More than a year after effectively closing Australia off from the rest of the world, state and federal governments, industry groups and employers are all now recognising that Australia has critical skill gaps in many areas. There is great concern that failure to address skills shortages will have a detrimental impact on the future growth of the economy coming out of Covid. In a recent session hosted by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia CEDA), an independent think tank, the Immigration Minister, Alex Hawke, acknowledged that migration will be critical for Australia’s future economic recovery.
In what has become an increasingly scarce labour market many persons who were in Australia on 457 or 482 visas at the time the borders were closed who were able to weather the initial economic downturn and remain in Australia, are now discovering that they are being rewarded for their perseverance as employers compete with each other for their services. As a result, an increasing number of employees are seeking advice on how to transfer their visas across to new employers.
While it is possible to do this, it is most important to ensure that all of the necessary steps are complied with, as failure to do so might result in a visa breach or worse still, not having proper legal status.
One benefit of the process is that it involves the transfer of the sponsorship for the unexpired term of the individuals’ visa, and therefore, a new visa application is not required. Obviously however, if the employee only has a short period of time left on the visa, a fresh application would make sense.
For those persons thinking about the possibility of a transfer, the following points should first be thought about: