Question of the Week

What is the risk of canceling my sc 457 visa when considering a sc 186 visa with another employer?

Category: Visa for Australia

Question asked

I am currently on 457 visa sponsored by my employer. I have stopped working for my employer and have applied as a dependent on my husband’s 186 visa.

I wanted to check if I voluntarily cancel my sc 457 visa and apply for a bridging visa c with work rights to work for another employer, will cancelling of 457 effect our current 186 visa which is under process or are there any negative impacts of voluntarily cancelling 457 visa.

I am unable to start working with my new employer due to my previous 457 still being active.

Answer provided by Migration Agent


If you cease your employment with your sponsor, you will have 60 days (or 90 days if your 457 has been granted before 19/11/2016) to find another employer, apply for another visa or leave Australia.

After 60 days (or 90 days) (although now it seems that the Department is not very strict on these time frames), the Department will contact you with a Notice Of Intention to Consider Cancellation (NOICC) of your 457.

You will have the opportunity to comment and kindly ask not to cancel your visa because you have already applied for another visa. If the Department agrees and does not cancel your visa, once your 457 visa ceases, the Bridging visa A linked to your 186 visa application will activate, if your 186 is not granted yet. The BVA will not have work limitations.

If the Department, instead, decides to cancel your 457 visa or you ask to cancel your 457 visa, you will become unlawful as soon as the Department proceeds with the cancellation.

You will then have to apply for a Bridging visa E, which will come with no work rights. You could ask for permission to work but there is no guarantee that the Department will grant it. The unlawfulness and BVE will reset your time in Australia for the counting towards your Australian citizenship.

Thank you for using Ask-An-Agent. If you need further services from myself, you can always message me using the Ask-An-Agent messenger or chat. You can also reach me by contacting Amy at – and don’t forget to mention your question ID so that I can keep providing immigration services to you.

Connect with Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers

75 Agents and Lawyers are currently online. View profiles and compare ratings before hiring your migration agent.

Ask-An-Agent is the trusted online marketplace connecting consumers and businesses with migration agents and immigration lawyers.

It's never been easier.

Connect with Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers today

List of Migration Agents


Or search the Immigration Blog for the latest updates

Immigration Blog


What is the difference between choosing Ask-An-Agent over Facebook Groups or other Forums?

Facebook Groups, Blogs and Forums are a great place for meeting people although they’re still the online equivalent of an anonymous village pub.

Answers on Facebook Groups, Blogs and Forums

  • are provided by complete strangers you may not know.
  • locked in time and may be outdated.
  • may not fit your unique set of circumstances.


Information provided by unqualified strangers is unreliable. Trusting it may be harmful to you.

It is your future and we believe you deserve qualified and affordable legal advice before preparing your visa application and spending your dollars.


Know that we have got your back

Migration Agents answering your Questions within Minutes

You get qualified legal answers online, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Ask your questions online from the comfort of your home. A migration agent or immigration lawyer will provide a qualified and reliable answer in writing and by email to your inbox.

Ask your Questions


Get the Ask-An-Agent app

It is fast, easy and free!



The Ask-An-Agent community

Whether you’re hiring a migration agent or post your migration questions, know that we’ve got your back every step of the way.

Trust and Safety


Migration Agent Fees


Ask-An-Agent community members are celebrating the best migration agents, immigration advisors and immigration lawyers.

Congratulations to all the 2022 Immigration Choice Awards winners.

Immigration Choice Awards 2022


Meet your Migration Agents and Immigration Lawyers

View migration agent profiles. Read reviews from other community members who have already hired a migration agent.


Quick Links:

Migration Agents in Brisbane

Migration Agents in Melbourne

Migration Agents in Perth

Migration Agents in Sydney

Or meet with an Agent near you: Find Migration Agents near me


Promotion from our Partner

Info on ads