Are you wondering how to stay in Australia with your current visa? Applying for a Visa Extension is the best way to proceed if your temporary visa is about to expire and you cannot return to your home country as a result of travel restrictions. Visa Extension options are available for anyone in the country who is considering applying for a new visa to stay in Australia. Some current pathways for looking to stay in Australia longer include:
If you are looking to stay in Australia through a visa extension, here is what you need to know about possible options. Alternatively, get in touch with one of our registered agents!
All Temporary Visa holders in Australia must ensure they continue to hold a valid visa in order to remain lawful.
If your visa is expiring in the coming months, you may wish to consider extension options to apply for a new visa and stay in Australia. Your eligibility for various visa options varies on your individual circumstances, therefore it’s recommended you seek professional support.
To understand which visa options may be available to you to stay in Australia, contact one of Interstaff’s Registered Migration Agents to arrange a ‘Zero-contact’ Skype or telephone consultation. A discounted consultation fee may be available if your visa is expiring and you have been impacted by the COVID-19 travel bans. Simply get in touch at [email protected] or +61 8 9221 3388.
If your visa is expiring soon, it is common to think you may need a visa extension, but in Australia the process of extending your stay involves applying for a new visa. In many cases, a person can apply for a Visitor Visa to allow a few extra months in Australia. Applying for a Visitor Visa generally enables you to stay in Australia for 3, 6 or 12 months, depending on your circumstances.
Alternatively, other options may be available to you depending on your eligibility for various family, partner, student or work visa options. If you apply for a new visa, you will often be granted a Bridging Visa. This allows you to lawfully stay in Australia while your application for the new visa is being assessed.
The Government has also introduced the 408 COVID-19 Visa for people with no visa options – ie, those who cannot depart Australia due to the COVID-19 crisis and hold a visa that is expiring in less than 28 days (or did not expire more than 28 days ago). It may also be available to visa holders working in critical sectors. As with all visas, substantial evidence is required to support your application.
Usually there are very limited circumstances available to stay in Australia if a person’s visa grant notice has a ‘No Further Stay’ Condition (8503, 8534 or 8535). However, the good news is the Government is accepting applications for waivers of this condition to assist those impacted by the immediate travel bans. If you have a ‘No Further Stay’ Condition on your visa, you will first need to request a waiver for the condition before you can apply for a new visa.
If your visa is due to expire, you may wish to consider visa extension options to apply for a new visa and stay in Australia. To have your eligibility assessed and discuss any questions you may have about your application requirements, simply contact one of Interstaff’s Registered Migration Agents to arrange a Skype or telephone consultation.
Interstaff is a leading migration agency in Australia with countless clients throughout the country. Since 1988, Interstaff has helped thousand of individuals and businesses migrate to Australia for temporary and permanent reasons including family and work. Our registered and qualified team can help support you in the pursuit of staying longer in Australia. We specialise in providing comprehensive advice throughout the visa application process for many visas including visa extensions, visa cancellations and visa refusals.
As required by the Australian Law, our migration agents are registered with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) and practice under the Code of Conduct, which governs the Australian migration industry. Not only are our team members qualified professionals, but our visa agents stay abreast of Australia’s migration industry news, rules, regulations and procedures, and we keep our clients advised of any potential impacts to their application.
“On behalf of my family and I, we would like to thank the staff at Interstaff for working around the clock to achieve our goal of Permanent Residency. They are a great team of professionals and handled our case with very high standards. We greatly appreciate it – thank you!”
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