475 timescales questions
We are intending to apply for a 475 visa & have a couple of questions please:
1. How long after the visa is granted to we have to enter Australia to validate the visa?
2. The 475 Visa is for 3 years - when does this 3 years start from? When the visa is granted, or when the visa is validated?
Hope you can help!
Hi I hope this info helps (from my agent):
The visa is valid for 3 years from the date the visa holder makes their first entry into Australia.
The Skilled – Regional (Residence) visa (subclass 887) is the permanent visa specifically designed for holders of a provisional skilled visa who wish to apply for permanent residency. The application fee is AUD$195 (currently). The application is processed through the Brisbane Processing Centre. I do not know how long the processing times are.
Please see http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/887/index.htm for further information.
You need to validate the visa in under a year after your meds/police checks were done (whichever was first). Lots of people wait for a Case Officer before doing these, esp witht he current housing market - but you can front-load them like we did as long as you are certain you will be out in Oz before the year is up!
Thanks for the info Alexis, it's good to know that the 3 years doesn't start until you get there!!
We've a long way to go yet but as they say, if you fail to plan you plan to fail