If your visa is about to expire and travel restrictions or the pandemic, in general, make it difficult to go back to your country, you may be considering Visa Extension options to lawfully remain in Australia. This includes Temporary Visa holders in Sydney with visas about to expire. Individuals who would like to stay in Sydney, Australia due to personal or work reasons may be interested in Visa Extension options to extend their stay. However, 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 Sydney and apply for a new visa.
Temporary Visa holders in Australia must ensure they continue to hold a valid visa to remain lawful. Interstaff’s visa agent team can advise and help you comply with visa extension application requirements to apply for a new visa and stay in Australia.
If your visa is expiring in the next few months, it is very important to consider all your visa extension options to apply for a new visa and stay in Sydney, 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 Sydney office on 02 7200 2567.
As mentioned, in Australia, the process of 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 Sydney, Australia. To have your eligibility assessed and discuss any questions you may have about your application requirements, get in contact with Interstaff’s Migration Agents to arrange a Zoom or telephone consultation.
Interstaff is an Australian-owned and operated business specialising in providing comprehensive advice throughout all stages of the visa application and migration process. Since 1988, our leading visa agents in Sydney (by virtual office) have been helping individuals and businesses obtain a wide range of visas including temporary and permanent work visas, partner visas, student visas, and tourist visas. Our head office is situated in Perth, Western Australia and we offer our immigration and visa services to individuals and businesses both Australia-wide and internationally.
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.
For more information about how to stay in Australia through our Visa Extension Sydney services, please get in touch with our Registered Migration Agents on 1800 449 858 (Free Call Within Australia) or 02 7200 2567 (Sydney Office).
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