You should have one year from the visa being granted (well, actually, from the date of your medicals or police check, whichever is the earliest) to validate your visa. That is when the three years validity of the visa starts ticking down, so you will have three years from the time you enter the country to satisfy the visa criteria. Once you have been living here for two years, you can apply for permanent residency, which hopefully wouldn't take one year to be processed, but if you needed to wait more than two years to apply for the visa (e.g. if you went back to the UK for an extended period of time) and it looked as though your visa might expire, then you could either get an extension, or go on a bridging visa.
Originally Posted by Beth&Martin
Hope this helps.
This is an interesting point as we went to the new immigrants meeting when we arrived here, and although they brushed through it as quickly as they could i think that (and don,t quote me on this ) but if you don,t fancy hanging around S.A for the whole of your visa then you don't actually have to. From what we gathered the sa government has sponsored you but now no longer have the power to force you to fullfill it in SA. as long as you inform immigration of where you are moving to and you work and live in any regional parts of Australia then for the time stipulated to the visa then that is ok. Obviously the SA gov, are going to be pissed at this as they want to keep everyone from moving north! We also thought about applying for pm early as i am now on the model but it would cost the full application fee again...(sod that). and although it would be cool to move north for the winter, it aint a bad place to be really is it ? my brotherin law phoned today saying that he had to scrape ice off the van windows this morning before work........(May)) mmmmh! think i'll plug away for a few years here eh?
Yes you are right about moving to another regional state.
Originally Posted by stufi1997
Crazy rules though. Lets say you want to go to Perth on sir but your job isn't on the list. All you need to do is apply to sa - get here - and then move. Just as long as you've informed sa - you are fine!
Originally Posted by Nick11
you can move to another state if your on and sir and inform SA but it has to be to another regional area or you wont meet the requirements for PR when you come to apply, unless you apply for a different type of visa altogether, like business visa.
Thanks for this link caoimhe. I've had a quick look and will research it further.
Originally Posted by caoimhe
And thanks also to all of you for your info.