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Hello all

Trying to understand how my next few years will play out.

So I will enter Australia on 13 February for the start of my 309. I applied for it March 14, 2017 and was granted 18 July 2017.

So as long as paperwork is ready (and relationship still good and proven), my 100 visa will be granted 13 February 2020 or 14 March 2019?

From whenever my 100 starts, do I have four years with no longer than 12 months out of the country, or is it four years from when I enter next month?

After that four years, whenever it starts, am I free to live where I like with no restrictions? Or is that only if I apply for and receive citizenship? (I haven't looked much at whether citizenship will be a big benefit or not)

I ask because I would like to live in Canada again at some point in my life, but don't want to risk ever having to apply for an Australian visa again.

Thanks if you're able to give a quick summary for me!
 

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You are eligable for the 100 as of 14 March 2019 however chances are processing won't occur for another 12+ months beyond that.

omce you have permanent residency granted you have indefinite leave to remain. However the travel facility expires after 5 years. Once this occurs you will need to apply for a resident return visa. Have a read of this link on RRV and come back with any questions in relation to it https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/155-

Citizenship is the only way to be guaranteed entry at an Australian port. Although it is unlikely you will ever have an issue on an permanent residency visa. You are free to live where you wish within that 4 years however the RRV could be an issue for you at any point, I suggest you fully understand that process then work out if citizenship is the better route - it appears it may be.

There are further technicalitys with getting back onshore without an RRV but I don't understand them very well.

Sorry this reply is a little jumbled!
 

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Thank you very much, Mania!

Ok, so the 100 won't come automatically, that's good to know and I didn't realise until you said that!

Perhaps it's because of stress of the impending move, but let me just clarify - four years starts on my PR and not next month when I enter and begin my 309? And in that four years, I have to be in the country at least 12 months, including three months in my final year?

Perhaps citizenship would be worth it so I don't get caught up in future, and having to renew every five years!

I appreciate the help!
 

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Perhaps it's because of stress of the impending move, but let me just clarify - four years starts on my PR and not next month when I enter and begin my 309? And in that four years, I have to be in the country at least 12 months, including three months in my final year
Your 309 visa gives you indefinite leave to remain until such a time as a decision is made on your 100.

When you say 4 years what is this in regard to?

Your travel facility will last for 5 years on your 100 visa.

Your 100 visa will last indefinitely.

To be eligable for an RRV you need to be resident for 2/5 years once your 100 visa is granted. (Note there are other time scales that are relevant if you are unable to meet this criteria).

To be eligable for citizenship you need to have been on a valid visa for 4 years. The 1 year immediately prior to applying must be on a permanent residency visa (100 in your case), you must have been in the country for at least 9 of the 12 months immediately before applying and can't have been absent for a period of longer then 12 cumulative months in those 4 years.

Hopefully that explains it a bit better? (Sorry I didn't totally understand your question).

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***Note certain political party's want to change the citizenship process and as such this info could potentially change during 2018***
 

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2 years after the date of application for your 309 you will need to submit further evidence of your continuing relationship. Note immigration won't send you a reminder for this, you need to keep track of this date.
 

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2 years after the date of application for your 309 you will need to submit further evidence of your continuing relationship. Note immigration won't send you a reminder for this, you need to keep track of this date.
This is very helpful, thanks for clarifying!
 
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