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Travel exemption to leave Australia for more than 30 days

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Hi all,

My family (wife and 2 children) are in the process of arranging a permanent move back to the UK. She is Japanese so we are applying for a UK visa.

The current stipulations about leaving Australia for more than 30 days appear a little ambiguous.

My family are all citizens or permanent residents of Australia. The government website advises exemptions are provided if:

https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/leaving-australia#toc-7

  • you are travelling outside Australia for a compelling reason for three months or longer

 

Does anyone have any experience of what a 'compelling reason' is?

The UK visa is very expensive and I don't want to fail at the last hurdle by not being allowed out of the country by the Australian government. To be clear, we will all have a one way ticket, relevant passports or visa for UK. I will have also quit my job and terminated my rental contract.

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, are there an keys words to include on the exemption request?

Warm regards,

Ash

 

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The first thing is to complete the Statutory Declaration on the official form and have it witnessed by a JP as required.  

Your compelling reason is that you are leaving to live permanently in the UK.  

The important thing is to provide evidence.   You attach evidence that you have genuinely wound up your life in Australia - a copy of your notice to your employer and to your landlord, a copy of the confirmed quote for shipping all your belongings, and anything else you can think of.  

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There's a really good facebook group called 'Australian Travel & Exemption Support' which is very active. People give information as they are approved - including the documents they provided, the text they included in their stat decs and any tips and tricks they've picked up. I'd highly recommend a look!

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7 minutes ago, RoEire said:

There's a really good facebook group called 'Australian Travel & Exemption Support' which is very active. People give information as they are approved - including the documents they provided, the text they included in their stat decs and any tips and tricks they've picked up. I'd highly recommend a look!

If you're moving permanently and provide convincing evidence to that effect, you're not likely to need any tips and tricks.    It's people who need to leave temporarily who are facing huge hurdles. 


Scot by birth, emigrated 1985 | Aussie husband applied UK spouse visa Jan 2015, granted March 2015, moved to UK May 2015 | Returned to Oz June 2016

"The stranger who comes home does not make himself at home but makes home itself strange." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

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Just now, Marisawright said:

If you're moving permanently and provide convincing evidence to that effect, you're not likely to need any tips and tricks.    It's people who need to leave temporarily who are facing huge hurdles. 

I've seen people on there who have applied for permanent moves and been rejected, where others were able to give them advice, so I still think it's worth it for tips about what documents to provide.

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State: VIC
Birth Country: LR
Stream: 457 - 186 TRT
Number of applicants: 2
Nomination & Application Submitted: 13th of November 2018

Nomination approved on the 14 May 2019 

Visa Approved on : 14 May 2019
 

Citizenship Applied: 15 May 2020

Interview Scheduled: 26 Apr 2021, brought forward to 21 Apr 2021.

Approved on 21 Apr 2021, Awaiting Ceremony in Port Phillip, VIC.

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Thank you all for the feedback. I've looked at the FB group  'Australian Travel & Exemption Support' and it is a great source of information. There doesn't seem to be any certainty of approval even if it is a 1 way move. I'll update in a few week after I've received an approval or rejection!

Ash

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14 hours ago, Ashmandu said:

Thank you all for the feedback. I've looked at the FB group  'Australian Travel & Exemption Support' and it is a great source of information. There doesn't seem to be any certainty of approval even if it is a 1 way move. I'll update in a few week after I've received an approval or rejection!

Ash

I think if you have the evidence of ending your lease, quitting your job, chucking many £££s at the UK govt for a visa etc. you should be fine.  Seems to me lots of people are applying before they have done any of those things, and that is much harder.

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10 hours ago, Jon the Hat said:

I think if you have the evidence of ending your lease, quitting your job, chucking many £££s at the UK govt for a visa etc. you should be fine.  Seems to me lots of people are applying before they have done any of those things, and that is much harder.

I think that's true.    I know one person who got refused because they didn't complete the statutory declaration, and another refused because he just submitted the statutory declaration and no evidence.  I keep being told about all these people who get refused when moving permanently, but when I ask for concrete examples, no one can give me one.  It always turns out that they failed to provide some or all of the evidence.    Not denying there are many being denied for temporary moves, of course.

The good thing is that applying costs nothing and if you're denied, you can apply again immediately.

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