457 Visa Application - Process Length

Old Jun 21st 2010, 11:30 pm
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Hi All,

I've had a look through the Immigration website but can't seem to find the info I'm looking for.

Can anyone give me an indicative time it took from lodging your application to application approval?

I'll be applying from NZ so time scales may vary a bit from the UK.

Cheers in advance

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Think ours only took about 2 weeks but others vary massively.
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Hi, I think ours was only a couple of weeks too, good luck to ya
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Originally Posted by ptbrophy View Post
Hi All,

I've had a look through the Immigration website but can't seem to find the info I'm looking for.

Can anyone give me an indicative time it took from lodging your application to application approval?

I'll be applying from NZ so time scales may vary a bit from the UK.

Cheers in advance

Paul.
Anywhere from 24 hours to a year or more. It depends on so many factors that it's impossible to say.
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Anywhere from 24 hours to a year or more. It depends on so many factors that it's impossible to say.
it does seem to be the case, not many people seem to have the same experiences. We've had good experinces all 3 times though, so hopefully they're going through a helpful phase
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We had a reasonably quick turn around time on our NZ applications - and that was a permanent resident application too.

The difficult thing for me is knowing when to apply for jobs. Is now too early knowing that the application could take a week or two, or on the other hand, it may take a year and i'll be in Wellywood 'til then!
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We had a reasonably quick turn around time on our NZ applications - and that was a permanent resident application too.

The difficult thing for me is knowing when to apply for jobs. Is now too early knowing that the application could take a week or two, or on the other hand, it may take a year and i'll be in Wellywood 'til then!
How can you apply for jobs if you have a 457 in the works? The 457 is an employer sponsored visa.
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How can you apply for jobs if you have a 457 in the works? The 457 is an employer sponsored visa.
I was wondering that too.

OP is it your other half who is getting a 457?
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How can you apply for jobs if you have a 457 in the works? The 457 is an employer sponsored visa.
With their mention of PR, I read it as a comment on the processing times for NZ applications rather than for 457s


We had extremely varied processing times on our two 457 applications (from the UK) - it took months and months and months for the first one (about 6 months from start to finish, but we did have issues with widdle tests on the kids' medicals which delayed them being sent off) and it took approx 4 days for the 2nd application.
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Sorry folks, I havn't made myself quite clear!

I have yet to apply for any sort of visa for migration to Oz. After doing some research, the subclass 457 visa is the way forward for me.

I understand the process for this application to be (but happy to be corrected):

a) Your potential employer must already be, or apply to be, a sponsor.
b) The employer then nominates the vacant position and person they wish to employ to fill this position.
c) The employee then applies for a visa to work and live in Oz.

So, for me to move to Oz under this type of visa, I would need an offer of employment first, and then proceed through the above steps.
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