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  1. exenger

    457 issues - any comments??

    HI all. I have been here in Oz/Melb for about 4 ish years with my partner. I came over on the working holiday wanted to stay, so did a Occupational Visa for 2 years and I am now applying for a 457 visa. The job front is excellent and the long term prospects with this company are good despite the recession. (Dental Technician). I am still young enough and have maximum points or there abouts. So my problem has occoured because my boss is a slacker, too laid back. We have a HR Department which deals with staff and visa issues as we are large company with branches throughout Oz/US/Malasia etc. Long story short...I end up doing my own application, decided not to use the agents as I had previously done. I applied online, paid for all three sections with just two days left on my 442 visa. Unfortunatly, I filled out one section incorrectly and therefore had to relodge this part after my 442 expired which meant I was given a different catorgory bridging visa plus they slapped Condition 8101 on it. No work rights. That was unexpected, financially unprepared I just kept on working whilst 457 is being processed. The boss dont mind. My questions are... Its so far been three months, 2 weeks...is this a reasonable processing time? And I have have continued to work. I need the money, bills rent, living. Will they check this as well? Does the tax department speak to the immigration department? I did speak to my case officer last Monday, she says "check your inbox by friday" Still nothing... If so then I think I might be up merde creek without a paddle. Its absolutly crazy, the stress is unbelivable, not knowing whether Im staying or going. The annoying thing is that I tried to rectify this as soon as poss, tried to change the status of the bridging visa, but my case officer:arghh:, it seems, does not give a merde .... Anyway, if anyone has any experience or comments, they would be much appreciated. By the way, it was a beautiful day here in Melbourne. 25 degs