Unable to travel before first entry arrival date?
What can you do if you unable to travel to Australia before the specified first entry arrival date (initial arrival date)?
Most visa grants will have a date on the grant letter that tells you a date by which you MUST enter Australia. If you have not entered by that date, you cannot enter with that visa.
However, with worldwide travel restrictions due to COVID-19, many people are experiencing massive travel delay times. Some being for over a year.
If you are nearing that expiry date you MUST request an extension.
There is a specific form (Travel Facilitation Letter Request) to use, for those who have been granted a Permanent or Provisional visa, but are unable to travel to Australia before the specified first entry arrival date (initial arrival date) that is specified in your visa grant letter.
A Provisional visa is a Temporary visa that leads to a Permanent visa.
The Travel Facilitation Letter Request form is only to be used if you are planning to travel to Australia within the next 12 months.
The Travel Facilitation Letter Request is primarily for Family visas in this group.
- Partner visa (Subclasses 309 or 100)
- Parent visa (Subclasses 143 or 103)
- Child visa (Subclasses 101 or 102 or 445)
- Other Family visa (Subclasses 114, 115, 116, or 117)
The Travel Facilitation Letter Request form is at immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/…/travel-facilitation-letter-request-form
It may be suitable for some others but it is NOT suitable for a Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa, as that is not a Permanent or Provisional visa.
Information for subclass 300 holders can be found at covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/refunds-and-waivers-visa-application-charges
Travel restrictions are subject to change and you should regularly check COVID-19 and the border for any updates.
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Some Visa Applicants might find an Experienced Australian Migration Agent of great assistance. - ai16