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Old 23rd December 2010, 06:57 PM   #1
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Hi,

I am currently in a 457 visa since August 2009 and I am planning to apply for a 856 visa as soon as I can.

I started to work for my employer on December 2008 in a working holidays visa, so it is actually already 2 years since I started to work for this company. (from December 2008 till August 2009. I was working with the Working Holidays + WH extension).

My enquiry is: am I already entitled to apply for the 856 (as I have been in the company for 2 years) or do I have to wait until next year in August to comply with the 2 years of 457.

Thanks a lot,

Mirco
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You must hold a qualifying visa

You must have worked full-time in Australia in the nominated occupation on a Subclass 418, 421, 422, 428, 444, 457 or 461 temporary residence visa for the last two years prior to the visa application being made (including at least the last 12 months with the nominating employer)

The WHV is not a qualifying visa, so you can only count the time on the sc. 457

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You must have had your skills assessed as suitable by the relevant skills assessing authority and, unless exceptional circumstances apply, have at least three years full-time work experience in the occupation before the visa application is lodged.
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