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Hi guys,

Im wondering if it is possible to get a tourist visa when my WHV finishes? Would it require me to leave the country to apply or can i just get it added on when my visa finishes? Also, what are the chances of being able to get one longer than 3 months? i know there is a 6 and 12 month option but i think they may only be in special circumstances?

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Hi guys,

Im wondering if it is possible to get a tourist visa when my WHV finishes? Would it require me to leave the country to apply or can i just get it added on when my visa finishes? Also, what are the chances of being able to get one longer than 3 months? i know there is a 6 and 12 month option but i think they may only be in special circumstances?

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You'll have to leave and depending on whether it's east or west people would usually consider New Zealand or Bali/Singapore etc.
For NZ you need to either do it a few days or so before your WHV finishes for they require you to have a flight out booked to a country you have a right of return to and an airline will not allow you to board unless that appears to be so, or alternately you book a refundable ticket from NZ to Fiji for a month or so after NZ arrival date and then on arrival in NZ you put in your ETA/eVisa or longer term tourist visa application.

What you get as far as going for a longer term tourist visa will depend on what you can show in way of funding and reasoning for first concern of Immi is that someone just finished a WHV might have further plans on working.

If you have done more work than seeing the country on your WHV and can show that you have funds and something of a travel plan you'll stand best chance, but do not arrive back with any business cards or other work related stuff with you for that'll just raise the stakes re suspicion of intent if you're queried by Immi and that'll be most likely.
 

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hi i've been reading you comment for the last fews days and i' m a little bit confused about what to do.

I applied for a de facto, they told me to withdrawn my application because i didn't meet the 12 months relationship, my WHV is ending in 2 weeks i need to apply for a new de facto in february so my plan is to leave for nz this friday and ask for a tourist visa.

first i call the immigraion and don t know to much if i ask for a tourist visa it ll cancelled my whv or should i contact someone to cancel my whv before asking for a tourist visa
Which tourist visa should i ask, scared of the mention no further stay ? i just need to stay until february to ask for my new de facto and hope for a bridging visa for later ( pb my boyfriend and i plan to go to france for christmas so we have a flight return for the 25th of december that's why i really need to go back to oz to catch my plane)

and to finish i'm scared to do not have the possibility to go back to oz after my trip in france because i'm not planing to get a flight return.

i really have a short time to think and to react and every thing looks so complicated

desperate for a quick answer

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It was kind of them to allow you to withdraw your application for without the 12 months relationship being met, you would have just had the application rejected and lose your fee.
So taking your NZ trip and giving yourself a week before the WHV ends is a good plan for starters.
If a new visa is granted, it will override your WHV and so I would go to a travel agent on arrival there and have them process an ETA for you - ETA (Visitor) (Subclass 976)
[ If you do it yourself, it will default to an eVisa and that may not be a problem as they seem to be getting issued with same conditions as ETAs now. ]
So if you like you could go online and apply.
If the system will not allow you to apply it will be because the WHV will not automatically cancel and so you would need to contact Immi to do that first but not before you enter NZ.
You could however give them a ring on 131881 or pop into an office if handy and ask them beforehand whether the WHV will cancel on a new application or whether you will need to send them an email once you get to NZ.

As long as you have reasonable funds and the reason for returning from NZ and France is so you have some more time for seeing Australia with your Bf and visiting him if the question is asked, it should not be a problem for re-entry, the ETA definitely allowing multiple entries and possibly also the eVisa if issued with same conditions but the eta is possibly more certain to not have a No Further Stay condition which is what you will want to apply onshore for a partner visa when you have the 12 months together.
Enjoy hopefully a white Xmas and do post about whether an ETA application in NZ does cancel the WHV for the question has been raised a few times.
 

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thanks for that, unfortunately i didn't get my money back, I'll have to pay again.

Why choosing the ETA 976 and not 676 ? i check on the immi website and they said on 976 there is no extension possible ( i don't understand , extension with another ETA or with another visa) I really need to know wich one is the best for my situation i need a tourist visa with no further stay like this i can apply for a de facto after.
It s so complicated !!!
 

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Not so good on having paid the fee then but that happens when people apply without meeting requirements.
A 676 can likely have a No Further Stay condition on it whereas the ETA will not.
The ETA is valid for 12 months and allows you the multiple entries you seek, one to return from NZ and another to return from France.
 
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