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Hi Folks.

New to this site and need some help.

I'm currently on a 457 visa (4 year) which I got granted back in October 2011.

I have worked as a Project Manager my full time working in Australia.

I moved company in November 2013 due to the previous company going broke. So basically from when I started work again there is only 1 year and 11 months left of my current 457 visa.

I understand to transition to permanent (subclass 186 visa) through your employer you have to work with them for 2 years. So I think I am stuck there?

Is there any other options?

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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If you qualify for a skilled independent visa (e.g. 189 or 190) that would remove any tie to your employer. Or if you need/want to maintain the employer sponsorship, then you could look into applying under the Direct Entry steam. It's only the temporary resident transition stream that requires you to have 2 years under the 457 with your sponsoring employer.
 

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Hi thanks for the response.

Here's the thing. I am sponsored as a project manager however vetassess will not assess my qualifications as that because I do not hold a relevant degree. However they will assess me ok as a project administrator. Because my 457 is project manager, can I 186 direct entry into a project administrator role?
 

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I'm not overly familiar with the Direct Entry stream, but I don't believe it's a problem if you apply under a different occupation than the 457. You may want to post in the Ask Mark! thread (in the sticky section at the top of the forum thread list) to confirm this.
 
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