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Hi, My family and I were granted our visas (189 for me) almost 2 years ago, and we had planned on emigrating at the start of 2021 from the UK to Australia. However, due to Corona Virus and travel restrictions in place does anybody know if you can still travel to Australia or must you have an exemption to be able to enter? I am trying to work out our timeline for moving and could push back the move till Summer 2021, however, I am still uncertain whether we would be allowed in unless I can secure a Travel Exemption. My working visa is based on me working as a Civil Engineer. I have researched the immigration website and can't find any clear answers or contact details so that I can ask the question. Furthermore, we need to have moved to Australia by October 2021 so that we can ensure we have lived in Australia for 2 out of the 5 years the visa is valid so we can more easily apply for a resident return visa after that date, hence why I am concerned about how our planned move to Australia will go now. I'd be grateful for any advice if anybody else is in a similar position and has found the answers I was unable to. Many thanks, Sarah
Mischiefshoes posted a topic in Visa ChatAnyone had success being granted COVID 19 Excemption to leave. My husband and I are both dual citizens of Australia and UK and need to return to the UK in July and not return until the end of Nov 2020 on compassionate grounds. I lost my Dad in the UK to Covid 19 in April and had a funeral via zoom. We now need to bury his ashes,deal with his affairs and clear his house and care for my widowed mother in law who is in her 70's. We have applied to Home Affairs online twice, the first time we were rejected due to insufficient information. I deally we want to return and not give up our jobs however we have heard of people being allowed to leave if they say they are not coming back and can show proof of resigning from their jobs and giving up their homes. How has anyone done this? We totally understand and appreciate the Govt not wanting people to move around the World on a whim and the issue of the cost for the quarantine on our return ( we would be happy to contribute to this). However, the lack of information, feedback or policy is very stressful..