I haven;t discussed the 887 visa with Maryanne only the 475 visa that we are on and switching to the 487 visa so that we can have the additional time in Australia to fulfil the criteria of living on Australia for 2 years and working for 1 year..
I have had the below email from Maryanne a few hours ago answering questions I had put to her which sounds promising (her answers are in capitals) I am going to try and get this in writing from immigration.
I tried calling immigration but they were closed, I will try again later tonight..
Just to be clear I need the following points clarified as I am still very confused so need to know what your real take on this is:
1) You say "You will receive the further 12 months from when you apply for the extension which would be in January 2013. Apply for the 487 visa currently can take approx 6 months which you will be on a bridging visa during this time. The time on the bridging visa does not count towards the residency requirement."
So if the 12 months is from application in Jan 2013 and it takes 6 months on a bridging visa (which does not count towards residency requirement) to get the 487 visa then surely by the time we get the 487 there would only be 6 months left on it which would not be enough for us as we need a full year?
YOU WILL BE GRANTED 12 MONTHS FROM WHEN THE 487 is APPROVED SO THE 6 MONTHS IS LIMBO REALY.
2) The immigration clearly states that the 487 visa is valid for 4 years from grant, our grant date of our 475 visa was on 16th July 2009 so surely the 487 visa would then expire on July 16th 2013, and if we applied for this 487 visa at end of Jan 2013 then if it took 6 montsh to get it by the time it was granted it would have expired!?AGREED THE WORDING IS CONFUSING THE IMMIGRATION OFFICER CONFIRMED THE 12 MONTHS WOULD BE WHEN THE THE 487 IS APPROVED AND YOU CAN ONLY APPLY FOR THIS AT THE END OF YOUR 3 YEAR VISA WHICH IS JAN 2013 I WOULD ASK FOR IT IN WRITING.
3) Then in your last email you say: "The 12 months would be from when the 487 is granted, as it takes six months ( currently ) to obtain then the time during this six months can not be counted towards the residency"
This contradicts what it says on the immigration website as it says that the 487 is valid for 4 years from grant (which I guess in our case must be the grant date of our 475 visa 16th July 2009) but if what you say is correct then hopefully it is ok but would we then be able to work during the 6 months we were on the bridging visa? OF COURSE YOU CAN STILL WORK AND LIVE DURING THOSE SIX MONTHS IT JUST CAN COUNT TOWARD YOUR PR
VISA RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT
I am worried that the immigration department are giving contradicting information, how do we know that whoever we speak to actually knows what they are talking about and if we follow what they say it will actually be correct? I don't want to to move in Jan 2012 and then find out a year or so later that we can't actually get PR
anyway.. is there any way of getting an answer in writing so we can be sure it is correct and they will stick to it?? I WOULD OBTAIN IT IN WRITING SO LODGE AN ONLINE FORM.
As I say I will speak to immigration but please can you also clarify the points for me, I am sorry to be a pain but I am sure you can appreciate that we need to make double sure on everything. YOU ARE NOT A PAIN