A sponsored employee must abide by the condition on his/her visa to work only for the sponsoring employer in Australia.
If the employee ceases employment with the sponsor, he/she has three options:
- Ensure that a new employer applies to transfer the nomination;
- Apply for another visa; or
- Depart Australia.
The time limit is:
- 60 days if the visa was granted after 19 November 2016; or
- 90 days if the visa was granted prior to this date.
A sponsored employee may be approved to work for a new employer prior to working out the notice period for the original sponsor. The Department allows the sponsored employee to serve his/her notice period with the original sponsor, even after the approval to change sponsor is granted. This is not considered a breach of visa conditions.
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