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The 2-Year Work Myth | 457 to Permanent Residency

VisaOne
15 September, 2015

Question: How soon can I apply for PR (permanent residency) after the grant of my 457 visa?

This is one of the top questions that me and my team get asked after helping people acquire a 457 (employer sponsored working visa).

Most people actually think that you "must" wait for 2 years on a 457 working with the same employer before you can apply for your PR. But this is actually not true.

A 457 visa allows you to work in Australia with your sponsoring employer. If you have worked for your sponsoring employer for 2 years, you can apply for Permanent Residency via the subclasses 186 or 187 with the same employer sponsor, with some concessions in the requirements for the 186 or 187 (via the Temporary Transitional stream). This includes not having to do a Skills Assessment (therefore not needing to have formal qualifications) andΒ only providing IELTS scores of 5's (minimum).

So what if you have been working for your sponsoring employer for less than 2 years? Or in some cases, not worked at all? Well, you can still apply for Permanent Residency depending on your situation.

If you are applying for the Subclass 186, you can apply for Permanent Residency straight away (through the Direct Entry stream) if you have a positive Skills Assessment, IELTS scores of 6's (minimum) and 3 years of post-qualification employment experience (after your qualification; in the same occupation as your qualification).

If you are applying for the Subclass 187, you can apply for Permanent Residency straight away (also through the Direct Entry stream) if you have IELTS scores of 6's (minimum) and the relevant qualification that is relevant to your occupation. There are some occupations in this subclass that do require a Skills Assessment, but the majority do not.

So the lesson here is do not believe rumours.

Always get professional advice because every person's situation is unique.

So if you have a sponsoring employer, and you want to know all your options, and want to plan a pathway to Permanent Residency, call us on 1300 619 977 or email us at solutions@visaone.com.au to get the right advice.

From the desk of Yuri Marshall | Changing Lives Everyday

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228 comments on “The 2-Year Work Myth | 457 to Permanent Residency”

  1. Hi
    I have applied for my 457 on 27 February 2018. and got my 457 visa on 28 May 2018. So I wanna to know am I eligible for apply PR after 2 year.
    Thanku

  2. I obtained my 457 visa in april 2017 , worked for the same employer for 2 years in a regional area , have 7 oversll band score and also did a skills assessment test . With all the visa changes what do i do next as the current employer does not sponsor PR

      1. Dear VisaOne,

        Could you please give me advice on my case?
        I had transferred to a new employer (with 457) and now I got 1 year 7 months.
        I had to transfer to a new employer because of my previous employer bankruptcy (I have no choice). In my case, do I have to wait until 2 years to apply or I can apply now.

        Thank you so much for your help.

        Kind regards,
        Trung Nguyen

        1. Hi Trung,
          We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  3. Hi
    I'm JC, is it true that after getting a permanent residency every sponsored employee needed to stay for another 2years from their employer?
    What if i just got my permanent residency few months ago and i want to resign from my work? The reason is i work 60hours per week and had no overtime pay, even sometimes more than that. And i am not happy at all.
    Do they have rights to apply and cancel my sponsored visa?

  4. Hi
    I want to know I have finished 2 yrs on 457 visa as salon manager. But my employer if not providing me the documents to apply for PR. Can you please suggest me what should I do as he is very rude and don't want me to apply for PR.

  5. hi
    i applied my visa on 16 march 2018 and got visa on 8 may 2018 under 457 visa subclass as electrical technician i just wanted to know when i will be eligible to file PR after 2 years or 3 years with same employer

  6. Hello
    I got 457 visa on March 15 2018 for two years .I am not sure that i am edigibiy to apply PR because of new visa rule.

  7. Hi, my 457 visa was granted in July 2015. but the new rules to apply for PR requires an english test 6 and when I got my 457 the score required was 5. I am struggling to score 6 in all skills areas, already did the PTE and IELTS 3 times and in all of them I failed in one skill only. I would like to know if I really need to do another english test, as my visa was granted in 2015 and the english required was 5. The only thing that is holding the application is the english test. Also today I saw that the English rules for citizenship changed back to 5. So, why do I need score 6 for PR if when I got the 457 more than 2 years ago it was 5 and now even the citizenship is 5 again. Can i apply pr with my 5 yrs of english medium study in university studies before or not .. thanks

  8. Hi i am krishna gurung. Currently working for 4 months as a chef under 457 visa. I have previous experience on same work for more then 3 years and ielts score of 7 overall and aslo i have done the skill assessment. Can i apply for pr. Thank you

    1. Hi Krishna Gurung,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  9. Hi, I'm a registered nurse under a 457 visa and I have been working under my employer for less than a year now. I am quite confused with the new rule under the 186/187 visas. Am I still eligible to apply for these visas this year? I have 4 years working experience in the past btw.

    1. Hi Mica,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  10. Hi I'm Lana,

    Can I get the PR in 2 years if I come to Australia with a student visa or do you have to have the 457 visa to get the PR. I'm looking forward for your reply.

    thankyou

    1. Hi Lana,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  11. Hi
    My 457 VISA was granted on end of Aug in 2016. My IELTS score is 5.0 and overall is 5.5 at that time. I am waiting 2 years restriction to get PR VISA. recently the law has been changed. Do these changes affect my condition? What need to be done for my PR ?

    1. Hi Takoyakee,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  12. Dear Migration Expert,

    Hope you are well. Am in a cloud of uncertainty since the AU migration laws keep flipping these few months. I am doing my Patisserie IV and Advanced diploma of hospitality management from Le Cordon Bleu in South Australia and should complete in 2 years time (when I am in my 30s). Prior to this, I used to work as an analyst (2-3 years) and have both a degree (Econs) and a MBA (both from good AU universities). Since I have changed my career aspirations, would you be able to share what my chances are like in getting a PR in South Australia through pastry/ baking line?

    Many thanks,
    Anne

    1. Hi Anne,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  13. Dear team
    I been granted 457 Vissa for 4 years on March 2018 and I would like know few information how much time does it takes to get a dependent Vissa for my spouse once he applied.and number 2 and currently iam carrying for 3 months will I get all the medical insurance and once I have gave a birth to baby will he/she be a direct citizen ship of Australia and at what time should I process for PR

    1. Hi Ranjeet,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  14. Hi there,
    My husband is working as a Pastry Cook and has his 457 granted last August 2016 (means he has already been working for the company more than 1 year). As per new law rules changed, it is said that our case will not be effected as the visa was granted before 18 April 2017. My husband has actually got his Ielts passed for 6 points overall (6 for each components) and we are waiting to get our PR lodged this coming August 2018. My question is: Is it correct that we are still qualified even though Cook is in the Removed Occupation List after March 2018? Also, is it only 2 years for the eligible working period under 457 instead of 3 years to be able to get the sponsorship from the company and government? Cheers.

    1. Hi William,
      We have just received your enquiry as the office had a holiday break. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚
      Happy New Year!

  15. Hi, my 457 visa was granted in July 2015. but the new rules to apply for PR requires an english test 6 and when I got my 457 the score required was 5. I am struggling to score 6 in all skills areas, already did the PTE and IELTS 3 times and in all of them I failed in one skill only. I would like to know if I really need to do another english test, as my visa was granted in 2015 and the english required was 5. The only thing that is holding the application is the english test. Also today I saw that the English rules for citizenship changed back to 5. So, why do I need score 6 for PR if when I got the 457 more than 2 years ago it was 5 and now even the citizenship is 5 again. Thanks a lot!

  16. hi im.Morris working as a forklift operator under labour agreement company specific ive got this visa last april 2015 and its been 2 years and 4 moths now. the minister announcement that the currect 457 visa is not affected by the changes however theres still.something i want to know if i am.still eligible to apply for PR? i working in aremote area of australia.. do i have a chance or theres a possibilties of pathway to residency?

  17. Hi

    I am on 457 visa which was granted in August 2017 and would last for 2 years till August 2019. I would like to know the options i have to remain in Australia? Can I do a skills assessment and apply for another visa or do I wait then apply for permanent residency? Please advise.

    Best Regards,

    1. Hi Calvin,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  18. Hi,

    I am on 457 visa which was granted in June 2017 and would last for 2 years till June 2019. Since the article is from 2015, I would like to know if there is any change in the law, especially in wake of recent changes in Visas from 1st July 2017 onwards.

    Best Regards,

    Ashish Bhanot

    1. Hi Ashish,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  19. Can i get the information about getting permanent residency through sponsorship? Also about 457 visas according to new rule

    1. Hi Bipul,
      We have received your enquiries. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  20. Hi, I am holding 457 visa under the meat industry labour agreement. I got this visa on 27 Nov 2014. From 10 Feb 2015 to 3 Jun 2015, I worked for the first employer. And then, I am working for my current employer from 20 Sep 2015. According to the meat industry labour agreement, I can apply for 186 visa after working as skilled meat worker in the same position for 3 years and six months. The detail of the agreement is in the following link.
    https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Empl/Labour-agreements/meat-industry
    My questions are:
    1. Is the working time for 186 visa application calculated from the date I arrived in Australia or the number of days I got pay from the employers?
    2. If it's calculated the number of days I got pay, I can apply for 186 visa on 27 Nov 2018. However, my visa will be expired after 27 Nov 2018. Are there any solutions for me to get the 186 visa with less cost? One of my friends said that you can apply a new 457 visa before it expired or bridging visa E with working permission. I don't think my employer can give me nomination exactly on 27 Nov 2018. It probably after several weeks. Is the bridging visa E good for me, because applying new 457 visas for my family cost too much?

    1. Hi Mohamed,
      I have forwarded your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  21. Hi VisaOne
    I am currently here on a 457 sponsorship visa, ​the visa was granted March 2017, and last for 4 years.

    My question is whether i can still apply for a Permanent Residency after completing 2 years with this same company which will complete in March 2019, or has all the new rules changed that fact? I know I can apply before the 2 years, but in my case i can't, cause i need a skills assesment, which I cant get, since i do not have any payslips for the last 3 years, working within the nominated job.

    Please give me a suggestion so that i can plan for my future.

    1. Hi Erik,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  22. Hi
    I am a doctor, 50 yrs old, got a job in Queensland and planing to come in September on 457. I have planned to keep my family in Melbourne with my relatives .However, I am bit worried about PR pathway for my children. If I apply PR in 4yrs from a remote place would my family be able to apply PR, because they live in a major city?

    Kumar

    1. Hi Kumar,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  23. Hi I am Gracy,
    I am working with one employer with 457 visa completed 2 years this June 15th 2017 and I have 3 years experiences the same occupation, I have done my skill assessment recently, I just turned to 50 last may 2017 , am I Eligible to apply for PR recently my employer applied 457 visa for 4 year more, because the first 457 visa was applied for only 2 years my employer is willing to support me for PR is there any chances or not please reply

    1. Hi Gracy,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  24. Hi guys,

    I am currently holding a 457 sponsorship visa, granted on the 15th June 2015.
    I have to add 15 days of unpaid leave on to of the ''two years'' waiting period that is requested for apply through the ''Temporary Residence Transition Stream''.

    I would like bring to your attention whether or not i can apply on the 30 June 2017 for Permanent Residency.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Regards,

    ...

    1. Hi Michael,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  25. Hi There

    My name is oliver I've been on 457 visa for 4 years and been granted for PR last 2015, I am planning to apply for citizenship do I affected for the changes for 4 years period. I appreciate your reply.

    1. Hi Oliver,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  26. I am currently here in Sydney on a 457 sponsorship visa, ​I was been granted a 4 years 457 visa on the 23rd February 2016
    And i started working with this company since then and the skill that i was nominated with was a sales representative (industrial products),
    And now after the new rules My skill is removed from the occupation list,

    My question to you is whether i can still apply for a Permanent Residency after completing 2 years with this same company which will complete in February 2018.

    Please give me a suggestion so that i can plan for future course of action.

    Many thanks

    1. Hi Nitesh,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  27. Hi,

    My wife is now working in SA with 457 visa and recently lodged an application for 187 visa with me as a secondary applicant. If we are granted with the visa, is there any restriction for me (as a secondary applicant) to work in area outside of regional Australia?

    Thank you.

    Warm regards,
    Keith

    1. Hi Keith,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  28. Hi,

    I am Shashi, currently in India and I am working in IT industry for the past two years. I come from the background of Bachelors in Pharmacy. I am looking for job opportunities in Australia so if I want to apply for PR which clause would be better 186 or 187. Kindly will you help me with this information

    1. Hi Shashi,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  29. My parents and I have been granted a 457 visa by 25th dec 2016. My mother was the main applicant who truned 51 yeasr old this year. Would she be able to apply for PR? And if she won't be able to apply what will happen to me as a dependent? How can I proceed?

    1. Hi Saba,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  30. Hello,
    I have got the permanent residency in Dec 2016, from the 457, and sponsored by my employee. Now,I would like to leave my current job and find a better one, but I would like to have a break in between. Could I loose the PR if I don't find another job immediately after?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Me,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  31. Hi

    I am on a 457 and was with my sponsoring employer for 2 years before changing employer for 6 months and now back with the old sponsoring employer. During this time the code on my 457 was changed. How does this affect my PR application?

    1. Hi Rachel,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  32. Hi
    i have 457 visa and worked more than 2 years , i would like to convert to pr , actually i got ielts test 6 but 3.5 years ego , is it possible to try with old ielts test for convert my 457 to pr ?
    thanks

    1. Hi Brad,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  33. I have recently received a 457 visa and have been working for the employer for 6months but I have lived in Australia for over a year. Can I convert my 457 visa to permanent resident after living here for two years or do I have to wait until I have worked for my employer for two years?

    Thank you ,
    Hannah

    1. Hi Hannah,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  34. Im holding a 457 visa now. And im planning to apply visa 186 after a year more. Can i please ask for help that i wanna leave out the business when i had PR. is it possible? Or i need to stay here more years? Thank so much

    1. Hi Leo,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  35. I am working for this company for the last one year in Australia and with the same skill set for 5 years. I am 45 years old and am on visa 457 from the same company. Pls suggest how can I apply for PR personally/thru company

    1. Hi SvC,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  36. Hi there
    I have been working with my company for 5 years locally in Australia as well as internationally in the US. I have been on a 457 visa for only one year. And I am 10 months away from being able to apply for PR. Is there any way I can expediate this process and be granted PR much sooner?
    Thank you so much for your help.

    1. Hi Kali,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  37. Hi there, I'm 457 visa holder for last 3 years. I was asking my employer when can we start process for PR. They always pushing me back and telling me to be patient. Is there a time frame they have to apply for me? I know that visa is granted for 4 years but what happened after. Visa was granted on my name and my wife is under my visa, do you know how much is it gonna cost us to get PR?

    1. Hi Mark,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  38. Hi there, this coming July I'll be able to apply for a PR as I worked in Australia for 3 years (2 with a 457 visa). Will I be able to resign from my current 457 job the day I'll lodge my application or will I have to wait for the PR to be granted?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Giordano,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  39. Dear Sir/Madam

    I am Ishara from Sri Lanka. I just want to clarify some details.
    if I apply for student visa and my husband receives working visa in Australia. So, I just want to know whether my husband can apply for PR in Australia. And how long it take?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Ishara,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  40. Hi, I just received a 3 year fellowship to work at UQ as a level B researcher. I have lodged my 457 visa application and I am applying for another fellowship that requires PR status for the applicants. I did my masters dissertation at Uni of South Australia (16 months) and got my PhD from the University of Adelaide (3 years). After PhD I was employed at Uni Adelaide for 3 months as research assistant, then moved to University of California-San Diego (USA) for postdoc research (21 months). I want to apply for PR at the earliest possible to meet the criteria for the fellowship. Please help me with this.

    Cheers
    Tushar

    1. Hi Tushar,
      We have received your enquiry. πŸ™‚ One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  41. Everywhere I have contacted says a min of a level 6 for IELTS? I am hoping to help my relative who has been on a 457 visa for a while and was given advice he needs to be on this for 2yrs with the same employer?

    1. Hi Gemma,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  42. Hi

    I am a doctor who turned 50 few days back. I am planing to apply 457 visa for a remote area. I wonder whether I would be able to apply for PR after serving for 4 yrs/2yrs. Please explain me

  43. Hello,

    I am currently on a 457 visa, my employer has confirmed they will not be nominating me after two years. I have a 3 years Advance Diploma from Canada and 8 years work experience from Canada as well . What should I do next?

  44. Hi,
    I am on an employer sponsored 457. Next step is to stay with the same employer and submit an application for an employer sponsored 186. Is it correct that my current and future role (only change from 457 to 186) has to readvertised and I have to reapply?

    Thanks and regards

  45. Hi..

    Good day!

    We just lodged my 457 visa last Thursday but since i just got the result and pass the skills assessment which completed my requirements for the direct stream 186 visa, can i lodge 186 direct stream instead? What will happen to the 457 that we first lodge last Thursday?
    Thank you so much and hoping for your response.

    Kind regards,
    Lei

    1. Hi,

      Can a 457 dependent visa holder be eligible to apply for PR through ENS, assuming we've completed 2 years of full time employment while holding 457 dependent visa?

      Thank you for your help.

      Felix

  46. good day...
    right now we are currently employed with my wife in same conpany we are having 457 visa,,im a baker and my wife is a pastry chef in same company...we would like to ask can we apply now for a PR were only 18 months now but our contract is untill 2 years but we are advice our boss that our contract will just last for 2 years beacause they need to replace employees.hope you can help us about this,,when is the right time to apply the PR..

    1. Hi Arlyn,
      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  47. Hi team.
    I have been working on 457 visa for 18 months now . As I know I can apply for ens after 2 years but I think for some reasons my company won't be able to run for two years and they are going to shut down the shop in May 2017 but my two years complete in July 2017. Is there any way I can apply for pr earlier? Please let me know. Thanks

  48. hi its sandy
    1 am in 457 visa .i was around 27 month running but unfortunately at the last week of complete my 2 year my company suspend for 2 year for sponsorship visa because one of my coleuge was caught working outside.now i am in delimma whether i can apply through the same company to ens or not . my company apply for MRT for the decision of the immigration.whether i can apply ens through that company see the other option. what the chance to win. if company loose the case my pr also refuse . can u pls give the good advice what to do

    1. Hi sandy,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  49. Hi there!

    I have the case of a friend who is under a 457 and is soon to reach his 2 years contract done and can apply for his PR.
    Unfortunately while those 2 years, he was off work because of a back surgery over than 4 months.
    Will he get ask of doing another 4 month or will he not be eligible to apply for his PR as then his sponsorship will arrive to an end.
    Will it be too late to apply for his PR?
    Thank you for your support!
    Nelly

    1. Hi Nelly,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  50. Hi,

    I have visa 457 which which was sponsored by my employer 3 years befor but due to some reason i can not come to Australia for that project work.

    Now,i want to convert my that visa to PR.

    Please suggezt me if this is possible.

    I am currently working in India.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    Regards
    Prabhat
    Prabhat_mishra2000@yahoo.com

    1. Hi Prabhat,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  51. Hi,

    Am a software engineer and got an offer letter from australian company for work of 1 year. I have 60 points , should I go for 187 or PR 190 subclass. Please suggest me

    1. Hi Sohail,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  52. Hi Team,

    My spouse is working on 457 visa since June 2016 and as a dependent to him I also have 457 visa.Can I apply for jobs in Australia?And In case if get job there which requires me to stay more than my spouse stay ,how that can be managed?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Harshita,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  53. Hi Yuri,
    I got granted PR through RSMS 187 on 7th of March. My contract says 2 years after visa granted.
    I just want to confirm with you... Do I finish the 7th of March with them? Do I have to give them 2 weeks notice or not? Do they actually know when did I get my visa granted??? Because I started working with them when I applied for the visa on Dec the year before.
    I'm so happy that this nightmare is nearly finish... Really bad two years treated as a slave, bullied and verbally abused.
    I can't wait to leave my employer and the regional area.
    PS, I applied citizenship and passed the test already. But still waiting for approval and also ceremony.
    Thanks for your time
    Christine

    1. Hi Christine,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  54. hi my name is sajid i was working as a chef with my employer for 1year as a chef after that he sold the restaurant and i started working with new employer in same restaurant as a chef all this time i was on student visa so i was only working for 20hr a week during my student visa i have completed cert 3 and 4 in cookery and diploma of hospitality (2 years education) in melbourne and then my employer gave me 457 as a cook which is just approved on 6th of January 2017 so can you please tell me what are my chances to get PR or when i will be eligible for PR currently i have 50 score in pte thanks.

    1. Hi Sajid,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  55. Hi - My query is related to the IELTS score band; I'm currently working in Australia on a 457 visa; at the same time i'm in the process of applying for my PR through a consultant in my hometown of Dubai. I've been advised that i need an IELTS score of 7 in each of the segments (Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening). Is this the criteria, or is it acceptable to have varied scores (6.5, 6.5, 6.5, 7.5) which tallies to an Overall Score of 7? Look forward to your response. Thanks.

    1. Hi Alistair,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  56. Hi
    Happy new year
    I was under temporary work skilled/ subclass 457 visa
    Am i eligible to apply now
    For permanent resident
    Our work located in warren new south wales australia
    Please advice

  57. Hi,
    I work for a company for 1 yr now as an accountant. if i ask my boss to sponsor me from now,will that 1 yr be counted ? or not?
    thank you

  58. Hi, I worked with 457 visa for a company for 22 months and then came back to my home country for 7 months for some familial reasons. After 7 months I came back to Australia for exactly the same occupation and working for another company with 457 visa (exactly the same conditions). So since from the beginning, I worked for the same occupation more than 24 months (28 months) with two different sponsors, would I be able to get PR under these conditions? Thanks

    Regards,
    tom

    1. Hi Tom,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  59. Hi I'm working here in Australia for 3 years now, my company said that they cannot sponsor me unless I become the restaurant manager I'm working in a fast food chain. I have check the list of position that can apply for PR and my job position is not on that list. Can you please help me how can I apply for PR is there another way?

    1. Hi Severino,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  60. Hi

    I have a problem with employing My employee and need your advice what He can do to keep his visa. He has recently granted his RSMS but not started work yet.

    Our Pharmacy business is quiet now and we are not performing as good in sales and prescription due to movement of a doctor from the area too. I am even in a position to sell my business and looking for potential buyers.

    His visa condition is that he has to start work here with me in next 6 months time.

    Basically I can not employ Him any more given the fact that immigration took so long to grant visa in time when I needed him with the uncertainty that he will get the visa.

    I am told by other agent lawyers that it should not be a big issue provided Roshan still relocates to the Regional Area sponsored from and WORKS for ANY other company for 2 years. He is willing to do this. Can you please advice if this is ok for Him

    It's unfortante but I can't afford to employ another staff at this diffcult time however I do not want His visa to be affected.

    Can he relocate and work for any other company in the same regional area he is sponsored from until he get his citizenship.

    Will appreciate your advice

    Thanks

    1. Hi Shah,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  61. Hi,

    I was hired last june 2013 on a 457 visa, but after 14mos, i needed to go back home for medical purposes. i came back to Australia to work again on the same company last May 2016 up to now. My company told me that they are not keen on sponsoring us for pr. Thus my work experience here in Aus still cover up to the day i started?

  62. Hi there,

    I have a 457 visa i have been working with the same company for 2 and a half years but just 2 years under sponsorship. My visa was granted for 4 years, it's any way that I can apply before?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Ibeth,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  63. Hi,

    I'm Daniel Misturini. June 2017 I will turn 2 years in the 457.

    I heard that to apply to my PR, my employer needs to make an application. Is that true?

    How the process to apply for PR works?

    Your cooperation is highly appreciated.

    Kind regards
    Daniel

    1. Hi Daniel,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  64. Hi There,

    I am on 457 Visa from past 4 years on a specific code however, my job profile changed and from past 3 and half years and i am in a different profile. Is it mandatory to apply PR in the same job code as that of my 457?

  65. Hello there
    I am a 457 worker as a Meat worker in Charleville QLD.
    Please help me out:
    My situation:
    I was born in Feb. 1971.
    I have worked 22 months for the same employer since Jan 2015. During work process the Foreman bullied me alot and he reported to the Director I have poor Work performance and behaviour etc... Some times they made Warnings and forced me to sign on it. I talked to the Personnel Manager but she seems to be on the side of the Foreman.
    Now I heard that the Employer would not sponsor me for my PR Application after 3.5 years of work.
    What should I do??? Please help me before it is too late.
    Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Cat Vo,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  66. My wife has been with her current employer for 4 years. She got her 457 on Aug 2014, its been 14 months on 457. This article saying that we are able to apply for permanent residency immediately before the full two years is reached?

    Nomination approved on Customer Service Manager for travel agency. The company is happy to sponsor us for PR 187 or 186.

    Can you apply for PR now without finishing 2 years?

    1. Hi Mustafa Haider,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  67. Hey there,

    I am currently trying to apply for a 457 visa and then for my PR as soon as possible. I have skills and education in the list of needed skills to find sponsorship in Australia however I am working in a different occupation now. Is it possible to apply for PR with the required skills in the skilled occupation list even if you are no longer in that occupation?

    Thank you πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Daniel,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  68. A company wants to sponsor my husband as a trade professional. But the migration agent said he is not eligible as he is just over 50. He is fit and healthy and work harder than most younger blokes. I have never about the 50 age limit for sponsorship visa but I understand that the regulation keeps changing anyway.

  69. I have been with my current employer for many years. Less than two years ago (November 14) I moved to Australia on a 457 visa, working for the same company. Is this article saying that I am able to apply for permanent residency immediately (before the full two years is reached?

  70. Sandy
    I am in 457 visa . It's complete 2 year October 2016.unfortunately my company got investigating and it's sponsorship is suspend .Can it's be possible that if after 2 year can I apply through same company or if apply ens through New company 2 year work count or not.if I apply through same what the chance to grant visa. What the best option in this situation.

    1. Hi Sandy,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  71. Hi,

    I am looking to be sponsored on a 457 by business that has been running for less than 12 months. This mean I will likely only have an 18 month long visa.

    After my 18 months would I be able to extend this 457 with the same employer?

    Cheers,

    1. Hi Patrick,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  72. Hi, my name is Javier, I am on 457 Visa, I got the Visa last May 2015. I was working until December 2015 with my company in a civil project (I'm an engineer). I have moved to NZ for another project until March 2017. My understanding about 457 visas is the possibility to start applying to the PR through the Direct Entry stream, is that right?? I would not like to spend 1 or 1,5 years to apply for the PR via the Temporary Transitional stream. Could you please provide some feedback on that. Thanks

    1. Hi Javier,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  73. Hi, my name is Javier, I am on 457 Visa, I got the Visa last May 2015. I was working until December 2015 with my company in a civil project (I'm an engineer). I have moved to NZ for another project until March 2017. My understanding about 457 visas is th posibility to start applying to the PR through the Direct Entry stream, is that right?? I would not like to spent 1 or 1,5 years to apply for the PR via the Temporary Transitional stream. Could you please provide some feedback on that. Thanks

    1. Hi Javier,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  74. Hello!

    I have 457 and I am looking to go over to Permanent residency ( The Temporary Residence Transition stream) but I am confused about this 2 years rule.. I have been in holidays every now and then. Do I have to calculate my holidays off or this two years are calculated from a date I actually got my sponsorship aproved?

    Thank You!

    1. Hi Kristel,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  75. Hi,
    My name is Ela and I',m currently on 457 Visa and looking to apply for PR via 186 Visa Temporary Transitional stream. Can you please clarify, if in case where I was sponsored and employed for 2 years on the same position (architect), after I applied for PR (186) I don't have to work for any minimum amount of time for the company which nominated me for 186 visa?

    1. Hi Ela,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  76. Hi there,
    My name is Tejas nick. I am on 457 since jan 2015, its been 15 months. I was just wondering that am i eligible for 186 and 187 into direct entry stream.Please advice me.

  77. hello,
    I am planning to come to Australia with 457 employer sponsor VISA. Actually one of my friend will sponsor me only for purpose of VISA and i will not get a real job in his company. he will provide all the required documents. So, how fast i can change my 457 VISA to PR once i arrive to Australia? Secondly, if I bring my police report with me, will it valid while i am applying to the PR or do i need to take new one?

    1. Dear Nick,

      Unfortunately we cannot advise you on your situation because you are not a genuine 457 visa applicant.

      You cannot apply for a 457 visa if you do not actually have a job (but all the paperwork is provided to mislead the Department of Immigration). This is against the law and is considered fraud.

      We are a very strict agency and only assist genuine visa applicants, and genuine sponsors (both businesses and Australian individuals).

      We cannot assist you further.

      Regards, VisaOne

  78. hello there,
    I was offered to come to Australia with 457 employer sponsor VISA for 4 years. I'm worried what will happen after 4 years and my company won't sponsor me further. So, how fast i can apply my 457 VISA to PR? Can I apply once i arrive to Australia? What are the documents needed for PR application?
    Thanks in advance and hope to hear from you soon.

    Regards,

    Vince

    1. Hi Vincent!
      We have received your enquiries and details of the situation. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  79. Hello,

    My husband is the main applicant of visa 457 and we have been relocated to Melbourne since Jul. When can we start applying for PR?

    Thanks,
    Tammy

  80. Hello,
    I have been holding my working visa 457 for 2 years, However my current employer will not be able to nominate me for PR. Is there any option for me to apply PR 186 by myself or will i have to look for another sponsor?
    Thank you very much!

  81. Hi, my husband is the main applicant on the 457 visa and have been working for 5months, by when can we start applying for PR?

    Thank you.

  82. Hi i have 457 visa i did work 1.4 month at my 457 visa i have to go back to my country in emergency i inform my work place and went back after 2 years i came back in australia at my 457 visa now i have still valid 6 month visa. I went my workplace they informe me they sold out that compay could you plz help me what i have to doo plz thnkx

    1. Hi Ahmad,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  83. Hi there,
    I have been holding my workigg visa 457 for 2 years and 10 months. Unfortunately my current employer cant sponsor anyone at the moment. Is there any option for me to apply PR 186 by myself or I have to look for another sponsor?
    Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Phoebe,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  84. Please help me out on the followings,
    1. Is it advisable for me to apply for visa 457 as a Ph.D. holder from overseas
    2. If yes, what kind of job can I secure with Ph.D.
    3. I am planning to bring my family up later if the visa is granted. Is this possible?

    1. Hi Abiodun Daniel Olabode,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  85. Hi,
    I'm a dependent of visa subclass 574 and I have been working in a full time employment position for the last 2 years and 1 months.
    I'm intersting in getting the PR via Employee nomination scheme, under tempary transition method. (Employer is willing to sponsor me) However visa requirement says, I need to hold 457 visa in order to be eligible under this scheme.
    My question is, can I get any exemption on this, if I work for 2 years for same employer under different visa subclass which has unlimited working rights?

    I'm an accountant (CPA) and if I select independent skill migration route, I have to do skill assessment and high score on English test for the positive skill assessment. (Need ielts 7 for skill assesment as an accountant)

    Will you be able to get me any other option to get the PR bypassing the skill assessment?

    1. Hi Dilan,

      We have received and noted your details and questions. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

    1. Hi Azim,
      We have received your message. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  86. hello,
    I am planning to come to Australia with 457 employer sponsor VISA. Actually one of my friend will sponsor me only for purpose of VISA and i will not get a real job in his company. he will provide all the required documents. So, how fast i can change my 457 VISA to PR once i arrive to Australia? Secondly, if I bring my police report with me, will it valid while i am applying to the PR or do i need to take new one?

    1. Hi Sam,

      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  87. Hi,
    Does the "two year on 457 visa" rule apply only when working for ONE employer in a designated occupation? what if in the meantime I change my employer - does that 2 year rule reset itself?

    1. Hi Adam,

      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  88. Hi ,
    I m on 457 visa from Jan 2015 . I got only one year visa . Now I put file for extend visa from feb2016 . I submitted all documents & Medical . But still did not get visa. I started work with this company from nov 2014 .from which date time period strart ? From work start or from got visa date . When I will put my permanent residency ?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Deep,

      We have received your enquiry and one of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  89. Hello,

    I've been on a 457 visa since the past 3yrs and 4months.
    My employer is highly willing to sponsor me for the PR 186 Temporaru Resident Transition stream and we are starting to plan/apply soon.

    However, I have a very peculiar situation. Please allow me to explain.

    I worked from my employers office in Sydney for the first 1yr 9months from the time I got the 457.
    After that, due to the nature of work (offshore team in India) & family commitments in India, I've been working FULLTIME remotely from India for 2 months and then 1 month from employers office in Sydney. Ive been travelling back and forth like this for the last 1yr and 8months.
    I've flown in and out of the country 9 times in the last 3yrs 4months due to this work arrangement

    In all, out of the 39 months that I've had the 457, I've lived and worked
    - 23 months from Sydney
    - 16 months from India

    For all the 39 months, I've been a FULL TIME Employee on Payroll receiving my 457 Salary in my AU account. I've also maintained the mandatory Private Health insurances as required by the 457 visa. As such, to the best of our knowledge, neither my employer nor me have failed any obligations that the 457 visa imposes.

    My question is : Does my situation qualify me for the "Worked for 2 years for the sponsoring employer " clause for the 186 ENS or do you see any concerns that the DIAC might raise with my frequent trips in and out of the country ?

    Thanks heaps for reading and hope to hear from you soon!

    Thanks
    Kd

    1. Hi Kd,

      We have received your enquiry and information. I have forwarded them to our visa experts. πŸ™‚ They will get in touch with you via email soon.

  90. Senior secondary school passed 2008
    ITI= 2015 to 2016 one year diploma
    Ex= Nov2013 to 2016 now going on
    Sir I had applied THE SPONSOR VISA FILE of NEW ZEALAND in Oct,2015 and I had mentioned my details such as,my ITI(Diesel & Motor Mechanic)which was ongoing that time and my Motor-Mechanic Job of 2yrs.experience in it.but I am faced New Zealand refused. can I apply visa 457
    Pls send me mail...

    1. Hi Gurvinder,

      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you soon via email. πŸ™‚

  91. Message*Please, I need your help to explain this visa stuff to me. I'll be glad if I'm contacted by you.

    1. Hi Ayodele,

      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  92. Hi there,
    My name is Supreet kaur. I am on 457 since jan 2015, its been 15 months. I was just wondering that am i eligible for 186 and 187 into direct entry stream.Please advice me.

    1. Hi Supreet,

      We have received your enquiry. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email soon. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Raj,

      We have received your comment and one of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  93. Hi,
    I am currently holding a 457 visa for 2.6 months.
    My ques is am i eligible to apply for 186 / PR by myself only. Cz, my employer is trying to delaying the pr application. Pls help me yo know what option are available for me. Or if i find a new sponsor, do i still need to work newly full 2 years?? Pls ans me..
    Thanks

  94. Hi.
    I am on 457 visa from last two years now i want to apply for pr but My ielts has been expired. Now for pr application i have to sit again for ielts test? If yes then how much band i needed.
    Your kind reply will be appreciated.

    Thanks

    1. Hi Ejaz,

      We have received your enquiry and one of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  95. Hello VisaOne,

    This is a great article! Where can we find the evidence of this on the government website? It would be great to see that clarified by them.

    Thanks
    Wayne

  96. Hi
    Am Brenda and I've been working in a restaurant for 2 years, I am on a visa 457. I have spend nearly $6000 for that in 2013,and now when I asked my agent to go forward with my PR application he is asking me there is a two stage before the PR n first stage cost me$3500 something and now the second stage will be $5600. So am a bit confuse when other people is telling me have spend a lot of money and how come I had to go through all those stages. .... Cause my boss was ok to sponsor two years ago and even now he has forwarded all the papers the immigration agent been asking...
    Please can I get that clear from you.
    Thanks
    Brenda

    1. Hi Brenda,

      We have received your enquiry, and have sent it to one of our visa experts. We'll get in touch with you via email. πŸ™‚

  97. hi i just completed my 22 months in 457 visa and i have heard i can apply 186 after 18 months through trt system is that right?

    1. Hi Bijen,

      One of our visa experts will be in touch with you to answer your questions. πŸ™‚

  98. Hi I hold 457 visa, I have been working with the current company for 8 months now (being in Australia for 4 years) and my employer, after put on the contract that they would have applied for my PR, now it's saying that they might not comply.
    My questions are:
    - if they have sponsored me with 457 will they be able to do the PR through the ENS?
    - can I bypass the 2 years time with my positive Skill assessment outcome?

    Please help, I don't know what to do!
    Giusy

    1. Hi Giusy,

      We have received your enquiry and one of our visa experts will be in touch with you via email.

  99. hi
    I am on 457 visa from last 6 month working as IndiAn cook I hv five years experience as cook from india and I did four year bechlore degree in hotel management . Soo when I can Able or qualified for lodging my p.R applications.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Rajveer,
      One of our visa experts will respond to you via your email address. Keep a lookout on an email from us. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Manpreet,
      One of our visa experts will respond to you via your email address. Keep a lookout on an email from us. πŸ™‚

  100. Hi there my husbands application for a 457 visa is underway, the problem is that because he is turning 50 shortly, which means he won't be able to apply for a permanent residency but will be able to work there for four years only. Myself and kids are included as secondary applicants. The fact that i will be able to work in Australia will this allow me to apply for a permanent residency during our 4 years in Australia. I would really appreciate it if you will be able to shed some light on this matter as we would really like to become permanent once we are there.

    1. Hi Marilyn,
      Thank you for leaving a comment. One of our visa experts will be in touch with you soon via email. πŸ™‚

    1. Yes
      No , unfortunately I have not thought about that and would be very much appreciated if you could help me.I am here for 3 months on visa 457 sponsored nominated.
      Regards
      ali

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