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Dear all,

I have been offered a three-year working contract in Australia, and I
would like to get a permanent Australian visa (I am from Iran and living in Switzerland). My employer who offered
this contract suggests me (i) first, to apply for and receive a
Temporary Business Long Stay visa (Subclass 457), (ii) then, to enter
Australia, (iii) to start working, and finally (iv) to apply onshore
for a permanent visa (Employer Nomination Scheme). I am not sure,
however, that this will work: I found in Internet that one of the
eligibility criteria for a permanent visa (Employer Nomination Scheme,
Subclass 121/856) is that "the nominated position must be available
for at least 3 years". My contract is indeed a three-year
contract; however, if I apply onshore after having started working,
then the time remaining to the end of the contract will be less than 3
years, on the date of the application. Will I be eligible for a
permanent visa in this case?

Also, Would you please advice me how much time does it take to process offshore applications (ENS - 121) ?

Thank you in advance for the information!

-A
 

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Hi:

The nominated position just needs to have existed at the company for (3) yrs. So it wasn't created as a new position just for you and existed as a job title at the company.

I have actually gone this route and it's a 457 followed by an 856. It is probably safer to get an 856 as the 457 does tie you to the single employer. If you have worked in the 457 for 2 yrs you do not need to get skills assessed for an 856. If < 2 yrs before you apply for an 856 then you do get skills assessed by the relevant assessing agency.

I don't have experience with an 121, but if it is similar to an 856 then it should be 6 months maximum (sometimes as little as 6 weeks).



Dear all,

I have been offered a three-year working contract in Australia, and I
would like to get a permanent Australian visa (I am from Iran and living in Switzerland). My employer who offered
this contract suggests me (i) first, to apply for and receive a
Temporary Business Long Stay visa (Subclass 457), (ii) then, to enter
Australia, (iii) to start working, and finally (iv) to apply onshore
for a permanent visa (Employer Nomination Scheme). I am not sure,
however, that this will work: I found in Internet that one of the
eligibility criteria for a permanent visa (Employer Nomination Scheme,
Subclass 121/856) is that "the nominated position must be available
for at least 3 years". My contract is indeed a three-year
contract; however, if I apply onshore after having started working,
then the time remaining to the end of the contract will be less than 3
years, on the date of the application. Will I be eligible for a
permanent visa in this case?

Also, Would you please advice me how much time does it take to process offshore applications (ENS - 121) ?

Thank you in advance for the information!

-A
 
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