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How to transfer a 457 visa | Changing employers

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22 September, 2017

If you are currently on a 457 visa and you wish to change employer sponsors, you can do it. There is actually no need to re-apply for your 457 visa as long as there is still enough time left on the validity period of your current 457 visa. All you need to do is apply for a 457 transfer, which involves your new employer getting an approved 457 Sponsorship, and an approved 457 Nomination.

Now, the key factor is doing it in a timely manner to ensure that your 457 visa does not get cancelled, because there is either a 90 day period or 60 day period (depending on the date of your 457 visa grant) where you have an opportunity to find a new employer. Otherwise, if you go beyond this “grace” period, your 457 visa can be cancelled.

 

Here is how to transfer a 457 visa without risking cancellation:

 

Step 1: Employment Contract Compliance (notice period for termination of employment)

You need to comply with the notice period of your employment contract with your current 457 sponsor (example: 4 weeks notice). Once you and your employer are on the same page with the terms of your resignation, your employer will then notify Immigration that your employment with them has ended.

 

Step 2: 90 Days / 60 Days To Get A New Sponsor

Once you know the date of your final day of employment, you will have exactly 90 days or 60 days to find a new employer to sponsor and nominate you to continue working in Australia on a 457 visa. If your 457 visa was granted before the 19th of November 2016, you will have 90 days to transfer your 457 visa. If your 457 visa was granted on the 19th of November 2016 and onwards, you will have 60 days.

 

Step 3: Submit New Sponsorship

Your new employer is required to already have an existing (and valid) approved 457 Business Sponsorship or they will be required to lodge a new one to become an approved 457 Business Sponsor.

 

Step 4: Submit New Nomination

Once a 457 Business Sponsorship has been lodged, a new 457 Nomination must also be submitted which is an application to have the vacant position approved to be filled by a 457 visa holder. Both the sponsorship and nomination must be submitted within the 90 / 60 day period. Make sure you mark your calendars and plan your transfer carefully to avoid going over the 90 / 60 day period.

 

Once both the Sponsorship and Nomination have been approved, your 457 visa will continue under your new employer’s business, and they will take over the 457 obligations for your time in Australia.

Please note that failure to look for a new employer within 90 / 60 days can result in a possible cancellation of your 457 visa. If you are outside of this period already, then you will definitely need to seek some professional advice to help with your situation.

 

If you require professional assistance with a new 457 Sponsorship and/or a new 457 Nomination, to transfer a 457 visa, please email us at solutions@visaone.com.au or for any urgent matters, please call us on 1300 61 99 77.

*Legal Disclaimer: Please note that this article is for general information only. Always seek professional legal advice in regards to your situation as every situation is different. Immigration legislation changes regularly and thus always, get up-to-date advice on your situation. Lodging a visa application is a judicial process and is based on the quality of legal advice and legal representation you receive. It is illegal for any Migration Agent or Lawyer to guarantee 100% of a positive result as it is a judicial process.

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156 comments on “How to transfer a 457 visa | Changing employers”

  1. Hi,
    I’m on 457 4 years visa, I’ve been working for the last 3 years for the same employer, but now I want to change my employer, I find a new one so we are ready to apply for the same 457 visa new employer.
    My question is how long I have to wait to apply for PR afterwards? I still have to wait 4 year with the new employer? Or can apply as soon as my 457 visa expired?
    Thanks

  2. hi i am on 457visa from Dec 2018. business has lost from last two years. and I want to apply 186 DE . can I do ?

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

  3. Hi there,

    Just wondering about switching employers while on the 457 visa. My 457 visa has been approved (Dec2018) but is there any costs involved when transferring companies? (to the 457 visa holder and new employer).

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

  4. Hi There - I have a question. I am on 457 visa and my company will have to refile my nomination as we just went through a sale. My question is that while we are in that process, can I travel in and out of australia?

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

  5. My 2-year 457 visa was approved in April 2018. I have been working for the same employer for 1 year and looking to switch job. Does this affect my chance of transferring/applying PR afterwards?

    Many thanks,
    D

  6. Hi Visaone,
    I am on 457 and its currently being transfered to a new sponsor(Its already been lodged)
    Will I be able to travel outside Australia if this is the case?

    Thanks,
    ANGELO

  7. Hi there!

    I’m on a 457 visa until 2021. I just recently lodged my PR visa 190 and said that I have a bridging visa A but not active until after my 457 visa expires or until I get my PR grant. Is it okay to find another job now since i’ve already a back up of bridging visa. Thanks!

    Lauren

  8. Hi VISAONE

    I'm Joseph

    I am a 457 visa holder and currently working on my sponsor, I want to apply to other company because I am not happy working on my current emoyer because most of the time my supervisor always cranky,

    What the step I will do?

    Thank you

  9. Hi,i'm 457 4 years visa,only work 3 minths for the employer,so now i want to change my employer,i fine new employer,new employer need published two advertising in 28 days? Whith in 3 months?

  10. Hi there,

    I had my 457 Visa granted at end of May 2017 (for 2 years). My occupation falls under the "Medium" longlist. My current employment (which has sponsored me) contracts ends in Feb 2019 where I currently have agreed to a new job at another state from then (which is supposed to last 1 year). What options do I have for visa extension and/or PR?

    Thanks

  11. Hi, i am on a 457 sponsored visa. My year contract will end in February 2019 and i am applying for a new job. Can the sponsor be transferred? What are the costs involved with that and how long usually does it take?

  12. Hi I am changing employers as my current employer was not paying market rate.I have given my notice while I wit for nomination to be aproved . Is there anyway that my nomination would not be accepted? My job is on the skills list etc i have signed all papr work with new employer just waiting on the nomination does anyone know how long this will take? Thanks in advance

  13. Hi,

    I'm on a 457 visa and looking into changing jobs. I'd like to know if there are any costs for either myself or the new company that would be willing to take over the 457.

    Does it cost them anything to submit a new nomination? Or when they're not yet eligible to sponsor would they have to pay for lodging as an approved 457 business sponsor?

    thank you

  14. Hello,

    I am still waiting fro my 457 visa to come through, however am unhappy in my current position. My application was put in under Recruitment Consultant - my question is - once granted, is it possible to have my visa taken over in a different capacity or does it have to be exactly the same role in order to transfer? For context, I am look at Marketing Specialist opportunities. Also, I understand the rules have changed for my specific visa so I am wondering how this effects visa transfers?

    Thanks!

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

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

          1. Hi Naomi,
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  15. Hi,

    My name is Ryan and I am currently holding a 457 visa up to 2022. I just arrived here in Australia last 24th of May this year. I want to enquire regarding changing employer? for the past 4 months I'm working I am not feeling that this is not the Company I want to work, and I have other some issue in the Management style and my other co-worker, everyday that I feel exhausted and every morning of feeling that you do not want to go work. Can I change an employer and find a job somewhere that I will enjoy the workplace and people, my biggest obstacle is I have a debt in my country of origin that I need to settle for a year. What is the possible things to do since I want to change my current situation. I hope you could advice me for what is the best possible things to do because I want to work and stay here in Australia, by the way I am a CNC operator.

    Thank you!

  16. Hi Team,
    I received a 457 visa(2yrs) on September26th,2018 working in a MNC,but there are currently no positions currently available for onshore.Should I have to be in Australia at the time of transfer?Or can I do it from India?
    If it can be done before traveling to Australia itself,then what's the procedure..
    And the notice period of my current organization is 90 days.

  17. Hi there,
    My 457 was granted on April 2015, my current employer did not want to help me with the application of the PR after two years.
    I have the possibility to get a new employer now who is willing to sponsor me. So how long do I need to work with him before applying for PR if they are willing to help me out with it?

    Thanks

  18. I'm on a 457 sponsored visa granted on November 23 2017. Due to differences I resigned from this employment on August, 11 2018. I am currently seeking a new sponsor. What are my options/time frame.

  19. Hi Team,
    I received a 457 visa(2yrs) on July26th,2018 working in a MNC,but there are currently no positions currently available for onshore.Should I have to be in Australia at the time of transfer?Or can I do it from India?

    And the notice period of my current organization is 90 days,so,within 60 days the transfer process should be completed?

  20. Hi,

    I'm transferring my 457 visa to other employer. I already got my nomination approval from the new employer. However, I'm confuse with some details. It's says in the nomination approval that I can lodge for a visa and another thing upon checking my immi account my Visa is still under my previous employer. May I know what I need to do next. Thank you!

  21. Hi there
    I have a question about my Visa too
    Currently I'm under 457 visa. My visa granted March this year. I v been working for the current company for about 1 year. And now .I try to search new employer who can transfer 457 Visa.
    Then if I transfer Visa, should I work for 3years again ? Before apply permanent Visa. Or I can include 1year experience from past

    Please let me know

    Thank

  22. Hi team,
    If choose to change employer on a 457 visa, does it starts counting again the 3 years to apply for PR?
    Thanks

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

  23. Hi, I have a question regarding to 457 visa transfer. The company sent my 457 visa process application earlier this year but now I'm considering changing my employer. My application is still in progress and not yet entirely approved, while we only got approval for 457 nomination.

    Is that possible that I can change my employer? What are the things should I take care of? Thank you.

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

    2. Hi Edward and Visa One team, I am in the exact same situation described above. Could you please help me with the directions for this process of changing employers while we just have the nomination approved?
      Thank you.

  24. hi my name is Darren
    i am currently employed as a cabinet maker my employer has been refused nomination now for PR what should i do I have 2years left on my visa can I change job

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

  25. Hi,
    I submitted my 457 visa in Feb 2018 and I am still on a bridging visa. I have a few questions:
    Can i change employers while on a bridging visa?
    If my current employer makes me redundant do i still have 60 days to leave the country?

    I was employed to work on the a project, with the agreement that i would move onto another project after thus covering my two years on a 457. My employer might make me redundant at the end of my current project, if this happens i believe this shows that my employer never had the intention to employ me for the two years.
    What are my options?

    Regards,

    Chris

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

  26. Hi, I am on 45 visa since 21 July 2015 and the visa is going to expire on 1 Aug 2018.
    I have an employer who wants to offer a job and sponsor 482 visa ( to be applied on 31 July 2018).
    I want to know if 482 application is submitted and I am granted a bridging visa till visa grant then what would be my work rights in the country.

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

  27. Hi my name is emil

    Im on my viza 457 since February 2018 as kitchen cabinet installer
    But unfortunately my company is closing all operations. I found a new work as a cabinetmaker installer .what is tge process for changing the sponsor and the costs.
    Thanks emil

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

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

  28. Hi I am 457 visa holder from may 2016 as a cook my visa expires may 2020. My employer transfer his business to another employer. I already apply my nomination in month of feb 2018 still waiting. I am thinking if I relaunch my nomination file 482 tss visa. After approved this can I apply 186 visa straight away ??? Because my 457 visa is till 2020. Please reply thanks

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

  29. Hi, I got my 457 visa 09 Feb 2016 as a cook. Indeed, I have been working same workplace as a part time from 2012 and now working full time since I got my 457 visa. I still have 7 months to apply 186 visa but unfortunately, my owner is going to shut down his business. So, Could you help me what I need to do in this condition, please? Thank you.

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

    2. Hi Aakash,

      Thanks for your enquiry.
      Did you know you could have already applied for your PR in Feb this year?
      You only have to work in the same place on a 457 visa for 2 years. Even with the new laws.
      When is your owner selling the business?
      Is the new owner ok to keep you and sponsor you for PR?

      Please do send us an email in solutions@visaone.com.au 🙂

  30. Hi, I am on a 457 visa for 1 year and intending to apply for PR. However, prior to working in Australia, I am working for the "same company" (a large MNC) for 1 year as well. Would I be able to add include the previous experience under the "same employer" to fulfill the 457 transition stream into PR status?
    Thanks.

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

  31. Hi ,
    I am Karthik, I received a 457 visa from company A on June 2017. Due to Personal reason, I left the company jan 2018. Right now , I have got into another company.Is it too late to transfer my visa to my current company?

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

  32. Hi I’m on a bridging 457 visa since the 3rd of February. My employer has become unreasonable and have found someone to take my visa over. Is it possible to transfer it over before my visa is fully approved?

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

  33. Helo I came here in 457 visa on April 2018 I want to know when can I apply for PR as soon as possible

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

  34. I have a 457 granted in feb 2016... if I am changing employer what nomination do I need and what visa number do I need to apply for if I just want to transfer my current visa?

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

  35. I am waiting the outcome of my 457 visa application (applied in September 2017) and wish to change employers. What are my options?

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

  36. Hi,
    I have applied for 457 visa end of February 2018 & I haven't received the visa yet & I'm currently on bridging visa. My question is if I want to change the employer meantime, how can I do that?

    Thanks

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

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

    1. Hi Flo,
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  37. Hi
    I have applied for a 482 visa which it is not granted yet and my boss fired me. What i have to do now?

  38. Hi

    My 457 visa was granted on Oct in 2014. but the store where I work currently has beens sold in Jan 2017 to frenchise store but It's still same brand and just different ANB. However, I have not transferred yet to new employer so I am still with HQ on the paper. Unfortunately, new employer won't be able to sponsor me by such as ATO, superannuation. Additionally, they said preparing the documents will take at least 8 month form now. I know not much about the process whethear It takes so long OR they just don't want to sponsor me. Anyway, It is very complicated. My visa is expire on 19 Oct 2019. Everything is ready to apply PR.
    Also, My occupation is Cook on the paper.

    Thus, is there any possible a WAY to apply PR with this company ?

    PLEASE inform me. I am so frustrated and desperate. Please give me an advice. PLEASE.

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

  39. hi
    I am current on processing for 457 visa( visa has not been granted yet). But my employer wants to terminate sponsorship. What are my chances? Should i find another employer or should i wait for decision from DOIB
    Thank you

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

  40. Hi,

    I am currently on a 457 visa which was granted in February 2018. If my company closes down, can I transfer my 457visa to other company?
    But, now the 457 visa doesn’t exist....

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

  41. Hi,

    I am currently on a 457 visa which was granted in April 2017. If i want to transfer to a new employer, how would this be possible now that the 457 visa doesn’t exist?

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

  42. Hi, if I am on an existing 457 visa and I would like to change employers, what is the process due to the 457 visa being abolished?

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

  43. I have applied for a 457 visa (before March 2018) and I am still waiting for the approval. What happen if I change sponsor bedore my visa is granted? Thank you.

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

  44. Hi,

    I am currently on a 457 visa which was granted in May 2017. If i want to transfer to a new employer, how would this be possible now that the 457 visa doesn't exist?

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

  45. Hi,
    I am 457 its valid till Nov 2019 , if i want to transfer to new employer can i do that new employer is willing to sponcer but since due to new rules 457 visa is no longer given does new nominatin occur?

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

  46. Hi
    I am looking for new nomination, my visa granted in july 2017 for 18 momths now i want to transfer my visa to new employer just want to confirm that is that poosible or i have to apply new visa under new subcalss?
    Thanks

  47. I have granted 457 (cook) visa in may 2016 for 4 years After 1 and half year business transfer to new employer. I already apply my nomination in month of November still waiting. How long time it will take for nomination. I am working in the same business. Thanks

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

  48. Hi! Visaone!
    This is Ben. I am a 457 visa holder since I received 6th of 9, 2016. Currently my formal company closed down.
    I am just wondering that have recently found new emplyer they want to hire me. If I want to transfer new employer do I need to be proven any information about me? such as IELTS. My IELTS already expired(more then 3 years). Furthermore, how long does it take to transfer processing time.

    Best regards,
    Ben

  49. Hi there,

    I am looking to change companies and have been on a 457 since October 2015. Thus, my current visa expires October 2019.

    I am wondering if I find another company to sponsor me and change my occupation, if this will be possible given the new requirements or am I still under the old process?

    Thank you

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

  50. Hello!
    I am currently in the process of transferring my 457 visa to my new employer.
    I will have a free period of 2 weeks in between the two jobs and I would like to travel overseas during that time. Is this something that can cause issues with the visa transfer and should I make anyone aware of my intention of travelling or get some kind of permit?
    Thanks for your help.

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

  51. HI VisaOne,

    I am Hareesh working for Tech Mahindra India, my company raised a work permit on me for 4 years last month and I didn't travel yet. Is it possible to transfer the work permit to other employer(company) in India and travel to Australia. If this possible can you tell me how to get it done.

    Thanks in Advance.

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

    1. Hi Irena,
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  52. Hi,

    I have a 457 visa, granted december 2016. I am looking to move to a new company. Would my visa/PR rights still be protected by the conditions prior to changes made in April 2017/April 2018. What is the cost to the new employer of transferring a visa?

    Thanks,

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

  53. I am received an offer for a new job which is subject to the approval of my 457 transfer. I am therefore hesitant to resign and provide my notice to my current employer until I have confirmation that the approval will process without issue. Is the new employer able to submit a visa transfer request before I resign?

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

  54. I am received an offer for a new job which is subject to the approval of my 457 transfer. I am therefore hesitant to resign and provide my notice to my current employer until I have confirmation that the approval will process without issue. However, based on the above, it looks like my current employer would need to notify Immigration before my new employer can nominate me?

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

  55. Hi,

    I am currently holding a 457 visa valid till 2019, can i change employer/ transfer 457 visa after March 2018? can new employer sponsor me for PR on ENS

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

  56. Hi,

    I have a 457 visa, recently arrived in Australia through my employer. My husband has a PR visa and wondering what are my options going forward. Can I stay on the same 457 visa or do I need to convert immediately.

    Thanks in advance,
    Shravani

  57. Hi,

    I am on 457 with job code 261314 and have found a new job and employer. My new employer has initiated transfer of my 457 visa on 16th feb with job code 261312 and all papers on priority. Can you please let me know with the new changes to 457 will I get the visa transferred. If yes, can you please let me know time frame for transfer.

    1. Hi Prakash,

      I am in similar situation, could you please let me know the time frame for visa transfer, if you have info.
      Thank you.

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

  58. Hi,
    I have 457 visa but transferring to another employer. My new employer apply for nomination for sponsorship in time. My question is I can work in the meantime that I wait for the reply of the approval of the transfer?
    Thanks in advance.

  59. Hi I got 457 (cook) in June 2016 for 4 Year’s. After 1 and half year my employer transfer his business to new employer. I already apply my nomination. My question is how long it takes time for nomination approval and after approved my nomination can I apply for PR(ENS). Plz reply. Thanks

  60. Hi,
    I am an employer who is looking to employ. The chosen applicant is on a 457 with a different sponsor. Would he have to notify his current employer of his intention to change sponsor?
    Also, I am already an approved sponsor, once I nominate the new employee what is the approximate time period for transfer to be granted - and would he be eligible for a bridging visa.
    I ask this as it looks as if his current sponsor's business looks like it may fold and his primary concern is that he would be asked to leave the country with his young family. Thanks for your help.

  61. Hi,
    I am currently holding a 457 visa ,Just in case ill decide to transfer to a new employer after March 2018,Do i be affected with the new rules ?Or i will stay as is ?I got my 457 visa last october 2016

  62. Hi my name is Zelal I have 457 visa but transferring to another employer. My new employer apply for nomination for sponsorship in time. MY QUESTION IS that if my new employer withdraw the application does my 457 visa cancel or do I have another 60 days to find a new employer

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