Get 457 Sponsored AFTER You Arrive
When should you apply for a 457 sponsorship? While you are still overseas or when already in Australia? It is better to apply AFTER you arrive and here is why.
# 1 More Choice
Employers are more likely to sponsor you if they have worked with you for a while and they know you. So if you can, start out on a working holiday visa - subclass 417 or 462 - or a student visa - subclass 570, 572, 573 or 574 - or a different work visa.
# 2 Better Informed
When you are already in Australia, you know more about the people and the country. And how do you even know whether you like living here? Better to work this out before you go through the huge hassle and expense of a sponsorship.
# 3 Meet Before You 'Marry'
A 457 sponsorship is a huge commitment. While on a 457 sponsorship you can't leave your employer unless you leave the country, find a new sponsor or change your visa. Would you 'marry' someone you have never met?
# 4 Explore Industries
When you are here, you might spot opportunities you had never thought of. When you are already sponsored, you can't change jobs or industries. It is better to explore first.
# 5 Roam Free
How do you know where you want to live? Once you are sponsored, you have to stay where you are. Four years is a long time when you want to be somewhere else.
# 6 Better English
You need to pass an English test to get sponsored. When you live and work here, English is all around you, so the English test becomes so much easier.
# 7 Easier Paperwork
Many employers are happy to sponsor you if you manage the whole process, but you can't do that if you are still overseas.
So arrive first and then look for a 457 sponsor. But do you know what? There are also good reasons to do just the opposite - Get 457 Sponsored BEFORE You Arrive.
Disclaimer - Please take this post as general advice only, consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs and seek professional advice from a migration agent or lawyer, where appropriate. Australia's migration legislation is subject to change and can do so at any moment without prior notice - Julie Tariel (registered migration agent - MARN 1464837) reviewed this post on 28 May 2016.