From 24 November 2012 this visa will change name to Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa.
See: Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)
Temporary Work (Skilled) - Standard Business Sponsorship (Subclass 457)
Stage 3: Employee applies for a visa
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This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457). Information on eligibility for a subclass 457 visa is available on the website under Skilled Workers (Primary Visa Applicants) Eligibility.
If you want to change your employer or position, you do not need to apply for a new subclass 457 visa (unless your current visa is about to expire). You simply need your sponsor to lodge a new nomination. If you change sponsors, your new sponsor lodges the nomination application. You must not start working for the new sponsor until the nomination is approved. When the nomination is approved you can work for your new employer until your visa expires.
If you want to apply for a new subclass 457 visa because your current visa is about to expire, you must lodge a new visa application.
After you lodge your visa application, do not make arrangements to move to Australia. Do not leave your employment, sell your home or book travel arrangements until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa.
Prepare all the documents you need to support your application. The documents you need are listed in the Document checklist for visa applicants (121KB PDF file). This checklist explains whether you need to provide original documents or, more usually, certified copies of documents.
Some of the documentation that you must provide may take you several weeks to obtain. You should have all the required documents ready to lodge with your application to reduce any delays in processing.
Providing documents electronically
If you lodge your application electronically, you can upload your documents through the department's website. This will help reduce delays in processing your application.
If you cannot upload documents through the department's website, you can scan your documents and send them to your case officer by email. If you send a scan of the original document, it should be in PDF format.
You will be provided with the name and contact details of your allocated case officer once you have lodged your application.
Translate documents not written in English
Any document in a language other than English must be accompanied by an official certified English translation:
- A translator in Australia must have been accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI).
- A translator outside Australia does not need to be accredited, but they should endorse the translation with their full name, address, telephone number, and details of their qualifications and experience in the language being translated.
Complete the following application forms to apply for this visa:
To apply online, complete eVisa application 1066 – Employer sponsored workers (e457).
To apply on a paper application, complete Form 1066 – Application for a Subclass 457 – Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (303KB PDF file).
The forms must be completed in English. You must truthfully answer all the questions on the forms, otherwise your application could be refused.
You must also provide details of all children or other dependent relatives aged 18 years or older. For all dependent relatives 18 years of age or over, complete Form 47A – Details of child or other dependent family member aged 18 years or over (238KB PDF file)
There is more Information to help prepare your application, which gives advice about certifying and translating documents, communicating with the department, getting help with your application, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from the department, receiving assistance with your application, and how the department protects the privacy of information you provide in your application.
You may be required to pay a visa application charge. This charge is usually not refunded if your application is unsuccessful.
See: Visa charges ( 86KB PDF file)
Lodge the appropriate application forms, together with all necessary supporting documentation and application charges.
To lodge a valid application, you must:
- provide your residential address for your application. This is the address of where you intend to live while your visa application is being processed. A post office box is not acceptable and may result in your application being treated as an invalid application.
- answer all relevant questions truthfully – your application may be refused if you provide incorrect information
- pay the correct charge for your application.
Check that your application contains only correct information. If you provide false or misleading information you may have committed a criminal offence and your application could be refused.
Options for lodging your application
If you were nominated by an Australian business, you can:
- lodge online applications on the department's website or lodge at the nearest Australian office of the department
- pay the application charge by credit card, bank cheque or money order made payable to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
If you were nominated by a business that is based outside Australia:
- lodge your visa application at an Australian mission overseas
- you must be outside Australia when you lodge your application
- contact your nearest immigration office to ask how you should pay the application charge.
If you are applying under service seller arrangements:
- if you are in Australia, lodge your application at your nearest office of the department in Australia and pay the application charge by credit card, bank cheque or money order
- if you are outside Australia, lodge your application at an Australian mission and pay the visa application charge according to their instructions.
You can lodge your application in person, through a representative, or by post (for paper applications).
Tracking your application
Any application lodged with the department is given an application identifier description. This is a number that identifies your application.
Include your name, date of birth and application identifier description if you write to the department after you lodge your application. This helps the department quickly locate your application.
The time taken for an application to progress and for the department to make a decision varies. See Temporary Work Visa Processing Times
Do not make arrangements to move to Australia. Do not leave your employment, sell your home or book travel arrangements until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa.
You must report any changes in circumstances that could affect the processing of your visa application. Relevant changes include the following:
- You move to a new address or change your passport. Report this using: Form 929 – Change of address and/or passport details ( 89KB PDF file).
- You want to correct information you provided in your visa application. Report this using: Form 1023 – Notification of incorrect answer(s) (100KB PDF file).
There are other changes in your circumstances. Report these changes using: Form 1022 – Notification of changes in circumstances ( 77KB PDF file). Examples of the types of changes you can use this form to report include:
- you want to add or change the person authorised to act on your behalf in connection with the application
- there is a change in your family, such as a birth or death
- you or your dependent family members intend to travel to and from Australia while the application is being processed.
When you write to us, make sure you include:
- your name (as provided in your visa application)
- your date of birth
- Transaction Reference Number (TRN) (if lodged electronically)
- the client number given to you by the department, or, if you do not have a client number, the department's file number or the application receipt number
- if your application was made outside Australia, the name of the Australian overseas mission where you lodged your application.
If you have provided the details of another person as your authorised recipient, then any communication by the department about your visa application will be sent to your authorised recipient, and you will be taken to have received that communication. You should also notify the department in writing of any change of address for your authorised recipient.
If this visa is approved, the department will send you a letter with the:
- the date your visa ends
- visa grant number
- any conditions attached to your visa.
If this visa is not approved, the department will send you a letter stating:
- why the visa was refused
- your rights (if any) to a merits review of the decision and relevant time limits.