way you would take? All tips are welcome.
  17. Hi all, My 457 application lodged on Fed before the new policy change, my job has been moved to STOSL and result is still pending. There's no doubt that my visa will be granted for 2 years, no pathway to PR. Immigration keeps changing all the time, but the MOST unfair part for this 457 new policy is the government apply those new rule to who had submitted their application before 19th April. We followed the old rule to apply Visa, and come up with a result that we are not applying for. Is that reasonable ? Is that fair ? I am wondering is there any legal action we could do to appeal.
  18. Sinead84

    457 unfair dismissal

    Hi all, Any advice you could give on our current situation would be really appreciated, summary below: Worked for a construction company since April 2014 After the 2 year period they agreed to start the process of PR (transition stream) The company strung us along for over a year saying they would start the process In April, they agreed to allow our migration agent complete their nomination and we paid $2500 to the agent to start the process Start of June, my partner is terminated He received an email in Jan to say he was "on a warning" from the construction manager He was never given any guidelines as to how to "improve" his performance During this time the construction manager was demoted and the current construction manager agreed to process our PR application Has anyone had any experience in dealing with the fairwork commission and whether we should seek legal advice about this? Any help would be really appreciated.
  19. Need advice please Ok where do I start LOL i was sponsored on a 457 as a gym manager in 2013. Met a girl had a baby girl, unfortunately the relationship ended as my daughters Mum fell in love with another man. The problem is that we were just about to launch my spouse visa. I have 50/50 custody of my daughter and pay child support. Now the problem I have is my 457 is being soon and until recently I was under the impression that my company would continue the visa for another 2 years but now have decided against it. I asked them a while back about sponsoring me PR but it turns out they couldn't because they'd not fulfilled the training requirements tied into the process. I'm now in another relationship but it's only 3 months in and my partner is very supportive of my situation but I think we are way off spouse sponsorship. Does anyone know of anyone who might of been in a similar situation?? i can't leave my daughter she is my world and she needs her dad. Any help would be helpful or I pray that someone has experienced something similar and can shed some light or point me in a direction of assistance sean
  20. pinup

    Sponsorship/PR Dilemma

    Hi folks, hoping someone can offer advice for a friend who is going through some visa issues. My friend has been sponsored on a 190 visa for permanent residency (as an account) by they're employer for whom they'd worked for 5 years. However the business has gone through a recent restructuring and wanted to relocate him and increase workload significantly. So he left, with that and ongoing issues, terrible working conditions and the employer taking advantage of him and other visa holders he'd had enough. He is a qualified account and holds a BA in Marketing etc although was not strictly working as an account for said company. So, I'm hoping there is an other option for him, he is currently seeking work elsewhere in the hope another business will offer sponsorship. Has anyone got experience in this situation? Any advice would be great. Is it worth him going to an immigration agent for possible solutions. Thanks in advance!
  21. Hi all, My Victoria SS has been successfully, so can now apply for a 190 visa. However, I'm due to travel back to the UK shortly and need clarification regarding the travel limitations. If I apply now, will a bridging visa B be required before I can re-enter the country (even though my current 457 has not expired)? I'm seeing lots of conflicting information online with either: Upon 190 application, I will be granted a bridging visa (A) and even though my 457 has not expired, I will still require a bridging visa B in to re-enter. As my 457 has not expired, I will stay on the 457 and the bridging visa A will just remain inactive - meaning I can still re-enter as per the usual 457 rules If anyone is able to clear this up then that would be great. Also, when it says you have 60 days to apply from invitation, does that mean I can start the application now, but it just needs to submitted within 60 days? As from starting the application to completion, are there any limitations on travel? Thanks
  22. Hi there, I'm hoping someone can help me please! I'm currently on a 457 visa but have started the process with my employer to apply for Permanent Residency. I'm married to an Australian Citizen and having our 1st baby in September 2017. I'm not entitled to Paid Parental Leave from the government whilst on a 457 visa and my permanent residency will not be granted before the baby is born. You can however claim paid parental leave up until the child is 52 weeks old. My question is, can I apply for paid parental leave within that 52 week period if my PR visa is granted even though I was on a 457 when the child was born? Any help or advice is much appreciated :-) Nicole
  23. Hi, I am on a 457 visa with the same employer for nearly 4 years (it runs out in 2 weeks), I am about to apply for PR under either the 187 or 186 system under the temporary residence transition scheme. I have just noticed that my Occupation is not on any list as it was removed in April. Am I still eligible to apply for PR??? Cheers Jimmy
  24. Hi Raul/Other experts, Sorry Raul, i had to tag you for a quick reply as i found you advising quite promptly and precisely. Question: I am working on 457 Visa (Analyst Programmer - 261311) and found another job with another employer who has nominated me but with a different occupation (ICT Business Analyst - 261111). Will the nomination face any problem? Are they closely related occupation or do i need to give any documentation to prove i have relevant skills? If the case officer does ask for additional information to assess my skills, what sort of documents i can provide? Can i provide my resume which mentions Business Analysis as well? The migration agent from new employer told me there will not be any problems. But i have my doubts. My new employer is a big employer in Australia. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  25. As expected, the federal govt used yesterday's budget to outline its plans to abolish the 457 visa and replace the scheme with short and medium-term streams. Application fees for the short-term, two year visas will increase by $90 to $1150, while four-year visa applications will cost $2400 apiece. In addition to this, companies will also be charged annual foreign worker levies. Under the existing scheme, employers have contributed one of two per cent of their payroll to training if they employed foreign workers. But as the requirements have proved almost impossible to police the govt is taking a different route. From March 2018, businesses that employ foreign workers on certain skilled visas will be required to pay money into a "Skilling Australians" fund. Companies turning over less than $10 million per year must make an upfront payment of $1200 (per visa, per year) for each employee on a temporary visa. They must also make a one-off payment of $3000 for each staffer sponsored for a permanent skilled worker visas. Businesses with turnovers above $10 million will be required to make up front payments of $1800 for each worker on temporary visas and $5000 one-off levies for those on permanent skilled visas. The levy is expected to rake in $1.2 billion over the next four years, which will be funnelled into a new Commonwealth-State skills fund. "States and territories will only be able to draw on this fund when they deliver on their commitments to train new apprentices," Mr Morrison said in his budget speech.
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