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Old 01-07-2013, 11:16 PM
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Tourist Visa Maximum Duration

Hi,

Has anyone heard of a tourist or family visit visa being granted for a duration of 2 years?

I thought they were a maximum of 1 year, with the duration of each visit varying from 3 - 6 months.

Apparently someone I know has obtained a 2 year tourist/family visa (not a parent visa) for a parent to come and visit, the person is on a student visa here currently. I was a bit surprised, but if its true then I'm going to try myself!

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There are new provisions for the parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents that provide for a 5 year tourist visa (12 months max per stay) for parents who are currently in the Parent visa queue (15 year wait!), and a 3-year tourist visa (again 12 months max per stay) for parents of Australian citizens or PR who are not in the Parent visa queue.

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Thanks for the info Mark.
So it sounds from that that these two new options are only available for PR holders or citizens. I'm still just trying to work out how someone on a student visa can get their parent over...for 2 years! I can't find any info at all on the Immi website for this. Maybe it's just a Chinese whisper!


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Thanks for the info Mark.
So it sounds from that that these two new options are only available for PR holders or citizens. I'm still just trying to work out how someone on a student visa can get their parent over...for 2 years! I can't find any info at all on the Immi website for this. Maybe it's just a Chinese whisper!
Maybe you should check with your friend, he may have read the conditions wrongly and he should know about it before he runs into trouble.

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Yesss....I could do that Kttykat :-) But I was trying to discretely find out from this forum's wealth of knowledge whether this person was telling me the truth or not ;-) From the sounds of it they've either had a very, very friendly Immi officer that was just handing out lengthy visa's that day or they are telling me a little white lie for some unknown reason!

If anyone else has experienced a longer than normal duration of a tourist visa granted I'd like to hear from them. Especially if they are student visa holders and not PR/citizens.

Thanks anyway.


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Hi Gingerboy -

The scenario you describe, with "sponsorship" by a student visa holder who is not a permanent resident or citizen of Australia, is interesting.

Student visa holders are unable to sponsor for things like the parent visa, sponsored family visitor visa (subclass 679), etc. Student visa holders are able to include on their applications, in some cases, dependent family members (can be declared on initial student visa application as non-migrating, then a visa applied for later to come to Australia for the balance of the stay of the primary student visa holder) - so it's possible that the parent was granted a visa under that method for the duration of the student's current student visa, which could be for years. Another way this might be done is with a subclass 580 student guardian visa (if the student is under 18 years of age), but severe limitations apply to this visa.

But in terms of the rest of the visitor visa options, there is no sponsorship involved per se - an applicant is evaluated for a visa that's generally 12 months or less in duration, with multiple entries often allowed (each stay up to 3 months, etc).

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That's interesting stuff, thanks Mark.

I didn't realise a parent could come over on the back of a student visa (except the student guardian - for which this person doesnt qualify anyway as they are over 18), so perhaps that's what he's done.

Can you tell me the subclass number of the one you mentioned please? Not the guardian one. I'll see if they do fit into that category.


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Hi Gingerboy -

While "family members" (typically a spouse and/or dependent children) can apply as secondary applicants on a student visas (the most common subclasses are 570 (ELICOS), 571 (Schools), 572 (VET/Trade school), 573 (higher ed) and 574 (Postgraduate)) it would have to be a very unusual dependency situation, I would think, where a parent could somehow qualify as a secondary applicant. Would take research and a careful read of the regulations to see if this is somehow possible.

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I see. And if the parent is a third person? I.e. there are already 2 applicants on the student visa here, is a 3rd family member even possible? It all just seems a bit far fetched to me, and if I was an Immi employee I'd be having a good look at this particular application.


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If the third member was a child, it's possible, but the secondary applicants regulations on student visas are pretty restrictive - for instance, any secondary applicants must be declared on the original student visa applications as non-migrating family members or they may be ineligible to be added later on as a secondary applicant, etc.

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