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Old 07-08-2010, 01:36 AM
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Hello,

I've searched a little but couldn't find a similar situation to mine, though I'm sure they exist.

My wife was granted permanent residency to Australia 10 years ago. We were successful in having it extended for another 5 years, 4.5 years ago but we are still not residing in Australia and the visa is up for renewal again. My worry is she won't be able to get another extension as nearly 10 years have past and she hasn't moved there yet, other than for short holidays.

We've been putting off the move as we simply feel the cost of living in Australia is out of control. We have been living in Japan for nearly 15 years and cost of living has actually reduced in that time, as have my wages, so moving to Australia is going to really hurt the hip pocket. We've been hoping the Australian market would have pulled back a little by now.

Anyway, to strengthen our case, we have two children who carry dual citizenship. Our elder daughter is in her 2nd year of junior high and will graduate in 1 1/2 years so that's our next chance of moving otherwise it'll be after she graduates from high school in 4 1/2 years.

My question is, are we likely to be refused a permanent residency visa extension? If yes, would my wife moving to Australia by herself or with our younger child strengthen her case?

Looking forward to people's comments, experiences and advice. Thanks


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Hello,

I've searched a little but couldn't find a similar situation to mine, though I'm sure they exist.

My wife was granted permanent residency to Australia 10 years ago. We were successful in having it extended for another 5 years, 4.5 years ago but we are still not residing in Australia and the visa is up for renewal again. My worry is she won't be able to get another extension as nearly 10 years have past and she hasn't moved there yet, other than for short holidays.

We've been putting off the move as we simply feel the cost of living in Australia is out of control. We have been living in Japan for nearly 15 years and cost of living has actually reduced in that time, as have my wages, so moving to Australia is going to really hurt the hip pocket. We've been hoping the Australian market would have pulled back a little by now.

Anyway, to strengthen our case, we have two children who carry dual citizenship. Our elder daughter is in her 2nd year of junior high and will graduate in 1 1/2 years so that's our next chance of moving otherwise it'll be after she graduates from high school in 4 1/2 years.

My question is, are we likely to be refused a permanent residency visa extension? If yes, would my wife moving to Australia by herself or with our younger child strengthen her case?

Looking forward to people's comments, experiences and advice. Thanks
Residency is issued with that in mind and I imagine it can eventually get to a stage of use it or lose it.
They do have the eligibility requirements for it to be issued and I suppose all you can do is test the water to see if she will get another five years.
If the answer is No, then you'll need to decide on whether life is best going to be in Japan or in Australia where I'd not see the cost of living ever not rising some though a global depression could have a significant impact and anybody's guess on how far off we are for that to happen.
If I was a betting man I'd say sometime in the next five years is a possibility.
Outside of that, diminishing global oil supplies will have a dramatic impact on world trade and the greenies will forever be wanting clean fuel/industry and that is not going to make living cheaper.
We could have a new generation of alternate lifestyle hippies or such a life forced on us and the sooner people prepare for that, the better it may be for climate change aside whether you believe in it or not, we're sure stripping the planet of resources at a great rate.
I'd reckon Australia would be an easier country to survive in somehow than Japan and do you not reckon if you plan a move at some stage, the sooner you do it for the children's schooling and adaption to life change the better it'll be.
It'll probably be better for your wife too for having the kids more involved with community aspects will probably help her assimilatiom with a different environment, living being a bit different to holidays.





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Thanks Wanderer for your reply. I hear what you're saying and tend to agree. That leap of faith is pretty scary but sooner the jump the better I guess. One reason we've been holding off is so many of our international friends decided to take the plunge and return to their respective countries only to return to Japan within a few years. Most of the time it's within a year!
They usually complain about the cost of living and difficulty in getting good work once they're home as reasons for returning.

We'll make an application for extension and see how we go.


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Thanks Wanderer for your reply. I hear what you're saying and tend to agree. That leap of faith is pretty scary but sooner the jump the better I guess. One reason we've been holding off is so many of our international friends decided to take the plunge and return to their respective countries only to return to Japan within a few years. Most of the time it's within a year!
They usually complain about the cost of living and difficulty in getting good work once they're home as reasons for returning.

We'll make an application for extension and see how we go.
That's interesting gismo for from downunder though we tend to think of Japan as a country of workaholics, we've also not missed that they have had their own financial crises and though the work ethic is no doubt strong they are also a country that relies heavily on imports.
Maybe in our international travel section you can write up a bit on life for an expat in Japan, particularly as I would have thought it would have even been quite difficult for you to secure work there in the first place.





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Hi Gismo

Sorry to post on this thread. We are in very much similar to your case. I.e. Got visa and came for few visits but have not settled down as yet. Have many friends and contacts though. However, we have not got an extention as yet and it is going to expire soon.

My question is how do you ask for a extention ? Who do we meet and where can we apply for this.

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Hi Gismo

Sorry to post on this thread. We are in very much similar to your case. I.e. Got visa and came for few visits but have not settled down as yet. Have many friends and contacts though. However, we have not got an extention as yet and it is going to expire soon.

My question is how do you ask for a extention ? Who do we meet and where can we apply for this.

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Thank you so much Wanderer.


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Post Resident return visa-PR visa holders away from Australia please share your knowledge.

Hello All,
I was granted a permanent resident visa on September 2007(skilled independent). I had been in Australia just for 3 days since I got my visa(to validate my visa). The travel element of the visa is due to expire by September 2012. So here is my question, Can I qualify for a 5 year RRV if I go there by June - July 2012 and live and work there for continuous 2 years? Is it mandatory that I should live there for 2 years out of 5 years as a resident during my initial grant period (ie Sep2007 to Sep2012)or can I just go there before Sep 2012 and live there for 2 years to qualify for 5year RRV? I am little worried about my family as they don't have permanent residence status ( as I got married after I was granted visa). I know that it is difficult to fly out of Australia for those two years keeping my PR status unless there is an emergency.
I work for a company which has Australian projects occasionally. I am gonna put all my efforts to get there by this way. But not sure when we gonna get a project over there. If that works I can apply for a partner visa during that time, isn't it? I really don't want to lose my PR as It cost me lot of efforts.
Also, I am not in position to give up my current job for next 1-2 years for some reasons. Big dilemma.. Please Gurus, I would greatly appreciate for your advice on this matter.
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Hello All,
I was granted a permanent resident visa on September 2007(skilled independent). I had been in Australia just for 3 days since I got my visa(to validate my visa). The travel element of the visa is due to expire by September 2012. So here is my question, Can I qualify for a 5 year RRV if go there by June - July 2012 and live and work there for continuous 2 years? Is it mandatory that I should live there for 2 years out of 5 years as a resident during my initial grant period (ie Sep2007 to Sep2012)or can I just go there before Sep 2012 and live there for 2 years to qualify for 5year RRV? I am little worried about my family as they don't have permanent residence status ( as I got married after I was granted visa). I know that it is difficult to fly out of Australia for those two years keeping my PR status unless there is an emergency.
I work for a company which has Australian projects occasionally. I am gonna put all my efforts to get there by this way. But not sure when we gonna get a project over there. If that works I can apply for a partner visa during that time, isn't it? I really don't want to lose my PR as It cost me lot of efforts.
Also, I am not in position to give up my current job for next 1-2 years for some reasons. Big dilemma.. Please Gurus, I would greatly appreciate for your advice on this matter.
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It seems you've been reading the regulations and you ought to keep just doing that and you'll find the requirements much as you have described.
You may not have to stay the two full years in Australia to get a five year RRV if you have otherwise established some ties to residency here, eg., bought a residence.





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Resident return visa

I am an Australian Permanent Resident, I was Granted PR in march 2007 valid till march 2012. After my PR was granted i was for 6 months in Australia. later relocated to my birth country as my grand parents(mom's parents) passed away in a gap of 6 months. now i am planning to relocate to Australia in October 2010. So i guess i will be there for 2 out of five years required in Australia for RRV. but my question is do we have to live for two continuous years in Australia or two years in total with any number of breaks?

in case if i live for 1 year 11 months will i be eligible for RRV. as there are two RRV's one for 3 months and other for 5 years. please let me know what to do.


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