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I have just gotten my 457 (until April 2016) and will enter Oz in June.
My employer is willing to sponsor my PR (856) after working in Oz for a year.
Does it worth the trouble for me to try applying for 175 now instead of waiting until a year later for 856?
Please kindly advise:)
 

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No problem if u qualify at points system.
 

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Thanks....according to the official website, it seems the average processing time for 175 is 18 months... Which means it is about the same or still faster for me to wait for a year until my employer sponsor me for 856...:)
 

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Currently, 175 visas are being processed in 6-9 months, for the simpler cases that do not require lengthy security checks.
The advantage with waiting for a year for your employer to sponsor you is that the process is much easier and you will also not be affected by the impending rules changes. On the other hand, whilst you are on temporary visa, if at any point your employer or yourself decides that it is not working out and subsequently you end up leaving your current job, then you'll only have 30 days to either leave the country or find a new sponsor.

It all comes to down to each person but I preferred to secure my future on my own, without relying on an employer and it turned out to be a wise decision. I first moved here on a 457 visa as well and got my PR about 2 months later (I'd applied for it a few months prior) and I can only describe the time that I was on employer sponsorship as quite possibly the worse experience of my life! I was even working for a large multinational company so I certainly did not expect them to behave the way that they did.

If things are working out with your employer, then by all means, wait a year. Otherwise, apply for a visa on your own.
 

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Yes, no free lunch:)
The price for my laziness to wait for employer's sponsorship is security and boiled down to the question ... What if things don't work out!?

Btw, do you know how much more $$$ it will cost to apply for 175 instead of 856?
 

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Yes, no free lunch:)
The price for my laziness to wait for employer's sponsorship is security and boiled down to the question ... What if things don't work out!?

Btw, do you know how much more $$$ it will cost to apply for 175 instead of 856?
The cost of the 175 visa went up this year, so I'm not sure how much it costs now but all visa costs are published on the DIAC website.
 
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