When you think of a “visa extension”, you think of the existing visa being given a bit more time. A bit like a top-up. You can get extensions of 59 days or up to 6 months on tourist visas in the Philippines. A mere formality, really. And Down Under Visa frequently find returning clients thinking it will be a formality.
Australian tourist visas are nothing like that, sorry to say. No top-ups or refills of existing visas. If you wish the applicant to stay longer, it’s a new application. Continue reading
(Please note this is an updating of an older post)
At Down Under Visa we get partner visa assessment forms all the time from men who clearly have good, stable and committed relationships with their Filipina ladies, and they I get to the end and see they want to get a TOURIST visa for their fiancées. I shake my head in amazement in each and every time. When I brought my wife Mila to Australia, there was no way I was going to be sticking her on a plane again after three months!
Make no mistake about it. That is what you are looking at. Tourist visas are NOT short-cuts to partner visas. And this is common thinking. Tourist visa as an easier way to bring their fiancee to Australia and for her to remain, thus avoiding all the red tape. Bring her on a simple tourist visa….marry her….and she stays.
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Practically every Subclass 600 Tourist Visa to Australia from Philippines will have this condition on it. If you don’t believe me, look at your visa grant letter. In the days of visa stickers (and when the visa was called a Subclass 676 Tourist Visa), it would be displayed on the sticker itself. Nowadays with visa grant letters, you will see:
8101 – NO WORK
8201 – STUDY LIMITATION
8503 – NO FURTHER STAY
The last item is what we’re talking about. 8503 – NO FURTHER STAY
What this means is that the applicant cannot apply for another visa while she’s in Australia. If she wants another visa, she must leave the country first. Continue reading
We at Down Under Visa get requests from men all the time wanting to get a tourist visa for their fiancee.
The men are generally thinking one of two things:
1. They’re thinking that a tourist visa is an easier way to bring their fiancee to Australia and for her to remain, thus avoiding all the red tape. Bring her on a simple tourist visa….marry her….and she stays. Continue reading
I just had a prospective client contact me a few days ago. His wife is in Australia on a subclass 676 tourist visa (visitor visa), and it has a Condition 8503 on it. This Condition means “no further stay”, and is commonly applied to visa grants from Third World countries whom the Department consider a flight risk. The applicant may not make another visa application whilst in Australia. No visa extensions. No nothing! She must leave the country before it expires.
Now, the problem is she’s pregnant and is having some health problems. Her doctors don’t want her to travel. And her visa expires late Feb 2012! She needs to leave, but she can’t fly. What can she do? Continue reading