When do the 3 years start from ?
I am sure this type of question is asked a lot on this visa class, but my agency have confirmed the following:
The policy advice on this is VERY CLEAR. Applicants MUST make their first entry date before medical clearances are invalid (12 months as stated).When you are GRANTED the visa the clock starts ticking on your 3 years to meet the requirements for further applications. On the visa you MAY see in someone passport you will see a quote along the lines of “must not enter after 00/00/00.” This date is when the visa expires (exactly 3 years from GRANT) & by this time you must apply for another visa to remain legally in Australia as you will be at all times a TEMPORARY RESIDENT who must of by then also met initial entry requirements. THEREFORE you MUST meet the conditions placed upon the visa you have to go to the next stage.
You can apply for an extension at the other end for a further year (needs to be an excellent reason!!) but the initial entry date(12 months from meds) is something I would NOT advise you to compromise!!!
Di agrees with the agency.
I would appreciate anyone elses advice. Thanks Angela 8)