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As far as I understand it the only temporary visas are the holiday/working holiday ones.
Its the same as when you learn to drive you get a provisional licence. If you meet all the criteria in the time allowed you get a full licence. I would apply the same line of thought to that of the Provisional Visas. ;)
457 is a temp 4 year visa. Even though sponsored by a qualifying company.
Quite right forgot aboput that one. Its a long stay business one isn't it. But people coming out on this one know that it is a four year adventure and that they will be returning to the UK when the job is done.
If anybody else has had this issue, then please tell your story so others can see the danger of giving up everything to come here only to find the hoops that you have to jump through get more and more and it now looks like they have fire around them just for fun!
We came on a 475 which is a Provisional Visa sponsored by the state of South Australia. It is what thy call a pathway to permanency. The criteria is 2 years living and 1 year full time working. I have checked with immigration and they have confirmed that you don't need to be working in the field that you came over for and that it can also be the secondary applicant that applies for the PR Visa once you have met the criteria.
I'm no lawyer but I'm certain if the conditions are set in black and white at the beginning of the application and again in your Visa grant letter then the goal post can not be moved later, after all it doesn't say two years living one year working and then whatever we feel like adding!!!!
I for one am sick of it all I feel that I was mis sold a product and there must be some legislation about that either here in Australia where the rules were drawn up or in the UK where the product was sold.
We gave up everything to come here, we don't want hand outs just a fair crack of the whip and good honest answers.
Thanks Martin as you have confirmed what we thought We want to give it a crack of the whip for the 2 years and I am not going to stress already about what may happen after those 2 years. I think I will worry about the next few months for the time being
"About this Visa
The purpose of this visa is to allow holders of certain provisional visas to apply for permanent residency.
To be granted this visa, you must have lived for at least two (2) years and worked full time for a total period of 12 months in a Specified Regional Area of Australia before lodging your visa application."
I think its unacceptable of DIAC not to be giving people a legitimate reason as to why their application for a PR VISA has been refused.
I seriously think that someone over there should bring this to the attention of a politician/ government body.
However, as we have seen already once this year, they do change the rules. But then its their country their rules.
Either way if things like this are happening many people will not apply for a VISA.
Please do keep us posted I am a bit worried now too !!
we arrived in sept 08, bought a franchise and are now planning to buy a house. I also started fulltime perm work over 3 months ago, so am on the way to 52 weeks at over 35 hours.
The Immigration must give a reason as to why the person was rejected ! what about human rights !!
Full of worries but still loving it !! the whole world is a precarious place at the moment !
I've been reading this thread and everyone seems to be concerned about the work, residency conditions etc, in order to progress to a permanent visa......and rightly so..
There is something else you should all be very aware of........and that is personal/health circumstances that can affect your progression to PR....
If your health changes whilst on a temp/provisional visa ( how ever you want to interrput this visa)......i.e. you are diagnosed with a condition/illness that is deemed to be a burden to the state....then your PR can/will be refused.
I know for a fact that this has happened recently......residency has been refused and the family have been told to return to the UK.....
But when you are refused, you have the right to go through the appeal system....all the way to the Minister, I believe.
Which ever way you look at it....these visas are provisional/temporary......... IMO think temporary all the way down the line....you just never know what will happen...
.......look at it as a temporary adventure...which may or may not end up being permanent....
Last edited by lorluc; 10-03-2009 at 11:34 PM.
Arrived November 2005........live in Happy Valley
Theres a couple of posts on here of someone who knows someone - doesn't quite know what visa they're on - etc etc
Their health may have got worse - may even have a criminal record - might not even be on a 495 at all.
Can you see the oz governemt shipping backing 1000s and 1000s of immigrants on 495s whislt still letting in 1000s of immigrants. It doesn't make sense.
SA at this rate are still not attracting enough immigrants to boost their population - they're hardly likely to decide to send us all back home and start again.