|There are only a few exceptions to this rule:
- If the employee is employed as a general manager or medical practitioner; or
- The employee needs to serve out a notice period with the previous employer; or
- The employer is an “associated entity” of the sponsor – this would include subsidiaries, parents and sibling companies
If the person ceases employment, this can only be for a maximum of 60 days before the 457 holder is considered to be in breach of their visa conditions and subject to visa cancellation.
457 visa holders must commence work within 90 days of arrival in Australia, otherwise they will be in breach of condition 8107.
If licensing or registration is required for the employee to work in their occupation in Australia, then the employee must obtain the necessary licensing or registration before commencing work.
|CHANGING EMPLOYERS ON A 457 – EXAMPLE
|As an example – if Bob is employed by Company A on a 457, and obtains a new job with Company B, the process would work as follows:
- Company B would apply for a nomination for Bob
- Once the nomination is approved, Bob could work for Company B. Bob would not need to apply for a new 457
- If Bob then gives notice to Company A, he can serve his notice period with Company A before working with Company B
- Note, however, that if Bob gives notice too early and the nomination takes some time to come though, he may be in breach of the 60 day limitation on being out of work
The above process avoids the necessity of applying for a new 457, thus avoiding paying the lodgement fee for the visa and the 457 holder redoing medicals.