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Greetings everyone,

I have been in Australia for 2 years and 3 months, and I am a PR through the 186 visa direct scheme. I have applied for the 186 IN Australia and got a bridge visa (June 2016), visa granted November 2016 (so after the granted date been with the sponsor for 15 months).

I have been doing a lot of research about the 2 years commitment to the sponsor. I have read multiple times that there is no legal requirement.
https://visaone.com.au/ens-186-visa-happens-leave-employer-get-pr/

I have a good relationship with my employer, have no issues, and there is no gaps on my contract or task I should not be doing.
I would like to swap jobs mostly for personal reasons, and because the offer I received is in a higher position with a multinational. Plus my work contract with the sponsor ends in less then a year.

I haven't been able to find or to know someone that went or have swap jobs before the 2 years commitment.
Did you get in trouble?
Did your employer open a complain with the Department Immigration?
Does the time in bridge visa counts for the years commitment?

I really would appreciate some feedback. I am pretty worried about changing jobs, and loose my visa after so much investing and hard work to get it.

Regards!
 

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The 2 year employment condition applies to 187 visas, not to 186 visas.
 

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Well,
Thats what I really do not understand.
Under the 186 Direct Scheme on the visa "About", it states:
"Your obligations

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

We expect that you will work for your nominating employer for at least 2 years."

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/vis...mination-scheme-186/direct-entry-stream#About

On the section "When you have this visa:" under obligations that conditions vanishs.
https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/vis...omination-scheme-186/direct-entry-stream#When

"What you must do on this visa (your obligations)

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

You agree to begin your employment within 6 months of:

entering Australia if we granted you the visa outside Australiathe visa grant date if we granted you the visa in Australia
"

So I assume as you there is no condition to remain, but I cannot be 100% sure as It creates lots of confusion.
 

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There is no condition that you need to remain with your employer on the 186 visa. So you are free to change jobs at any time.
 
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