The 457 Visa is an Australian visa that allows holders of that visa to work in their profession with company sponsorship for a period of up to four years.
How you may qualify for the 457 visa:
- If you have been in contact with a business in Australia and they have decided to sponsor you. This company also needs to be an approved business by the Australian Federal Government.
- If you are skilled and trained to work in the role that you have specified at the company that plans to sponsor you.
How can I lodge my 457 visa application?
You can lodge your application either from within or outside Australia.
For your application, your future employer must:
- Get approved as a sponsor
- Nominate you to work for them
However, you and your employer can both lodge your applications at the same time. If you currently have a visa that says you are not allowed to further your stay, you will not be granted the 457 Visa.
You need to have a passport that is valid in order to apply for a 457 visa. If your passport is due to expire, you will need to first renew your passport before you can complete an application for the 457 Visa.
Can I include my family in my 457 Visa application?
Your family is allowed to be included in your application if:
- They are your partner – either married or a de facto
- They are your dependent children, or your partner’s dependent children
- They are other relatives who are dependent on you
What do I need to do to get a granted application for my 457 Visa?
- You will need to be able to speak English, and you may need to sit a test to prove that your English is adequate
- You will need to pass a health examination
- You will need to prove you have adequate health insurance
- You will need to prove you are of good standing character, and this can include providing a police certificate for over the past 10 years
After your application has been lodged, you can expect to wait at least two months for it to be approved.
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