What Happens Now
- You could choose to fly back to your original country
- You could look for another employer
- You could potentially look at Skilled Migration – this may have to be done offshore, this is a route to PR
- You could be sponsored by a partner or spouse if you have an Australian partner or spouse
- You could choose to study another course
- You could apply for a visitor visa if you would like to stay for a short time before you head to your original country
I would like to stay in Australia permanently
The best option is to continue looking for another employer or get checked for Skilled Migration.
If you have another employer willing to sponsor you, you can do a 457 or 482 transfer if:
If you are currently on a 457 or 482 visa, you can do a transfer.
This can either be a sponsorship and nomination transfer case. Or if your employer already has a sponsorship in place, it may be a nomination transfer case only.
Otherwise, if you have an Australian partner and satisfy the right requirements, you can apply for a partner visa which is also a pathway to permanent residency.
I would like to stay in Australia a little longer before heading home
Potentially looking for another employer.
You can choose to study in Australia towards a course to further up-skill your current qualifications or choose a different career path (if you can demonstrate that you are a genuine student).
I would like to leave for home
You can look to book a flight and travel home. During COVID-19 travel restrictions, this may be quite difficult to do. Ensure you speak to a migration agent or lawyer to be able to do this accurately and that you don’t violate any visa conditions.
The Next Steps
Book in a consultation and get accurate, legal advice the first time round. Stop researching and wasting time getting advice from the grapevine (informal advice). Get a straight answer from experts:
*Disclaimer: Always get a migration agent or lawyer to asses your individual circumstances, in order to receive unbiased recommendations. Your unique circumstances and personal factors can affect your visa options and can either open up or close pathways for you.