Due to travel restrictions and the impact of the pandemic, many people are seeking a visa extension to stay in Australia. This includes Temporary Visa holders, such as those onshore in Melbourne who may be finding it difficult to return to their home country before their visa expires. While it is common to think you may need a visa extension, in Australia, the process of extending your stay involves applying for a new visa.
If you are considering a visa extension, here’s what you need to know about your options to stay in Melbourne and apply for a new visa.
If your visa is about to expire but you cannot go back to your home country due to travel restrictions, or if you would simply like to stay longer, you need to apply for a new visa to legally remain in Australia.
If your visa is expiring in the next few months, you may wish to consider visa extension options to apply for a new visa and stay in Melbourne, Australia. Your eligibility for various visa options will depend on your circumstances, therefore it can help to seek professional advice.
To understand which visa options may be available to you to stay in Australia and how we can help, contact one of Interstaff’s registered Migration Agents to arrange a ‘Zero-contact’ Zoom or telephone consultation.
Simply get in touch below or contact our Melbourne office on 03 8319 0902.
As mentioned, in Australia, extending your stay involves applying for a new visa. In some 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 Skilled, Family, Partner, or Student Visa options. An eligibility assessment with our migration agents can help you to understand your 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.
During the pandemic, the Government also introduced the 408 Pandemic Event Visa for people with limited visa options – for example, people who cannot depart Australia due to COVID-19-related international travel restrictions – conditions apply. This visa may also be available to Temporary Visa holders working in critical sectors – if interested, we would recommend a consultation to assess your eligibility. As with all visas, evidence is required to support your application.
Usually, there are very limited circumstances available to stay in Australia if a person has a ‘No Further Stay’ Condition (8503, 8534 or 8535) on their visa. However, the good news is the Government has been accepting applications for waivers of this condition during the pandemic to assist those impacted by the travel restrictions. 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 and you may wish to seek professional advice.
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 Zoom or telephone consultation.
Operating since 1988, Interstaff specialises in providing comprehensive immigration services including visa advice throughout all stages of the visa application process. Our leading visa agents have been providing visa extension Melbourne services to help individuals and businesses obtain a wide range of visas including temporary and permanent work visas, partner visas, student visas, and tourist visas. Our Registered Migration Agents have also successfully handled visa refusal and visa cancellation cases of various complexities.
As per Australian law, our migration agents are registered with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) and practice under the Code of Conduct (the governing body for the Australian migration industry). In addition to our team being qualified professionals, 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 on their applications.
For more information about how to stay in Australia through our Visa Extension Melbourne services, please get in touch with our Registered Migration Agents on 1800 449 858 (Free Call Within Australia) or 03 8319 0902 (Melbourne Office).
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