Information for international travelers in Australia
During this very unsettling time for everyone, our thoughts are with anyone in our global community who may be affected by the coronavirus.
With travel bans and flight cancellations affecting travellers across the globe, we have been receiving a higher than usual number of inquiries from international travellers that need to remain in Australian until travel bans are lifted.
If you are currently in Australia and your temporary visa is about to expire, you should be aware of the following:
What to do to remain in Australia for the foreseeable future
If you are a temporary visa holder in Australia and you are currently not able to return to your home country, it may be possible for you to extend your stay in Australia beyond your current visa expiry date. It is very important that you are aware of the following Australian Government policies when considering what you will need to do to legally extend your stay in Australia.
Never let your current visa lapse
If you need or wish to remain in Australia beyond the expiry date of your current visa, you must make a new application for a further visa. It is very important that you apply for a further visa as early as possible before your current visa expires. When you apply for a further visa you may be eligible to be granted a bridging visa, which will keep you legally in Australia until a decision is made on your further visa application.
You may need to apply for a waiver of your “No Further Stay” visa condition
If your current visa has a “No Further Stay” condition, these include conditions 8503, 8534 and 8535, you will need to apply for a waiver of this condition before you will be able to apply for a further visa. Your “No Further Stay” condition needs to be waived before you can make a valid application for a further visa to remain in Australia.
If your current visa has expired contact a migration agent immediately
If your current visa has expired, it is critical that you immediately take the necessary steps to legalise your visa status while you finalise immigration matters or wait for an immigration decision.
If you have an Australian visa that is about to expire, we recommend that you get in contact with our office to speak to one of our migration agents to discuss your options. Our team is still working at full capacity and remains available to assist you however possible.
To keep yourself informed of any updates to travel restrictions, we recommend that you monitor the Department of Home Affairs website and the websites of your country’s government. To stay informed of any updates on current Australian public health policies and restrictions, refer to the website of the Australian Government Department of Health