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apply for a permanent visa whilst on a whv?

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1. Posted by Ricardo (Budding Member 79 posts) 8y

Hey guys, my question is in the subject line really. Me and my partner are going back to Oz on a 2nd whv and were wondering if we liked it there that much this time round ,like we suspect we might, can you apply for a permanent visa whilst out in Oz on a WHV.
Cheers in advance for your advice:)

2. Posted by Baker99 (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

I think you need a sponsership from a company you work for in Australia.

3. Posted by char1208 (Inactive 26 posts) 8y

HI Ricardo

Me adn my Bf are out here now, on our 2nd yr visa in Perth. Its VERY hard to get sponsered here at the moment, my bf's an engineer and even he is having troubles. If you have a trade ie electrician you should be fine to get sponsered and yes you can do that while your on ur 2nd year visa. Just apply for jobs and say your looking to be sponsered, thats the only way you can stay permantly. Good luck but the recession has hit hard here!!

4. Posted by Ricardo (Budding Member 79 posts) 8y

thanks for that advice guys, I am a gas engineer by trade so hopefully will be able to find a job. Good luck Char1208 with what your doing!:)

5. Posted by D Casey (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y


You can apply for the skilled migrant visa while you are on a WHV. The most important thing for the skilled visa is whether your occupation in on the skilled occupation list for Australia. Another important thing you should be aware of is that this type of visa is based on a point system, you get points on your occupation, experience, age, English language etc.
You must abide by the rules of your existing visa (WHV) until the Skilled Migration visa is granted. The rules of this visa will then take over.


6. Posted by Ricardo (Budding Member 79 posts) 7y

Thanks for that Denise. Great help!:)

7. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 7y

Hi Ricardo,

The Federal government is going to reduce skilled migration. The Permanent Migration program will be cut by 14 per cent to 115,000 people this financial year.
The permanent skilled migration program is being slashed by 18,000 over the next three months, with no foreign bricklayers, plumbers, carpenters or electricians allowed in for the foreseeable future.
And the migrant worker program is likely to be cut back further in the May budget.