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G'day

Wondering if anyone could advise me on this. I'd like to get some sort of multiple-entry visa for my parents to come over and visit us for a couple of years. Is there a way we can get this visa validity for more than 1 year, or do we have to be contented with 1 year and keep extending/renewing it at the end ?

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I've seen on another forum that a person applying for a 676tourist visa of 12 months can actually get up to two years out of one.

The applicant in question received the reply as quoted below from immigration.
Immigration and Citizenship

Date: 11 September 2009

I refer to the application for a Class TR (Tourist) visa for ...MR BLOGS..................................

I am pleased to advise that ..MR BLOGS.......................... has been granted a Subclass 676 Tourist visa.

This letter contains important information about the period for which the Subclass 676 Tourist visa is in effect and conditions that attach to that visa. As the visa holder, ........MR.......BLOGS............................ ............ should carefully read and understand the information provided in this letter. If the visa holder has any concerns or questions about the information provided in this letter, they should contact the office that granted the visa before travelling to Australia.

It is recommended that the visa holder keeps a copy of this letter for their personal records and should also carry this letter with them when they are in Australia.

If the visa holder is travelling to Australia with members of their immediate family who also applied for a Tourist visa over the Internet, they also must have received a letter advising them of a visa grant.

VISA INFORMATION

As this Subclass 676 Tourist visa has been granted electronically, the visa holder will not have a visa label placed in their passport. The visa and passport details are electronically recorded on the Australian Entry System for visitors. When the visa holder arrives at an airport to check-in on a flight to Australia, the airline check-in staff can electronically confirm that the visa holder has authority to travel to, enter and remain in Australia.

Visa grant number:

The visa grant number is a unique number that was assigned to this Subclass 676 Tourist visa when it was granted.. The visa holder should keep this number with them as they may have to provide it to an officer of the Department while they are in Australia.

The visa grant number/s associated with this application is/are:

Period for which the visa is to remain in effect

The Subclass 676 Tourist visa allows the visa holder to travel to and enter Australia on more than 1 occasion until 11 September 2010. The visa holder is permitted to remain in Australia, after each entry, for a period of 12 Months.

Please note that in some circumstances the number of occasions the visa holder is permitted to travel to and enter Australia and/or the period within which the visa holder is permitted to remain in Australia, will differ from what was requested by the visa holder in his/her Class TR visa application. The number of occasions the visa applicant is permitted to travel to and enter Australia and/or the period within which the visa holder is permitted to remain in Australia cannot be changed once the visa has been granted.

It is important that the visa holder does not remain in Australia after their Subclass 676 Tourist visa ceases. If they do so, they will become an unlawful non-citizen and must be detained and removed from Australia (unless they make a valid application for, and are granted, a visa of another class).

Visa Conditions:

The Subclass 676 Tourist visa has been granted with the following conditions.

NO WORK - 8101

You must not engage in work in Australia. "Work" means an activity that, in Australia, normally attracts remuneration.

MAXIMUM 3 MONTHS STUDY - 8201

While in Australia you must not engage in any studies or training for more than 3 months.

X-RAY IF INTEND TO STUDY - 8205

If you are at least 11 years of age and you intend to study in a class-room environment for a period greater than 4 weeks, you must, before commencing that study, pass a chest X-ray examination carried out by a medical practitioner who is qualified as a radiologist.

NO FURTHER STAY - 8503

You will not be entitled to be granted a substantive visa other than a Protection visa, while you remain in Australia.

It is very important that the visa holder understands and abides by their visa conditions. If the visa holder does not abide by their visa conditions, their visa may be cancelled and they will become an unlawful non-citizen and must be detained and removed from Australia (unless they make a valid application for, and are granted, a visa of another class).

If the visa holder has any questions or concerns about when their visa is in effect and/or their visa conditions, they should e-mail the Helpdesk at [email protected] or contact an office of the Department. For contact details go to Contact Us - Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Responses on that forum from people having done the same and others with knowledge of it having been done, including a Registered Migration Agent confirmed that yep, with the wording as it is, as long as the last exit/entry meant they were back in Oz within the 12 months expiry date, they could stay up to 12 months longer.

If they wanted to exit again in that period, they would be up for applying for another visa - if it was possible to again get a 676 tourist visa, they could possibly do a repeat, however it would be up to immi to decide just how much the intent was to be for living here or in fact to be visiting - but coming and going may satisfy them on that score.
 

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G'day

Wondering if anyone could advise me on this. I'd like to get some sort of multiple-entry visa for my parents to come over and visit us for a couple of years. Is there a way we can get this visa validity for more than 1 year, or do we have to be contented with 1 year and keep extending/renewing it at the end ?

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DLD
As well as looking at Tourist visas would there be anyway you could work a Family Visa? I organised my move through Konnecting and I noticed they have a page to do with them if you want some different information.

The laws shouldn't make things as difficult as this! Good luck!
 

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It is true lizn that family visas are available for more the PR approach and that immigration agents such as the one you used and others can help people process them.

But the reality for now is that a Contributory Parent visa is quite expensive with a wait of something like nearly two years at the moment I think, so lots of flights could be paid for is how some look at those.

And then the standard Parent visa has a wait time of something like 7-8 years at the moment.

The separation of younger sections of families from older grand parents is a difficult area for the government to govern and they do need to consider their overall policy implications, ie. immigration is designed amongst other things to have more young people arrive in Australia to assist balancing an ageing population.
 
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