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Hi Everyone,

I have found this forum really helpful while my partner and I were making her 309 visa application. I noticed that there is very little information on the internet or the home affairs website about the travel facilitation letter. This can be requested for permanent and provisional visa holders who are having issues getting to Australia before their first entry date on their visa grant letter. I thought I would share our experience on here as a guide for what to expect if others need to apply for this letter:

THE PROCESS
We submitted the application through the home affairs website: Travel facilitation letter request form . It is available when the visa initial entry date has passed or will pass within 3 months. It asks some basic questions about what visa type you have, and your intentions for when you plan to travel. If you are eligible, it opens up a new set of questions starting with your initial entry date on your grant letter. It then asks for your location, personal and contact details, passport details and visa details. It also asks if you want to make an application for more than one person.

PROCESSING TIME
For us, we received a response in about a week. I haven't found much else on the internet to know if this is a long, short or average timeframe for this process.

RESPONSE
We received an email indicating that the application had been successful. The email included a facilitation letter as an attachment. This letter allows for an initial entry into Australia 12 months from the date of the facilitation letter, provided all other conditions of the visa are met and there is no other reason to cancel your visa.

To me, the most important thing to note here is that the facilitation letter was valid for 12 months from the date of grant, not 12 months from the initial latest entry date specified on the original visa grant notice.

We had no idea what the process for this form was or what the letter actually did if it was granted. Your experience may be different according to your circumstances but hopefully this helps to provide some clarity to anyone thinking of applying for the letter but are unsure when to do so or what assistance it provides if your application is successful.

Thanks everyone and best of luck.
 

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Thank you very much for sharing your experience!

My 309 visa has been granted recently and the last entry date for me will be in May 2022. However due to the Covid situation and some other circumstances, we would like to leave from Europe to Australia only in Fall 2022. Do you or someone on this forum know for how long the option to apply for the travel facilitation letter will be in place? Is this an ongoing option or only possible as long as the travel restrictions are in place in Australia?

Follow up questions unrelated to the travel facilitation letter would be - is it possible to only enter Australia to activate the visa before the first entry date and leave to my home country for a few months without repercussions to the visa? Is there a limit of how long you can stay outside of Australia on a 309 visa?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Hi,

I am in the same situation here, I got my 309 visa granted in Jan 2021 with a plan of going there in November 2021 but due to the ongoing border closure and caps on arrivals, our flights have been cancelled and I want to apply for an extension for the least entry date which is currently set for Jan 2022. Just not sure exactly when do I need to start the travel facilitation letter request form and how far will they push my last entry date (3 months, 6 months, 12 months?).

Thanks in advance,
Samantha
 

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My husband is in the same position, his initial entry date is January 2022, so I filled out the facilition letter form today, wondering how long they give you to get to Australia? We have a flight booked for April 2022?
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Has anyone applied for the extension recently and got it approved? We need to be in Aus for March and were hoping to extend due to difficulties getting home but now borders are open again we are worried that the extension will be harder to get. Any info would be helpful. Cheers
 

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Has anyone applied for the extension recently and got it approved? We need to be in Aus for March and were hoping to extend due to difficulties getting home but now borders are open again we are worried that the extension will be harder to get. Any info would be helpful. Cheers
Hello,
I applied about 2 weeks ago. Process went really fast. I submitted the Travel Facilitation Letter on a Monday and got the approval on a Wednesday so literally 48h! My advice is to do it whenever possible and you should obtain a year extension from the date of approval (not from the first entry date) We were worried as well as I needed to be in Oz mid January but it is now all resolved.
Hope this helps and good luck!
Cheers,
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Hello,
I applied about 2 weeks ago. Process went really fast. I submitted the Travel Facilitation Letter on a Monday and got the approval on a Wednesday so literally 48h! My advice is to do it whenever possible and you should obtain a year extension from the date of approval (not from the first entry date) We were worried as well as I needed to be in Oz mid January but it is now all resolved.
Hope this helps and good luck!
Cheers,
Samantha
Hi Samantha, thank you so much for your reply and the good news! Hopefully that stays the case for when we can apply next month. What grounds was your extension for? Is it simple enough to say that it's difficult getting a flight and it's expensive?
Thanks once again,
Darren
 

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Hi Samantha, thank you so much for your reply and the good news! Hopefully that stays the case for when we can apply next month. What grounds was your extension for? Is it simple enough to say that it's difficult getting a flight and it's expensive?
Thanks once again,
Darren
You don’t need ‘grounds’ - it’s a pretty much an automatic process.
 

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You don’t need ‘grounds’ - it’s a pretty much an automatic process.
Hi,

Paul is right, there is no grounds needed, they basically ask pretty simple straight forward questions such as you name, DOB and last entry date, also I you are planning on traveling to Oz in the next 12 months. That is all. You submit it and you should get a reponse fairly soon.
Good Luck !

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Hi Everyone,

I have found this forum really helpful while my partner and I were making her 309 visa application. I noticed that there is very little information on the internet or the home affairs website about the travel facilitation letter. This can be requested for permanent and provisional visa holders who are having issues getting to Australia before their first entry date on their visa grant letter. I thought I would share our experience on here as a guide for what to expect if others need to apply for this letter:

THE PROCESS
We submitted the application through the home affairs website: Travel facilitation letter request form . It is available when the visa initial entry date has passed or will pass within 3 months. It asks some basic questions about what visa type you have, and your intentions for when you plan to travel. If you are eligible, it opens up a new set of questions starting with your initial entry date on your grant letter. It then asks for your location, personal and contact details, passport details and visa details. It also asks if you want to make an application for more than one person.

PROCESSING TIME
For us, we received a response in about a week. I haven't found much else on the internet to know if this is a long, short or average timeframe for this process.

RESPONSE
We received an email indicating that the application had been successful. The email included a facilitation letter as an attachment. This letter allows for an initial entry into Australia 12 months from the date of the facilitation letter, provided all other conditions of the visa are met and there is no other reason to cancel your visa.

To me, the most important thing to note here is that the facilitation letter was valid for 12 months from the date of grant, not 12 months from the initial latest entry date specified on the original visa grant notice.

We had no idea what the process for this form was or what the letter actually did if it was granted. Your experience may be different according to your circumstances but hopefully this helps to provide some clarity to anyone thinking of applying for the letter but are unsure when to do so or what assistance it provides if your application is successful.

Thanks everyone and best of luck.
Hi Everyone,

I have found this forum really helpful while my partner and I were making her 309 visa application. I noticed that there is very little information on the internet or the home affairs website about the travel facilitation letter. This can be requested for permanent and provisional visa holders who are having issues getting to Australia before their first entry date on their visa grant letter. I thought I would share our experience on here as a guide for what to expect if others need to apply for this letter:

THE PROCESS
We submitted the application through the home affairs website: Travel facilitation letter request form . It is available when the visa initial entry date has passed or will pass within 3 months. It asks some basic questions about what visa type you have, and your intentions for when you plan to travel. If you are eligible, it opens up a new set of questions starting with your initial entry date on your grant letter. It then asks for your location, personal and contact details, passport details and visa details. It also asks if you want to make an application for more than one person.

PROCESSING TIME
For us, we received a response in about a week. I haven't found much else on the internet to know if this is a long, short or average timeframe for this process.

RESPONSE
We received an email indicating that the application had been successful. The email included a facilitation letter as an attachment. This letter allows for an initial entry into Australia 12 months from the date of the facilitation letter, provided all other conditions of the visa are met and there is no other reason to cancel your visa.

To me, the most important thing to note here is that the facilitation letter was valid for 12 months from the date of grant, not 12 months from the initial latest entry date specified on the original visa grant notice.

We had no idea what the process for this form was or what the letter actually did if it was granted. Your experience may be different according to your circumstances but hopefully this helps to provide some clarity to anyone thinking of applying for the letter but are unsure when to do so or what assistance it provides if your application is successful.

Thanks everyone and best of luck.
Thank you for this! I've just applied for the Travel Facilitation Letter and was wondering how long it will take and if it will be in time before my flight in 3 weeks. Thanks!
 

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Thank you very much for sharing your experience!

My 309 visa has been granted recently and the last entry date for me will be in May 2022. However due to the Covid situation and some other circumstances, we would like to leave from Europe to Australia only in Fall 2022. Do you or someone on this forum know for how long the option to apply for the travel facilitation letter will be in place? Is this an ongoing option or only possible as long as the travel restrictions are in place in Australia?

Follow up questions unrelated to the travel facilitation letter would be - is it possible to only enter Australia to activate the visa before the first entry date and leave to my home country for a few months without repercussions to the visa? Is there a limit of how long you can stay outside of Australia on a 309 visa?

Thanks in advance!
As far as I know, the option to apply for the travel facilitation letter will be available as long as you visa is valid. Also, yes, you can just enter the country to activate the visa and leave. There is no restrictions on that. All the best!
 

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Hi,

I am in the same situation here, I got my 309 visa granted in Jan 2021 with a plan of going there in November 2021 but due to the ongoing border closure and caps on arrivals, our flights have been cancelled and I want to apply for an extension for the least entry date which is currently set for Jan 2022. Just not sure exactly when do I need to start the travel facilitation letter request form and how far will they push my last entry date (3 months, 6 months, 12 months?).

Thanks in advance,
Samantha
I would suggest to only apply for the Travel Facilitation Letter once you know the date of entry. And according to the author of the original post, he said it took about one week to get it.
 

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Hi,

Paul is right, there is no grounds needed, they basically ask pretty simple straight forward questions such as you name, DOB and last entry date, also I you are planning on traveling to Oz in the next 12 months. That is all. You submit it and you should get a reponse fairly soon.
Good Luck !

Samantha
Excellent! Thank you so much.
 

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Thank you so much Paul. Much appreciated. Darren
Hey Darren, wondering if you apply for the facilitation letter and what's the response time now?

My dad's 143 visa also has a first entry date of Jan 2022 but because of the current covid situation in Australia it is so hard to get a flight. I am planning to apply for this week as we don't want to lose the visa :(..

Thanks in advance,
Jen
 

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Hey Darren, wondering if you apply for the facilitation letter and what's the response time now?

My dad's 143 visa also has a first entry date of Jan 2022 but because of the current covid situation in Australia it is so hard to get a flight. I am planning to apply for this week as we don't want to lose the visa :(..

Thanks in advance,
Jen
Hi Jen,
Reply time super quick. I think we applied on a Friday evening and was approved by the following Tuesday so 48 hours. We did this is late Dec so I don't think you'll have a problem.

Good luck with it!
Cheers, Darren
 

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Hi Jen,
Reply time super quick. I think we applied on a Friday evening and was approved by the following Tuesday so 48 hours. We did this is late Dec so I don't think you'll have a problem.

Good luck with it!
Cheers, Darren
Thanks Darren! Will lodge it tonight! :) Regards, Jen
 
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