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    1. #1

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      Length of time to use visa once granted??


      We are wondering how long we get to use the visa once it has been granted? Is it a year? We want to apply for the visa asap to avoid any changes in the process coming in and missing out but we are not ready to move for about 2 years. Does anyone know if once the visa is granted we can hold off using it for a while? we will be applying for a state sponsored provisional visa which we are assuming will take about 1 year to be granted anyway.
      Good Family, Woodcroft
      Emma 35, Graham 41, Grace 6 and Samuel 3

      IELTS Test 27th Sept 08 VETASSES sent 4th Oct 08 IELTS Test 8.5 13th Oct 08 VETASSESS Passed 11th Nov 08
      SA Sponsorship App Sent 24th Nov 08 SA Sponsorship Approved 20th Jan 09 Visa 475 Application lodged 27th Jan 09
      CO allocated meds and pc's requested 11th Feb 09 Police checks received 6th March 09 Meds 10th Mar 09 finalised 30th Mar 09
      Visa Granted 01/04/09! Arrived 20th Jan 2010 887 Permanent Visa appliecation sent 20/01/2012
      887 Visa permanent granted 10/02/2012

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      Visa must be validated by a set date (usually one year from meds/police checks). If you get your visa and not ready to move you can travel over to validate. It stated on our visa letter that the visa cannot be extended.

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      Sharon and Paul
      Hi Emma, Our visa has to be validated by may 4th , we had about 11 months notice?, All 4 of us will have to go to get that stamp, so a quick holiday is in order ,then we will have 5 years to get over there. the way house selling is going here we proberly need most of that???? But hay look on the bright side the $ is on the up ? Atb Paul .


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