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Thanks Mobbi, a question though, Subclass 175 is an offshore application and I was overseas when I applied for it, doesn't that mean that at the end of my 457 I have to go overseas and wait offshore until 175 visa is granted and then come back to Australia? I can get a bridging visa when I finish with my 457?

Thanks again, Azad
Hi,
Although you can apply for the 175 visa within Australia, you must be outside of Australia when a decision is made. Bridging visas are only granted when you can be in Australia when a decision is made. At the end of your 457, you must go overseas.

Location - Eligibility
You may be in Australia at the time you apply for a subclass 175 visa unless you have either condition 8503 or 8535, or another condition on your current visa that prevents you from making a further application to remain in Australia.

Unless you are an eligible New Zealand citizen, you and any secondary applicants included in your application, must be outside Australia at the time that a decision is made on your application.

Skilled - Independent (Migrant) Visa (Subclass 175)

You can visit Australia using a tourist visa if you want.
 
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