Guest ayatochi

475 extended to 489 query

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    Guest ayatochi

    I have applied for 489 visa for extending my 475 as 20 days short of the 2 year living in SA requirement.

    Yesterday I got the required material list from the officer then I was shocked and confused.


    All those materials I have already submitted when I was applying for 475 years ago.

    It seems they are going to re-check everything like a totally new 489, not based on 475?


    I was asked for:


    Evidence of Birth or Age - Do I need to get the certificate translated again and signed by JP again?


    Evidence of English Language Ability - My old IELTS result has expired (only 2 years). It was used for 475 years ago. Does this requirement mean I still need to take the IELTS test again? - This point confused me most. I thought they would rely on all the old records as it is an extension of 475.

    Passport Bio-pages - Travel Document - no query


    Evidence of Australian Work Experience - It's ok. I have been working in Adelaide full time since Oct 2012. But now I wonder whether they want the working experience before I came to OZ, which was used for 475 application?


    Evidence of Character - no query


    Evidence of Health - no query



    My background:

    I activated my 475 visa on 03 AUG 2011, which means it will expire on 03 AUG 2014.

    I planned to move to OZ 02 AUG 2012. Then I would be just meet the requirement of 2 years.


    But unluckily, I had acute catarrhal conjunctivitis suddenly before my departure. and I have to arrive Adelaide later than plan.

    I finally arrived OZ on 23 AUG 2012.


    That means 20 days short of 2 years.

    My 475 VISA will expire on 3 AUG 2014. And I would not have been staying in OZ for 2 years until 23 AUG 2014.

    JUST 20 DAYS!!


    I have to apply for 489 to extend right?


    But what they required make me feel I am applying a 489 which is totally un-related to my 475. They will re-check all the things like I have never submitted them?

    Is anyone doing 475 extension for 489 as well?


    So confused and the time is so limited.


    Hope anyone can help me.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

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    Guest Claire-n-tel

    hi! do realise that your visa expires then in one hour? I am fairly sure that You need to have an application for another visa submitted before it expires


    although I thought that 475 visas were usually valid for 3 years and in that time you must live in a regional area for 2 years, otherwise it would mean even if you just went overseas for a week you would not be eligible?


    have you actually checked the expiry date?

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    Generally there aren't extension visas. It sounds very much like you are applying for a full new visa.


    It would definetly be worth contacting a migration agent, as you may find your two year clock start again (not sure on that one, best to check).


    Good luck.

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    Guest Claire-n-tel

    From the immi website


    This information is for people who have already been granted a Skilled – Regional Sponsored visa (subclass 475). It explains your rights and obligations.



    You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.



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    How long your visa lasts

    This visa is valid for three years from:



    the date the visa is granted, if you applied for the visa in Australia

    the date you enter Australia, if you applied for the visa outside Australia.

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