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how difficult is it to switch visas?

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Old 05-26-2011, 07:57 AM
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how difficult is it to switch visas?

i wanted to go to australia on a work/holiday visa for a year and do some simple jobs in the hopes i can get some interviews with some construction companies as a site foreman or manager. How difficult would it be for an employer to sponsor me for a working visa? is this allowed?

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I found this on the DIAC site. You could get an extension on your working holiday visa to allow you to work more than 6 months with the same employer if there are exceptional circumstances:

Exceptional circumstances might include:

•Remaining in your current job for a very short time (less than one month) as you are critical to the completion of a specialised project that has unexpectedly gone over time. This generally only relates to highly skilled activities.
Example: A lawyer in the middle of a trial.
•Performing disaster recovery work following a major disaster.
Example: Clean-up, re-building or emergency management activities following a major flood.
Remaining in your current job while a decision is being made on an application for a visa which would allow you to continue full time work with your employer without leaving Australia.
Example: Subclass 457 – Temporary Business (Long Stay) visa, Subclass 820 – Spouse visa.
Note: If you intend to apply for a work extension on the basis of such a visa application, you must lodge the visa application before submitting the work extension request. Please direct your request to the Immigration office that is processing your visa application.

Exceptional circumstances do not include remaining in your current job because you:

•have the required skills or because of labour shortages
•are required to complete a project in a job that is not highly skilled
Example: retail or administration
•intend to apply for another visa that permits you to work but have not yet lodged the application with the department
•are not able to apply for another kind of visa.

So, I think if you found another job, you would have to apply for a new visa before the working holiday visa is up. That's how I interpret the info.


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Old 05-26-2011, 08:48 AM
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That was the plan....the work/holiday visa is just to get my foot in the door. I want to change my visa as quickly as possible to a work visa. I don't want to wait until the last minute. I'm 29 so this is my last chance for a work/holiday visa. It's my dream to live in Australia but it's not very easy. Another question would be, if i wanted to change to a work visa would my chosen occupation have to be on the occupation skills list or does it not matter since an employer is sponsoring you?

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