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My partner has a 457 visa expiring July 2019.*

His boss is moving the team to a different organisation*in November 2018. As 457's have been abolished, the new employer cannot become his new sponsor and they are reluctant to apply for a 482.*

We meet the criteria for a partner visa, but as we have not yet applied this is unlikely to be granted by November when he needs to start with the new employer. Even if we applied now, a bridging visa granted on the basis of him holding a 457 would not come into effect until the 457 expired in July 2019.*

Is there a way to apply for the partner visa and receive*a bridging visa*with work rights that are not limited to remaining with his 457 sponsor?*Eg. Leaving the country, requesting cancellation of the 457, returning on a tourist visa,*then making the partner application once back onshore?
 

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A BVA is called a bridging visa because it's tied to both sides... it bridges one visa to the next. Cancel the first visa and the BVA gets cancelled as well.

There are options. Best to speak to a professional about them. Tourist visa may be hard to get after that.
 
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