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    Hi wonder if anyone could help, we will be thinking of applying for a new 457 when this one runs out, (still got 2 1/2 yrs to go and if everything carries on as it is) will we be able to use the original work references plus the one for the 4 years in australia or do we have to go back and get them again? Also how long before it runs out should we apply. We can't apply for any other visa due to age so the permanent route unfortunately isn't for us

     

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    Debbie.

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    Under current rules you would still be able to use your old refs plus bringing them up to date with one from your current employer.

     

    How soon before hand. As you say you still have 2.5 years before that time. The important thing to do is keep an eye on the rules and if any changes are made during that time. Your employer also needs to ensure they are complying with their 457 sponsorship obligations.

     

    Also don't get your hopes up but do remember to keep an eye out on changes in respect of the age requirements, it is not so long ago when there were more options to move to permanent residence over the age of 50.

     

    Tee

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    thanks for that, we were hoping we could still use them and as you say we will keep looking to see if they up the age which would be handy, his boss uses an agent and is in the process of sponsoring others for a 186 so hopefully that should all be ok.

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