The government has implemented changes to give 482 visa holders with visa condition 8607 greater work rights flexibility if you end your employment with your 482 visa sponsor.

Key summary of changes:

  • Extended time-frames to find new employment:¬†Visa holders who stop working with their sponsoring employer now have:
    • Up to 180 days at a time, or
    • A maximum of 365 days in total across the visa grant period to find a new sponsor, apply for a different visa, or arrange to depart Australia.
  • Work Flexibility:¬†During this period, visa holders can work for other employers, including in occupations not listed in their most recent sponsorship nomination. You can work in any occupation, and you can have multiple employers / sources of income. You can also work for yourself.
  • Sponsor Notification:¬†Sponsors must inform the Department of any changes within 28 days, including ceasing sponsorship or if a visa holder resigns.
  • Licensing and Registration Compliance: If a license, registration, or membership is mandatory to perform a particular occupation and/or job, then visa holders must obtain and comply with any mandatory requirements.

Both existing visa holders and those granted visas on or after 1 July 2024 will benefit from these changes.

Any periods a visa holder stopped working for their sponsor before 1 July 2024 will not count towards the new extended time periods. This means that no matter when you ended your employment with your 482 visa sponsor before 1 July 2024, you would have up to 180 days to find a new sponsor for your 482 visa (or a maximum of 365 days in total across the visa grant period to find a new sponsor, apply for a different visa, or arrange to depart Australia).