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Old 07-13-2020, 10:46 AM
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Visa Extension during COVID-19

I am sure that it is a very confusing and uncertain time right now for everyone and we all just need to hang in there until the time past. I know many people are in the same situation as I am, however, I want to see if I can get some advice from the forum.

I am currently on visa 485 Temporary Graduate visa after completing my Commercial Cookery course back in December 2018. My current status is I have completed my TRA as chef and I have gathered up 70pts (working on re-taking my English test to get to 80pts). Unfortunately, 80pts is the maximum that I can get (30 age, 20 English, 15 Bachelor degree, 5 study in Australia, 5 working exp, 5 partner with competent English). I have went ahead anyways to express an interest on SkillSelect on 28 June 2020 for Visa 189, Victoria 190/491, and NSW 190. I know I have a low chance of being invited, but I'll take the chance anyways. I am currently in Victoria and I am still employed as a full time chef. However, I am stood down and just waiting for my restaurant to open back up (also applying for other job opportunities as well).

My dilema is here. My 485 expires on 4 October 2020. There's no flight leaving Australia and I'm sure US has closed their borders as well. I've read information about student and working holiday visas being able to apply for extension but I haven't heard anything about 485 being able to seek for extension. Does anyone know the most up to date information on visa 485 and if there are possibilities of applying for extension? If so, who can I contact and how can I contact?

Thank you in advance and I hope that replies in this thread can help others out if they are struggling with 485 as well.


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Old 07-13-2020, 10:51 AM
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Hello, I am unable to answer your question I'm sorry but yes as you mention, hang in there!

My wife is awaiting further information/result of her 309/100 visa... COVID-19 has certainly thrown a wrench in for people looking at all types of visas.

I wish you the best of luck.


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Old 07-13-2020, 11:00 AM
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You cannot apply for an extension - you will need to find a new, suitable visa. If your employer is willing to sponsor you, you may have options there. It would make sense to get some professional assistance.

There are flights operating to the USA and US citizens are able to enter, so returning there does remain an option.

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Old 07-13-2020, 11:14 AM
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You cannot apply for an extension - you will need to find a new, suitable visa. If your employer is willing to sponsor you, you may have options there. It would make sense to get some professional assistance.

There are flights operating to the USA and US citizens are able to enter, so returning there does remain an option.
Thank you for the information. If I do decide to depart upon visa expiration, will that hinder my chances if I do get invited to apply for any of the visas that I have expressed an interest in? Will they invite people that are offshore? To my understanding, all skilled migration visas are on hold right now, so I guess there's no chance of being invited before my visa expires...


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Old 07-14-2020, 12:28 AM
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Unfortunately my friend you are in the weird window of opportunity as the commonwealth will not provide ceilings until sometime in October, but some states are saying they will be resuming invites sometime in August, but depending on commonwealth ceilings: so I wouldn't count on an invite. The US borders are open for you to fly home and no, should you get an invite then you will be fine to apply from offshore.

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Old 07-14-2020, 05:53 AM
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but some states are saying they will be resuming invites sometime in August, but depending on commonwealth ceilings: so I wouldn't count on an invite.
Hey, just wondering which states are considering opening in August ike you mentioned?


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