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Old 11-07-2015, 03:54 PM
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Exclamation Applying for visa extension, subclass 600

Hi, I would love some advice as to what my possible choices are?

My girlfriend from Philippines came here August on a multiple entry Tourist Visa subclass 600 valid for a year (3 months per entry) 8503 was not imposed.

She is to leave in a few weeks which has brought about a few problems aside from not wanting to be apart, as a policeman I had not really taken into account all my work days into her vacation which has resulted in her being stuck in the house most of the time until my days off come. So weve decided shell just come back after a few weeks in Philippines to restart the 3-month entry rule.

BUT we also have a massive family gathering to attend in the UK in July 2016 which means if she came in January, shed have to leave again in April and re-enter so we can both travel to UK from the same point.

All this travelling back and forth will cost us both big bucks and my question is if applying for an 8-month extension to enable her to be here until we leave for UK is an option? My only reason for IMMI gov. for this would be that it would save us money as she will not have to go back and forth.


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Old 11-07-2015, 10:58 PM
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Why don't you give it a go online? 8503 not imposed means she can apply onshore and it takes around 1-2 weeks processing time last time i checked.

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Old 11-07-2015, 11:24 PM
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There is a reason why only 3 month stays are granted and it is unlikely that any "extension" will be for more than 3 months.

Note also that if a new tourist visa is granted, it will immediately replace the current one and may come with a " no further stay condition".

Onshore applications cost $ 335.00 and you can always give it a shot, but keep in mind that you might end up worse off and that it may be better to stick with what you have, despite the disadvantages.

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Old 11-08-2015, 01:14 AM
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The other option was to just go for a weekend somewhere closer than Philippines which I think is putting her at more risk of being questioned.

As for ending up worse, if the visa extension is denied would her current visa be cancelled?

The visa extension is really appealing because we'd rather the money to spent in all the AU>PH travelling be spent on UK!


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You can go somewhere closer like Bali, NZ or PNG, but DIBP is looking for some " balance" between visits. Typically you would give it weeks or even a few months, although people sometimes manage to return after only a few days without being hassled. I wouldn't count on it though. Also make sure to allow sufficient time to depart in case of flight delays or cancellations ( volcanoes).

I recently got one of my Filipino clients a 3 month tourist visa after her overseas "agent" stuffed up her application. After she left Australia, we applied for another tourist visa with 6 month stay, but were granted a 12 month multiple entry with max. 3 months stay instead, which seems to be the norm.

If the onshore application is refused, then the existing visa is not affected, if it is still in effect. However, if the 3 month stay period has expired before the new application has been decided, then she will be on a bridging visa. In that case, if the new application is refused, the original tourist visa would have expired and you end up with nothing.

You may be better off planning around the existing situation.

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According to her VEVO she has till December 8 to be here, if she applied and it's not been decided by then she'd be on a bridging visa, correct? So if it's rejected then she would have to go home and the current 12 month visa will be ineffective and she'd have to apply for a new visa.

Is this right?

That would mean then if I don't want to risk her current 12 month one then we'd have to stick to her leaving for a month every 3 months?


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Yes, you are correct.

As a registered migration agent I am fairly risk adverse.It is up to you to weigh up the pros and cons. The current tourist visa will expire if the holder does not leave after 3 months.

At the moment you know what you've got, but you don't know what you will get. That's the problem.

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Old 11-08-2015, 02:40 AM
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I understand then. I will discuss this with her then and see, we'd have to decide sooner rather than later.

It just didn't seem fair as she has been cooped up here while I'm at work.

I have to ask though of how inadvisable the exiting for a few days is? We've both read accounts of filipinas/Asians (high risk) leaving for 2 days and some even just staying in the airport in NZ till their flight came a few hours later and not being questioned?


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Again it is one of those things that can't be predicted. I have had clients who had no problem at all returning within days, while others were given the third degree. In my view a minimum 2 week visit to another destination is safer than trying to return the next day, but there is no golden rule and there is no saying that it can't be done. Just keep in mind that Border Force is now running the show, so who knows what their policies are on this.

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