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The Department has finally addressed the often asked issue of what happens if you cannot meet an Initial Entry Date on a permanent or provisional visa due to COVID. This form allows you to request a Travel Facilitation Letter and is for use once you have firm plans for getting to Australia. It’s fairly self-explanatory:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/travel-facilitation-letter-request-form

 

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Paul Hand

Registered Migration Agent, MARN 1801974

SunCoast Migration Ltd

All comments are general in nature and do not constitute legal or migration advice. Comments may not be applicable or appropriate to your specific situation. Any comments relate to legislation and policy at date of post. 

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On 14/11/2020 at 08:33, paulhand said:


The Department has finally addressed the often asked issue of what happens if you cannot meet an Initial Entry Date on a permanent or provisional visa due to COVID. This form allows you to request a Travel Facilitation Letter and is for use once you have firm plans for getting to Australia. It’s fairly self-explanatory:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/travel-facilitation-letter-request-form

 

From what I can see here this applies to the "family" visas (parent/partner/child) only.

I presume therefore that the process for those holding 190/189 has not changed 

 

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7 hours ago, Ausvisitor said:

From what I can see here this applies to the "family" visas (parent/partner/child) only.

I presume therefore that the process for those holding 190/189 has not changed 

 

Yes to both. Thanks for posting clarification. 

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SunCoast Migration Ltd

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Hi. Thank you posting this. Has anyone had any experience of using these new 'travel facilitation letter' request forms to get an extension on an initial entry date? And if so:

1. Was your travel extension granted? 

2. How long did it take the Department of Immigration take to grant your extension after you applied for it?

3. How long an extension were you granted?

My initial entry date isn't until April 2022 and I understand I can't apply for an extension to that date until 3 months prior it expiring. However, I would like to get an idea now how likely I would be to get the extension granted. I'll probably request 6 months for a variety of reasons.

Thanks!

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9 hours ago, ParkyandAmy said:

My initial entry date isn't until April 2022 and I understand I can't apply for an extension to that date until 3 months prior it expiring. However, I would like to get an idea now how likely I would be to get the extension granted. I'll probably request 6 months for a variety of reasons.

To be honest, I think it is pointless trying to speculate what the situation will be like a year from now. 


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SunCoast Migration Ltd

All comments are general in nature and do not constitute legal or migration advice. Comments may not be applicable or appropriate to your specific situation. Any comments relate to legislation and policy at date of post. 

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2 hours ago, paulhand said:

To be honest, I think it is pointless trying to speculate what the situation will be like a year from now. 

Fair enough, thank you. I will look at this again later in the year.  

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On 14/11/2020 at 08:33, paulhand said:


The Department has finally addressed the often asked issue of what happens if you cannot meet an Initial Entry Date on a permanent or provisional visa due to COVID. This form allows you to request a Travel Facilitation Letter and is for use once you have firm plans for getting to Australia. It’s fairly self-explanatory:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/travel-facilitation-letter-request-form

 

Is the idea behind this to allow you to secure an extension to your Initial Entry Date, or to get some sort of priority so as to allow you to meet your existing Initial Entry Date? From your post I assume the former but calling it a Travel "Facilitation" Letter makes me wonder?

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1 hour ago, bowbow said:

Is the idea behind this to allow you to secure an extension to your Initial Entry Date, or to get some sort of priority so as to allow you to meet your existing Initial Entry Date? From your post I assume the former but calling it a Travel "Facilitation" Letter makes me wonder?

It’s the former and ‘facilitation’ refers to facilitating you being allowed to board an aircraft after your most not arrive by date has expired on the system. 

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SunCoast Migration Ltd

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14 hours ago, paulhand said:

It’s the former and ‘facilitation’ refers to facilitating you being allowed to board an aircraft after your most not arrive by date has expired on the system. 

Got it, thank you. 

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