Effective 1 July 2024, Temporary Work (Skilled) (Sc 457) visa holders, Temporary Skill Shortage (Sc 482) visa holders and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) (Sc 494) visa holders who stop working with their sponsoring employer will have more time to find a new sponsor, apply for a different visa or arrange to depart Australia.

These visa holders will have up to:

  • 180 days at a time, or
  • a maximum of 365 days in total across the entire visa grant period.

During this time, visa holders can work for other employers. This includes work in occupations not listed in their most recently approved sponsorship nomination.

The situation will be quite different to the previous position, whereby holders of these visas had a maximum of 60 days to find a new employer and transfer the nomination to the new employer.

The rational to these changes is to minimise the chance of sponsored employee exploitation.

If you hold any of the above mentioned visa with conditions attached to it or you need advice on how any of these changes affect your personal circumstances, please contact us and one of our experts will get in touch with you promptly.

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