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Old 06-30-2010, 03:50 PM
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Hi Dawn,

I don't know the answer to your first question, but personally I would not risk what you suggest. I'm sure if it is allowed someone will come on here and tell us though.

Re funds, I can't find it now, but I'm sure that I read somewhere the figure of $250 a week minimum. This doesn't just have to be in savings, I also submitted a couple of credit card statements which show a the limit, and emails from friends confirming an offer of accomodation.

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Originally Posted by 90210_Dawn View Post
Two questions related to long term tourist visa 676:
1) the No Work requirement: I am a US citizen and I am coming to Australia to do the tourist thing as well as train and compete as an amateur in area triathlons. (I already looked into the sport visa and don't have enough international acclaim.) I have a job in the US that would allow me to work from Australia if I ask -- is this a "No, No" even though no Aussie company would be paying me? Would just rather not take a long term leave of absence... My job is the sort that has no customer and would require no Australian resources beyond internet access.

2) There is no mention of what amount of savings is "adequate" for funding a 6-12 month stay. My room and board will be covered by an Australian citizen (friend) so my only expenses will by my transportation/touring costs and triathlon expenses. Would having my room and board covered factor in to how much money I show I have accessible in the bank?
1. The restriction re not working in Australia Dawn means not being employed here working for wages and what you arrange to do re your US employer is between them and you but if it meant conducting any business here that would be breaching the restriction.
Using the internet to keep in touch with people/systems overseas or whatever is OK.
2. An ammount of $250/w is probably that considered a bare minimum for backpackers doing it on the cheap and though doable it'd certainly mean doing everything cheap but if you have accommodation, that is a reasonable ammount.
As PZ indicates, having a credit card with available balance can be used if need be to show funds available and you could always indicate you'll be on paid leave of a sorts if need be without going into detail of what you'll be doing to save unsettling anyone.

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