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Visa conditions 8107, 8607 and 8608 are changing

Starting from 1 July 1 2024, visa conditions 8107, 8607, and 8608 will be updated in line with the Australian Government’s Migration Strategy. These updates aim to address worker exploitation and enhance productivity.

To support the labor market mobility of temporary migrants, we have made improvements for the following visas:

– Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457)

– Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482)

– Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (provisional) visa (subclass 494)

Visa holders who stop working with their sponsoring employer will now have more time to find a new sponsor, apply for a different visa, or arrange to leave Australia. They will be allowed:

– Up to 180 days at a time, or

– A maximum of 365 days in total throughout the visa grant period

During this period, visa holders can work for other employers, including in occupations not listed in their most recent sponsorship nomination, ensuring they can support themselves while seeking a new sponsor.

Unless exempt, a visa holder cannot work for another employer unless they have ceased working with their sponsoring employer. They must remain in their nominated occupation while working for their existing sponsor.

Sponsors are required to notify the department of any changes within 28 days, including if sponsorship ceases or if a visa holder resigns. More information is available at Sponsorship obligations for Standard business sponsors.

Visa holders must not engage in any work inconsistent with the licensing or registration requirements for their nominated occupation, including any conditions or requirements they are subject to.

These changes apply to both current visa holders and those granted a visa on or after 1 July 2024. Any periods of unemployment with their sponsor before 1 July 2024 will not count towards the new time periods.

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