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I was in the process of applying for a standard skills visa (176) however I have now been approached about a job in Auz where the employer will apply for and sponsor me for a 457 visa. The offer is quite good and seems the way to go particularly as it cuts the queue.

 

Can anyone point out the failings or shortcomings of going this route? Pros and Cons appreceiated.

 

Some of the things that I have been able to glean from the internet:

Medicare it seems that as a resident/citizen of the UK I will pay into Medicare and will also be able to make use of this. Is this so?

 

My wife will have the same rights to work as I do.

 

Kids Schooling I have drawn a blank here but am lead to believe that I will need to pay for their schooling?

 

Accommodation: Apparently my employer will be able to pay for my accommodation as part of my package and as I am only on a work visa I am classed as working away from home and that this will not be taxable. This might help make up for having to pay for schooling. What does schooling in Auz cost?

 

My next question is at the end of the period of the 457 visa what are my options? If all is successful I would want to stay permanently what do I do then? If I have a 4 year 457 visa do I need to wait the four years before I try and make my stay more permanent? After 4 years I might be over the 45 year old mark would I be penalised for this even though I have spent the last 4 years working in Auz.

 

Anyone who can point me in the right direction please do.

 

Many Thanks

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If you ask me, I would say apply for your 176 anyway. The big disadvantage of the 457 visa is that if you're not with the employer anymore, you've got 28 days to look for another job or else you'll have to depart.

Advantage is that you'll be living the good life in Australia much quicker.

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Might be worth approaching your employer if they'd sponsor you for permanenet residency (ENS)straight away? You'll need a skills assessment done unless you're earning megabucks.

 

You can use the 457 to get you over there in the meantime, but ENS will give the stability you need for your family.


ENS 121 submitted 22/04/2010, approved 04/10/2010.

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Just the sort of answer I need thanks. I will ask the employer about the ENS. I already have my skills assessment and IELTS results. Do you not have to wait 2 years before going down the ENS route?

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Just the sort of answer I need thanks. I will ask the employer about the ENS. I already have my skills assessment and IELTS results. Do you not have to wait 2 years before going down the ENS route?

 

What do you mean wait? In terms of processing times?

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Nope - you just have to meet one of these three criteria:

 

have worked full-time in Australia in the nominated occupation on a Subclass 418, 421, 422, 428, 444, 457 or 461 temporary residence visa for the last two years prior to the visa application being made (including at least the last 12 months with the nominating employer) (the "two year rule")

have been nominated to fill a highly paid senior executive position with a salary of more than $165 000 per annum (excluding superannuation or allowances) (hahah!)

have had your skills assessed as suitable by the relevant skills assessing authority and, unless exceptional circumstances apply, have at least three years full-time work experience in the occupation before the visa application is lodged. A list of assessing bodies can be found in the Employer Nomination Scheme Occupation List (ENSOL). (you potentially and what I did)

 

There's a few other criteria you need to meet too - check the fine print:

 

Employer Nomination Scheme (Subclass 121/856)

 

(Also applies for 121 offshore)

 

M

 

Just the sort of answer I need thanks. I will ask the employer about the ENS. I already have my skills assessment and IELTS results. Do you not have to wait 2 years before going down the ENS route?

ENS 121 submitted 22/04/2010, approved 04/10/2010.

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If I applied for a 176 then I would need state sponsorship as I am 5 points short and the critical skills shortage list was more or less abolished (the CSL would have got me an extra 10 points). I would then apply to either or both Victoria and WA for various reasons. My 457 would be for ACT. Would this not effect the state that I apply to for sponsorship. Would the status of my 176 change from off-shore to on-shore? Would this not create problems and possibly extra costs?

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Believe the old MODL would of given you some extra points.

 

I'm not too up to speed on the independent skills GSM as I did my last year before I was offered ENS. It's changed quite a bit so would recommend seeing a professional.

 

I think 176 is offshore only. ENS can be onshore or offshore.

 

IMHO, I reckon it's worth hitting up your potential employer for ENS from the start and as the paperwork is going though get a 457 to tide you over. A 457 doesn't give your family any security so definitely hit them up for ENS.

 

M

 

If I applied for a 176 then I would need state sponsorship as I am 5 points short and the critical skills shortage list was more or less abolished (the CSL would have got me an extra 10 points). I would then apply to either or both Victoria and WA for various reasons. My 457 would be for ACT. Would this not effect the state that I apply to for sponsorship. Would the status of my 176 change from off-shore to on-shore? Would this not create problems and possibly extra costs?

ENS 121 submitted 22/04/2010, approved 04/10/2010.

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