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Leaving country and retaining 457 visa?

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Old 11-16-2012, 10:09 PM
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I've got a question about retaining a 457 visa if you are leaving the country for a significant period - was wondering if you could help/advise.

I'm a UK citizen and came over to Melbourne on a 457 in August. Due to personal circumstances I have to return to the UK after Xmas until most likely November 2013. This can't be changed and I was just wondering if there are options to retain my visa or if I need to change it completely.

Two situations - are they possible?

(1) keep my current 457 visa by getting my sponsoring company to grant me 10/11 months leave with the agreement that I can come back to them after. In this situation is it valid to have the same visa retained?

(2) if I have to give up the visa is it possible in the future to gain another 457 visa? Or is there some rule like you are only allowed 1 full stop? If this is the case, would I be able to apply and get a workin holiday visa?

Thanks in advance for any help/advice on this. It's not the ideal situation as I'd love to return to oz but there are personal circumstances which mean I have to be back in the UK.

Any other suggestions are welcomed



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You can get as many 457 as many sponsorships you can secure.

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Old 11-17-2012, 01:30 AM
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Thanks Boboa

That's made the decision easy for me.

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