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Young people advised to learn the intricacies of their 457 visas

1 December 2014 - 8:44am

Getting out and travelling the world - no matter what your age - can be one of the great joys in life. When you're young, the opportunity to live and work in another country will always be an attractive prospect.

However, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has reinforced that it's now more important than ever for young people travelling to Australia to understand their 457 visas. 

Potential for fraud

It is incredibly important to have a grasp of the responsibilities both you and any potential sponsors hold. The DIBP has highlighted that many travellers may be susceptible to visa fraud - a crime which is taken very seriously - if they aren't aware of these obligations prior to travelling:

  • Sponsorship cannot be offered if there is no intention of the traveller being placed into paid work.
  • A sponsor cannot ask travellers to repay the costs which surround both sponsorship and nomination.
  • Everyone who is employed in Australia is entitled to same rights as per the government's guidelines.

If you're a traveller and you fail to understand and abide by these points, both you and your sponsor could be committing visa fraud - unknowingly or otherwise. It is incredibly important to be aware of the conditions of your 457 visa before you travel, as the DIBP takes scams and fraudulent activity incredibly seriously.

Getting the right insurance cover

Young people travelling to Australia on a 457 visa must have the same level of appropriate health insurance cover as any of their older peers. It's easy for this to slip down your list of things to do, but if you don't find the right policy, your entry into the country could be put in jeopardy. 

Condition 8501 requires all visa holders to make appropriate provisions for insurance that will cover them throughout the entirety of their stay. When you apply for your visa, you will need to provide adequate proof that your health insurance is arranged, and you may then be asked to further back this up when you go through immigration after arriving.

If you fail to comply with the DIBP's rules, you will not only jeopardise your current travel plans, but any that you may want to make further down the line, too.

There are numerous health insurance funds which can provide you with coverage if you're a young person gearing up for a trip to Australia. Weighing through all of the options can not only be laborious, but it may mean that you also miss the nuances of exactly which cover would be best for you. If you would like impartial, expert advice on finding the right health insurance to sit alongside your 457 visa, call HICA on 1300 44 22 01.

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