Well am i so glad i just read your thread!! Am i thick or what.. I am also going on a business sponsored visa 457, got my numbers wrong... So many forms to fill in, i just got carried away. I have been told this visa takes about 3 months, but as long as it's not 8 months i'm happy, as i was planning to go Jan.. Sold house and moving in with in-laws so 8 months they may have become out laws!!!!!