One way ticket
My husband and I are wanting to join our son in Adelaide in the spring of next year. He is out there on a permanent resident visa. We are selling up everything here before we go . Whilst we are there we intend applying for a contributory parent visa ( either the aged one or the ordinary parent visa). We intend going out on a tourist visa either 6 or 12 months . My question is will it look SUSPICIOUS either at Heathrow or at Adelaide airport if we only have a single one way flight ticket ?, we will only have one suitcase each with holiday type clothes etc inside. Has anyone done this before , if so please let me know. We have enquired about buying return tickets and then trying to get a refund on the return flight but apparently this cannot be done.
An answer would be greatly appreciated before I tear ALL my hair out.
Kindest regards to all , Jillymon
I dont imagine they will let you in the country on a holiday visa with no return ticket will they?? I think I saw something similar on border security once.
Check with who you got yout visa through.
I think Sarah's correct; no return flight, no entry. Not even sure if the airline will allow you to book a single without a residency visa of some kind.
I have a feeling a visa (other than Tourist one) has to be validated by entering Australia after it is issued anyway, so why not get an 'open' return ticket for when you leave and return to validate? You'd have to check whether immigration would let you into Australia with an open return ticket on a tourist visa too though first.
Not sure about time scales for contributory parent visas either - would this all be able to be applied for, processed and granted within six months/year?
I would definately check. I came in 2006 on a e676 (tourist visa) Immigration gave me compassionate grounds and let me have 24 months on it and so I only came in on a one way ticket. I did have to leave Oz to apply for my de facto. Think it depends on which tourist visa you are applying for and what grounds you are stating you are entering the country on. It is worth checking though as like Sarah I saw on Border Security someone getting turned around as they only had a one way. Also I did get questioned by immigration control on entering the country, although luckily I had printed off the e-mail confirmation that I had permission to stay for 24 months. A phone call was made and they apologised for holding me up!
Yep, you need a return ticket and i think youll be pushing it to be here for 6mths and apply for your cpv and expect to stay as the cpv are taking a rather long time to grant.
My mums coming for 6mths, going back to uk, then coming back over, make sure she really would be happy here and then shel apply for her cpv.
One Way Ticket
Hi everyone who has replied to my question.....It seems that it is much more difficult to get into Auss than it is to get into England. At one time they would only take the baddies , but now not even the goodies can get in easily . We will keep trying to find a solution. I have just sent a direct question to Gollywobbler ( hope I have done it right as I am new to this site) as she seems to be clued up on everything to do with parents etc. Fingers crossed for her throwing a light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you all for responding to my question .