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Stephen

Visa - Family Visiting Australia

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My family and I live in Australia ( QLD ) and we are having my wife's Mum come to visit and stay with us. She is 71 yrs old and in very good health.

 

It appears she can get a 3 month visa with no real problems, but to apply for a 6 month visa, she is expected to meets lots of criteria; provide a medical cert, have private health insurance & be able to demonstrate £5000 in an English account. We know that you can apply for a visa extension, so our dilemma is ....do we jump through hoops and try to get the 6month visa or get the simple 3month visa and attempt the extension once she is here.???!! The DIAC have advised that visa extensions are usually granted, but we didn't really want to blatantly cheat the system..!?!

 

Any advice is most welcome..!!.

 

 

Stephen...

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I would try getting a 6 month visa if the stay is definitely going to be longer than 3 months, because if you do apply for a 3 month visa, and if condition 8503 (No further stay) is imposed, I believe you cannot apply for an extension (I may be wrong here).

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I think that visa gives you as many trips as you like in a 12 month period, max individual stay 3 months, So you could ship her off shore for 24 hours every 3 months effectively, in that 12 month period.. :chatterbox:


In sunny Townsville... :wink:

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