Working in Australia - Vintage Work Visa Rules Information
Can I work at more than one place?
The visa paperwork is for one employer only. There may be circumstances where you would need to change employers, but this is very rare and generally not your decision. You must not leave your employer without telling them, and Bibber. If you leave your specified employer and try to seek work at another employer independent of the exchange program, we may withdraw our sponsorship and your visa may be cancelled and you will need to leave Australia. There may be some opportunities after you have finished your first placement, however this must be done in consultation with us. There is a new placement charge of $475 because we need to prepare extra paperwork and notify Immigration that you are working in a different place.
How long can I have this Visa?
You can have this visa for only 12 months in a lifetime. This 12 months can be split into more than one visit, like 2 x 6 months, or 3 x 4 months, however 12 months is all you can have. You must be under 31 when you make any visa application.
If I like it in Australia, can I stay longer?
If you would like to keep working for the same employer and they would like you to stay longer, we can see if this will be possible. You will need to apply for a new visa and it is possible to apply for a total of 12 months in Australia on the Bibber visa (including the time you have been here already). An onshore re-application fee of $1,875 applies. Initial visas are issued based on the dates given to us by the employer with a small amount of time to travel afterwards. There are options available for different visas and even a permanent stay if you meet the Immigration criteria. Please contact us if you would like more information.
If you want to stay longer just for a holiday, you will need to apply for a further stay (providing you don’t have a no further stay condition on your visa). This costs about $375 and can be done at any Immigration office. Remember, you cannot be in Australia without a visa!
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