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457, 820 and brindging visa A after 24 November 2012

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Hi everyone,


Posts on the forum have really been helpful to me in the past and here I have a question and need some advice so I decided to speak up.


I'm currently on a 457 visa and applied in January 2013 for a 820 partner visa. While the application is being processed, Immigration granted me a bridging visa A with full working rights (issued after 24 November 2012). However, it will come into only after when my 457 ceases. And here comes my confusion, I'm sure that I'll switch on the bridging visa if my 457 expires but what about if I quit or my employer terminates me?

To be honest, I've been on a 457 for over a year now and late changes in the management of my company made the workplace horrible. The sooner I'm able to look for another job, the better for me and my family!


If someone is in the same situation or has been through it or have a valuable piece of advice for me, that would be greatly appreciated.

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If you quit your job and therefore your 457 visa is cancelled, the bridging visa A is also cancelled. You would end up on a bridging visa E, which is not a great bridging visa to be on, you would have to apply to get working rights and you would not be able to get a bridging visa B (allowing you to travel overseas) whilst you are on the bridging visa E.


My advice would be to stick it out at work for the time being, sometimes you just have to do that in life, it won't be forever.

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Welcome to poms in oz. Totally agree with rupert.

Has two beautiful Aussie little girls :-)

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Thanks for the replies guys. That's was what I feared. It's just when you get an email from the DIAC telling you the average processing time is currently 13 months, it's sounds like a long time to put up with it...

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