FAQ Subclass 457 visa holders affected by the economic downturn

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Australia's temporary skilled migration program aims to fill skill shortages within the Australian economy that cannot be filled from the local labour market. Due to the current economic climate, the number of skilled positions within the Australian labour market is decreasing.

I have a Subclass 457 visa and I have lost my job. What happens now? What are my options?

Your Subclass 457 visa has been granted to you on the basis of your being sponsored by your former employer. If you have lost your job, your Subclass 457 visa may be liable to be cancelled under paragraph 116(1)(b) of the Migration Act 1958 for breach of condition 8107. Condition 8107 relevantly provides that the holder must not cease to be employed by the employer in relation to which the visa was granted. If you have lost your job, there are 3 options available to you:

• Find another employer who is willing to sponsor you and apply for another Subclass 457 visa to work for that new employer.

• Apply for another type of substantive visa that you may be eligible for. For example, if you want to study, a student visa, or if you want to have a holiday before returning home, a visitor visa.

• Leave Australia.

If your circumstances prevent you from taking one of these options within 28 days of your ceasing employment, you should contact the department by telephone on 131 881 or go to your nearest departmental office as soon as possible and an officer will discuss the situation with you.

Is there any chance of extending my stay beyond 28 days after ceasing employment? (kids are in school, have exams in April, was laid off in February).

You should, within 28 days of your employer terminating your employment, do one of the following:

• find another employer who is willing to sponsor you and apply for another Subclass 457 visa;

• apply for another type of substantive visa; or

• leave Australia.

If your circumstances prevent you from taking one of these options within 28 days of your ceasing employment, you should contact the department by telephone on 131 881 or go to your nearest departmental office as soon as possible and an officer will discuss the situation with you.

How long do I have to depart Australia?

If you choose to depart Australia you should do so within 28 days of ceasing employment.

If your circumstances prevent you from departing Australia within 28 days of ceasing employment, you should contact the department by telephone on 131 881 or go to your nearest departmental office as soon as possible and an officer will discuss the situation with you.

I heard my employer has to pay for my ticket back to my country. Is that true? How about my spouse and children?

Your employer is responsible for ensuring that the cost of return travel to your home country for you (and accompanying family member/s) is met.  The question of who ultimately bears responsibility for this cost would depend on the contractual arrangements between you and your employer.

If this matter is not specified in your employment contract and your employer has not agreed to pay your travel costs from Australia, you should contact the department on 131 881 and ask to speak with the Business Monitoring Unit.

What about paying for my possessions to be moved?

This would depend on the contractual arrangements between you and your employer. The migration legislation does not require that employers pay for the shipping of personal possessions.

Information on the employer’s obligations under the Subclass 457 visa program can be found on the departmental website.

See: Employer Obligations

My employer said he will cancel my visa 28 days after I leave the job and I have to leave the country. Is that true?

No, your employer cannot ‘cancel’ your visa. If you cease to work for the employer who sponsored you they must inform the department of this. When you cease employment with your sponsor, you have the three options specified above.

Generally, the department will issue a Notice of Intention to Consider Cancellation (NOICC) regarding your Subclass 457 visa towards the end of the 28-day period unless you have already applied for a new visa. You will then have 5 working days after you are notified of the proposed cancellation to respond to the NOICC.  After you respond to the NOICC (or tell the Minister/delegate that you do not wish to respond or the time for responding to the NOICC passes), a case officer will then make a decision whether or not to cancel your visa, taking into consideration the information provided in your response.

I heard my employer has to pay me for 28 days after I leave the job. Is that true?

There is no requirement in the migration legislation for an employer to pay a worker for 28 days after termination of the worker’s employment.

Federal workplace law sets out specific rules and protections relating to the termination of an employment relationship. These rules relate to the entitlements a worker may be owed at the conclusion of their employment, whether the termination of the employment was unfair or unlawful, and for the enforcement of entitlements due under an industrial instrument in the case of redundancy.

Whether an employer is complying with the Minimum Salary Level (MSL) requirements can be a complex matter, particularly when assessing this around termination of employment. It is important to note, however, that both termination payments and annual leave payouts count towards the MSL assessment.

My Subclass 457 visa does not expire for another 2 years. Why do I have to leave the country if I lose my job?

Your Subclass 457 visa has been granted to you on the basis of your being sponsored by your former employer and your Subclass 457 visa is subject to condition 8107. Condition 8107 in effect provides that the visa holder must not:

• cease to be employed by the employer who sponsored you for the subclass 457 visa (that is, become unemployed or change employer); or

• work in a position or occupation inconsistent with the position or occupation in relation to which the visa was granted; or

• engage in work for another person, or for themselves, while working for the sponsor.

Therefore, if you lose your job, your Subclass 457 visa may be cancelled for breach of condition 8107. This does not however stop you looking for a new employer to sponsor you.

Does my employer need to give me 28 days notice before ceasing my employment? How much notice must he give me?

The employer needs to comply with all relevant laws relating to workplace relations and any relevant workplace agreements that are in place for your workplace. For information on employment conditions you should contact the workplace information line by telephone on 1300 363 264 or visit the Workplace Authority website.

See: www.workplaceauthority.gov.au/

I tried but cannot get a new job so I understand that I have to leave Australia. How do I get my superannuation payments paid to me?

Information on your eligibility and procedures for lodging a claim for superannuation benefits is available from the departmental and Australian Taxation Office website.

See:

Accessing Superannuation Benefits

www.ato.gov.au/super/

If you wish to discuss your superannuation, you can contact the ATO by telephone on 1328 61.

How do I lodge a tax return?

For information on lodging an Australian tax return, you should contact the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) by telephone on 13 28 61 or refer to the ATO website.

See: www.ato.gov.au/individuals

My spouse is also here on my visa as a dependant. Can they work after I lose my job?

Your spouse can work while he/she is the holder of the subclass 457 visa.

Please note that if you lose your job and your subclass 457 visa is cancelled for breach of condition 8107, and your spouse holds a subclass 457 visa on the basis of being a member of your family unit, your spouse’s subclass 457 visa will be automatically cancelled.

If your spouse’s subclass 457 visa is cancelled, he/she could apply for another type of visa. If your spouse is granted a visa, whether he/she can work will depend on the conditions attached to that visa.

My spouse has qualifications. Can they look for a sponsor and get a Subclass 457 visa?

Yes. They must however meet the requirements for making a valid application for a subclass 457 visa, and meet the criteria for the grant of that visa.

If I don't find another job can I stay here under a different visa, such as a working holiday visa or a tourist visa?

This will depend on the type of visa you apply for, and whether you are able to make a valid application for that visa. You may need to be outside Australia to make a valid application for certain types of visas.  You will also need to meet all of the criteria for the grant of the visa.

I only arrived on my subclass 457 visa two months ago and now I have lost my job because my boss says the economy is not good. I left my home and family to come here. What can Immigration do for me about losing my job so quickly?

The Subclass 457 visa program is a demand-driven program targeted to meet the specific needs of the Australian workforce for skilled workers. While demand for skilled overseas workers has been high in the past, due to the current economic climate, the number of vacant skilled positions within the Australian labour market will decrease. This will impact on the ability of overseas workers to secure a sponsor or retain their current Australian employment.

Federal workplace law sets out specific rules and protections relating to the termination of an employment relationship.

These rules relate to the entitlements a worker may be owed at the conclusion of their employment, whether the termination of the employment was unfair or unlawful, and for the enforcement of entitlements due under an industrial instrument in the case of redundancy.

If you believe the termination of your employment was unlawful you should contact the Workplace Ombudsman Help line by telephone 1300 724 200. Further information can be found on the Workplace Ombudsman website.

See: Workplace rights & rules

What if my employer buys my airfare and I get a student visa before I depart, what do I do about the ticket?

This is a matter between you and the employer.

I know that I cannot claim my superannuation until my visa is cancelled. I am leaving next week, can you cancel my visa now so I can claim my super?

Information on your eligibility and procedures for lodging a claim for superannuation benefits is available from the departmental and Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.

See:

Accessing Superannuation Benefits

www.ato.gov.au/super/

You can only submit your application after you have left Australia and your visa has ceased or been cancelled. If you wish to discuss your superannuation, you can contact the ATO by telephone on 13 28 61.

I don't think my employer has paid me all the money he owes me. What can I do?

If you believe you have been underpaid salary or have outstanding entitlements you should contact the department on 131 881 and ask to speak with the Business Monitoring Unit.

You can also contact the Workplace Ombudsman Help line on 1300 724 200. Further information can be found on the Workplace Ombudsman website.

See: Workplace rights & rules

What happens if I don't leave Australia?

Generally, the department will issue a Notice of Intention to Consider Cancellation (NOICC) regarding your Subclass 457 visa towards the end of the 28-day period unless you have already applied for a new visa. The NOICC will allow 5 working days for you to provide a response. Following receipt of the response, a case officer will then make a decision whether or not to cancel your visa, taking into consideration the information provided in your response. If your Subclass 457 visa is cancelled you will become an unlawful non-citizen and may be detained and removed from Australia.


Comment on this post

Nick Bennett
December 02, 2014 20:20:10

Hi, I'm currently on a 457 visa and have been for amlomst 2 years. I want to leave the country for a substantial amount of time. Is it possible to come back and get another 457 visa?

Danilo Carvalho
September 10, 2014 07:56:02

I have been on a 457 working Visa for three years long and recently I got married. My wife’s Visa is going to expire soon, so we wish that she could be associated to my Visa under my responsibility. Is it that possible? If yes, How could we do it? Best regards.

Amit
July 30, 2014 08:11:50

My employer has changed his company name. But ABN is same . Is this effect anything on my 457 visa

Nicolas
March 12, 2014 23:33:32

I had a 457 visa cancellation few years ago I used to work at cardno, I was sick at the time they decide to cancell my visa, then I had to come back to my country and I din not know that I could revoke that, now its been a while , do you think that i can do something a bout it?

Arun
March 11, 2014 23:24:35

Holding 457 visa, is it possible to do part time study?? Without IELTS ??

desi
February 03, 2014 00:01:43

my employer change his ABN SO now he sponcer me again and i work for him 16 months on 457 visa that not count for my permanent Recedence AND i have star again please give some information about my mater thanks

islamabad guy
December 15, 2013 14:17:23

I am coming to australia on work visa 457, which is issued to me on 1st Nov 2013. When i applied for the visa i was single, but now i am getting married, and want to include my spouse on 457 visa, how long that will take, and which documents i will need to send to my employer for that, OR is it possible if my spouse apply for visit visa for australia, and she can leave with me, but once she attain the visa under my name, she can use that?

ravi
November 12, 2013 05:05:51

Hi there, I am on 457 visa, Want apply my wife visa for same.need to write a letter for employer obligation 7 get signed from my boss. any help what to write? Thanks

sachin
October 24, 2013 02:48:15

hi, I was on 457 visa for two years and now im made redundant from work.My employer has notified the immigration of my status and also i did to the immigration.I have already applied for partner visa and i have received a letter from the immigration. It has nil work conditions.Can work for someone else now even i have two years left on my current visa

Carlos
October 14, 2013 14:44:41

I decided to return to my country on a personal reason without any complain with my employer, what do i do to process my visa cancelation so that i can plan my depart and other financial claims like supper annuation and tax refund?

Brian Muller
October 09, 2013 18:45:06

I need a hydraulic fitter/ technician. Anybody interested please email me at brian@hydraulicsolution.com

James
September 13, 2013 11:16:21

Hello, I am currently on a 457 Visa and it ends in July 2014. I met my partner 3 months after I moved to Australia which would have been October 2010 and we started living together in June 2011. In July of 2013 we flew to New York and were married in the United States. Recently, I checked into permanent residency but the filing fee is outrageous and there's no way we can afford the several thousand dollars that costs, especially since I am the only one working right now. I see that the citizenship application fee is much more affordable so that appears the best course of action for us so that we can stay together. I understand that I can't apply for citizenship until I have lived here 4 years. The terms of the 457 Visa as I understand it means that I have to leave within 28 days of the visa's conclusion. So my questions are: 1. What do I do about gaining citizenship and still being able to work and earn a living if the citizenship application takes several months to process? Obviously 28 days won't be enough time. 2. What will my family do if I have to leave? In a nutshell, the 457 Visa has a 4 year duration with a 28 day period to leave the country. If I can't even apply for citizenship until I've lived here 4 years, that doesn't leave much time to get the process started. Thanks very much, James

Prabh
August 15, 2013 21:46:34

Hi I have 457 visa and my employer is selling the restraunt.Can I apply for student visa again and what are the chances to get the student visa Thsnxxxx

Mandy
July 10, 2013 05:39:26

Hi,could you please help me . I have already applied for 457 visa on 4/6/13 . Got my nomination already . My previous visa has already finished on 5/7/13 . Now wen I check my visa status through TRN , it says no current visa . Wat shud I do , dey have not activated my bridging visa A ,Please help me . I shall be very thankful .

Tina
June 28, 2013 08:48:01

Hi, what happens when you are on 457 visa and because you are made redundant you apply for 190 visa and it takes long and your 457 is cancalled before your 190 visa is out??

Ashley
June 06, 2013 19:35:18

Hello, My husband is a General motor mechanic. we are having 457 visa from august 2011.and now we want to apply for PR. But the problem is that our boss can not continue with us due to his financial conditions. so we have the option of 187 and 189 visa for PR and these visa's need 6 score in each module in Ielts exam. my husband gave Ielts two times but he could not get the required score. so plz tell me what other options we have, how can we get PR. My husband has done certificate three in automotive and he is having 2 yrs full time paid experience. thanking you, Ashley

Andrew Munn
January 16, 2013 08:49:12

I worked for 22 months in Australia on a 457 visa. I had this cancelled to get my super. I now hear that I could probably get my old job back. What are my options?

srikant
January 10, 2013 01:02:17

Hi I have been issued with a 457 visa on 3rd aug 2012. Is it true that that visa will be expired if am not travelling with-in 6 months of the issuance of the visa?

Judy burns
October 15, 2012 21:19:48

My husband is here on a 457 visa. He was told it was for four yrs work. We have been here nine months and the company has closed the factory he was working at the are a big company and have other sites are they responsible to find him a position some where else in their company. We have left to come here on the understanding he would have four yrs work we wouldn't have come for nine months work

steve
September 25, 2012 02:52:01

i currehold a 457 visa but am not enjoying the job. if i cancell my 457 can i still use my second year 417 working holiday visa

mialainey28
September 08, 2012 09:01:06

The company im working for on a 457 sponser has recently just folded and changed ABN number and company name. can i apply for new 457 visa under new company

Raju
August 25, 2012 03:06:37

Similar to one query above. I have a 457 visa based on my full time job. I just want to know, If I can work my part time job on weekends while I am doing my full time job

Jessica Simpson
August 20, 2012 06:11:09

How do I know if my current employer has called and ceased my employment after I've been terminated from the company?

Bipin
August 12, 2012 16:43:08

I am currently under 457 visa along with my wife. We are expecting our first baby after 6 months. Would the child be Australian citizen by birth? Do I need to do anything or inform anybody about it?

prasanna
July 31, 2012 20:02:31

I cam here on 457 visa, I am not doing anything during the weekends, instead of sitting at home for doing nothing, there is a probability that, I may asked to go on forced leave. would like to do some part time. am I allowed to do that?

Don
July 16, 2012 22:32:22

I am going to apply for 457 visa based on my full time job. I just want to know, I have a part time job on weekends. If I got 457 visa still can I work my part time job on weekends while I am doing my full time job.

MetS
July 10, 2012 11:53:59

Hi I am 59, I'm in contact with a company who'll sponsor me to work in Australia on a 457 visa, there're any reason the immigration can refuse me the visa?

Sarah
June 14, 2012 08:52:14

I am on a 457 visa and have a 5 month old baby who was born in Australia. My partner and father of my child is Australian. Can they kick me out of the Country if my visa expires? What would happen to my Australian baby and partner?

chanti
April 30, 2012 03:00:31

can i go to uni in australia while im on a 457 subclass sponsorship visa ?

Ajit kumar
April 30, 2012 01:17:13

I have this 457 visa which was cancelled due to my company being liquidated. Well now i have 8 months left for my visa to expire , i have found a new company wishing to sponsor me. Can i have the same existing visa reapproved through nomination or do i have to lodge another visa????

neena shiju
March 29, 2012 16:59:37

i am holding 457 visa, it is for 4 years and a am working as a registered nurse. i am carrying a baby now and i planned to have my delivery in overseas. If i need to apply for my child's visa from overseas what i need to do?Whether i need any support from my employe? if it possible to bring my child here?

Jaclyn
March 25, 2012 03:26:37

I am australian and have a partner on a 457 visa. We both work for the same employer, recently I was dismissed and the bos told me that if I found work in this same town that he would dismiss my 457 partner. Can he do that.. and if so, can I sponsor him.

sophie
March 14, 2012 07:13:53

My partner has just got 457 visa before we were on working holiday, can he claim his tax from last year as he was working on a working holiday visA??

gizmo
December 18, 2011 23:55:44

my husband has a 457 visa.we moved here 6 months ago. we have 2 children and were just wondering what we are entitled to (if anything)

Rony
November 15, 2011 20:41:16

Hi, I am on 1 457 work visa - though the primary applicant is my wife and I am the dependent. I currently have a full time role with an employer. My question is can I be employed with more than 1 employer being the secondary applicant.? Please advise

Eddie
September 11, 2011 22:58:45

I have come on my wifes student visa to australia, i am a motor mechanic by trade and have been offered a position. Can i apply for a 457 visa? Will there be implications for my wife as she intends on finishing her degree.

Margaret
August 07, 2011 20:10:56

My father is holding a 457 visa. We've been here in Australia for almost 1year and 6 months. We are planning to take a vacation in the Philippines on december.We was just wondering if we are allowed to go to the Philippines even though we still don't have a permanent residence,because my friend told me that we have to stay in Australia for 2 years first before taking a vacation in the Philippines. We are applying for the permanent residence but my friend also told me that one of the requirements in filing a permanent residence is staying in Australia within 2years or almost.Is it true?Please help me..

Ian
July 31, 2011 20:37:48

I have a 457 visa & want to further my qualifications with my company, will the government reimburse my company for my studies?

George
December 12, 2010 03:05:59

Me and my wife is here in Australia for 2 and a half years already in a 457 visa. My wife just gave birth to our first baby last two weeks ago. Unfortunately I lost my job and I have no more money to pay the rent and some expenses. So we are planning to go back to our homeland ASAP. I ring some immigration dept. and they said that our child need a passport and after that a 457 visa will attach to our child passport. So the processing is 5-6 weeks to get the passport from our country and another 4 weeks for the visa. I really need help. Maybe there is other way to cut this processing time. Help please.

Mark
September 27, 2010 05:18:50

I am currently on my 457 visa, when I arrived in Australia I came with a working holiday visa. Does that count towards my time here when I apply for permanent residency?

adonis pasno
September 20, 2010 21:55:51

i am a 457 visa holder, my employer went on bankrupt this june 2010,they didint pay my salary and other entitlements,i lodge a claim to GEERS but they said that i am not elegible for the claim because i am not a permanent resident,is there any government agency that can help me to claim my entitlements

cornacopia02
August 04, 2010 13:11:23

I am currently working in Australia under the 457 visa. If I cease employment with my sponsor for personal reasons and leave Australia within the 28 day requirement, will my dependent be allowed to stay and work in Australia on the 457 visa?

457 Visa Assistance
November 17, 2009 10:14:35

You do not mention which Country your relative is from which can have an influence on the outcome and visa choice. Easist way is to get them to complete the free online visa assessment here and someone will send them further information.

Guruprasad
November 08, 2009 17:51:01

I have come to Australia on a 457 Visa, it has been one month since i am here. Can i apply for a visit visa for my relative to come here for just 4 months to stay with us. Please let me know if i am eligible and if so, which visa should i apply for.


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