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Old 12-22-2019, 03:03 PM
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My wife finally got her permanent residence visa under my sponsorship. According to the immigration letter sent by Department of Home Affairs, it'll be valid till 2024. But her first visit to Australia must be by November 2020. Since we both have parents still living in Vietnam and our limited budget at this moment cannot afford sponsoring for them, it's likely that we and our child may need to go back to Vietnam to visit them every year (maybe for observing the Lunar New Year).

From what I understand, in order to be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship, a permanent residence visa holder must at least stay in Australia for 4 years. I've also heard that during that 4-year period, a permanent resident may leave Australia for short amounts of time and there are limits for each absence. May I know is that true? And if so what are those limits? If not, does that mean my wife needs to stay in Australia for at least 4 consecutive years in order to be eligible for applying for Australian citizenship?

Can someone please provide us advises for this matter? Thanks.


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It’s 4 years lawful presence in Australia, of which 12 months as a permanent resident .

And not been away from Australia for more than 12 months in total in the past 4 years, including no more than 90 days in total in the past 12 months.

Regular yearly visits to Vietnam won’t be a problem as long as you meet the timeframes above.

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It's all here:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/citi...nt#Eligibility


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And not been away from Australia for more than 12 months in total in the past 4 years, including no more than 90 days in total in the past 12 months.
So this means we can go back to visit our parents each year as long as the total time of all our visits must not be over 12 months? And each our visit must not be over 90 days (from the date we leave Australia)?


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Any one visit (except the one in the 12 months before applying) can be over 3 months as long as the total is not more than 12 months.

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