New advice for people on working holiday visas in Australia

by Ray Clancy on March 3, 2014

in Australia, Australia Immigration, General Information

The Department of Immigration in Australia has issued new travel advice for those planning to visit the country on a working holiday visa.

It advises people to make sure they take out travel insurance before they arrive in Australia so that they are covered to pay for any medical treatment, loss or theft of personal belongings or other incidents that may happen during their stay.

Companies whose applications are approved after 14 February 2014 can lodge further 457 nomination applications

It also reminds them that as a working holiday maker, they are subject to the same workplace laws as Australian workers. ‘These laws outline the basic entitlements you have as a worker in Australia. Make sure you read the information in your visa grant letter as it provides important information and contact details for any issues you might have,’ said a Department of Immigration and Border Protection (SIBP) spokesman.

The list of advice also advises working holiday makers to ensure that they have enough money to support themselves, especially when looking for work: ‘It is worth checking the cost of living in Australia, and comparing it to your home country, so you have an idea of how much money you will need, travellers are also advised to be mindful of personal security, including exercising common sense and looking out for suspicious behaviour.’

Meanwhile, the DIBP has removed the nomination ceiling on subclass 457 visas for standard business sponsorship applications. It means that companies will now not be limited to the number of nominations stipulated on their sponsorship application.

‘The removal of the ceiling will benefit businesses by allowing them to meet an unexpected need for more 457 nominations than originally planned,’ explained a DIBP spokesman.

Companies whose applications are approved after 14 February 2014 can lodge further 457 nomination applications after the number of nominations stated on their applications are reached.

The regulation have been changed and simplifies and simply states that a sponsorship expires on the end date of sponsorship approval.

Businesses whose standard business sponsorship applications are approved after 14 February 2014 can exceed the number of nominations stipulated on their application form, up until the expiry date of the sponsorship status which is three years from the date of approval.

Sponsorship applications that were approved prior to 14 February 2014 and are subject to a nomination ceiling will continue to expire when that nomination ceiling has been reached.

It is expected that businesses will welcome this change, as it allows them greater flexibility should they find an unexpected need for more subclass 457 visas which they may not have anticipated when they initially applied for sponsorship status.

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