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Visa regulations...going in and out of OZ?

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1. Posted by beth-J (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y

Hi,

can anyone help with visa regulations? If you have a 12 working visa for Oz, does that mean, say, after 6 months, you can't pop over to New Zealand and then go back to Oz?

Thanks,

Janine

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 13y

Hi Janine,

My understanding is that a working visa has the same rights as a permanent resident
- therefore you are allowed to move in and out of the country freely while your visa is
valid. If I understand correctly, a working-holiday visa also lets you leave the country
and reenter - it doesn't give you the same rights though; you have to pay more tax
for starters. The following is from the www.dima.gov.au website (the immigration
department) about the working holiday visa if that is the one you are interested in:

"The visa allows a stay of up to 12 months from the date of first entry to Australia,
regardless of whether or not you spend the whole time in Australia."

Hope that is of some help. You should check dima.gov.au for more details and
authoritative information on the matter though, as my advice is only based on my
understanding of the matter and could be flawed. Someone please correct me if I am
wrong. :)

Peter

3. Posted by beth-J (Budding Member 12 posts) 13y

Hi Peter
Thanks for that! actually for my friend who is going out there in four weeks - she contacted officials about the matter but is still as yet waiting for an answer so thought I'd beat her to it! Cheers!

Janine

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 13y

Hi Janine,

It's not surprising to me that your friend is still waiting for an answer. My experience with immigration officials is that it can take a while to get an answer. Often those answers can directly contradict other answers you get from them as well! Make sure to get more than one opinion in any case, because the letter of the law is very open to interpretation

Also be sure to do as much research yourself, so you have a foundation to be able to ASK more educated questions. Good luck with the process - I know from experience it is not an easy endeavour.

Peter