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Moving from 457 to de facto visa


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Old 08-31-2015, 12:11 PM
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Hi All,
I think my situation might be a little different,because I haven't found similar posts about it, but if not, apologies ahead for any duplicated post, but really hoping someone can help with some question.
Long story short, I've been in Australia for 6 months under 457 visa, however I want to leave my company and request a de facto visa with my fiancee of 4 years, who also has a 457 visa. My biggest intent is to go freelancing (contractor role), so hoping not to be linked to one specific company.
Not sure if this is a smooth process and/or costy. Has anyone been through anything similar?

Any tips are very welcome, thanks in advance!


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If you've been living with your partner for at least 6 months, you can apply to be added as a dependent on her 457 (her employer needs to provide a letter agreeing to extend their sponsorship to include you). Although that will then allow you to work for anyone, keep in mind that it then cuts your visa security in half since any change in her employment (e.g. being made redundant) then means you are both at risk of needing the country if she can't find another employer.

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If you've been living with your partner for at least 6 months, you can apply to be added as a dependent on her 457 (her employer needs to provide a letter agreeing to extend their sponsorship to include you). Although that will then allow you to work for anyone, keep in mind that it then cuts your visa security in half since any change in her employment (e.g. being made redundant) then means you are both at risk of needing the country if she can't find another employer.
Thanks for your response. I thought about that too, but am I right to assume that once she's got her permanent residency (which we will apply in 1 year), that means I can relate my visa to it and extend my stay as long as we want, is that right?


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