i am a 28 year old canadian-born female that has been working in australia on the working holiday visa. in that time, i have met someone and wish to stretch the summer out before returning home to canada. my visa expires on the 25th of january, 2008.
1. would it be possible to leave the country (ie. go to new zealand) in order to return on a visitor's visa?
2. how long would i have to stay out of australia in order to be granted this 3 months visitor's visa?
i am aware i would not be able to work upon my return.
thanks in advance, ivy
You don't need to stay away any length of time, afaik. My parents regularly do this - leaving the country for a couple of weeks then returning - and have been doing it for about 9 years now without any trouble (aside from once when my mother didn't realise she had overstayed her visa )
Check with the Department of Immigration if you want to get confirmation.
hi snowjam, i tried to get a straight answer myself on this topic from the immigration crowd in NZ (australia and Nz tend to have the same rules on these things) and i got a bunch of diff answers. i was told that i could try popping over to australia for a few weeks and come back and i might get back into the country or could get turned away. but the general rule is that at the end of a working holiday visa you cannot return to the country for a year.
i decided not to risk it.