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Apr 22nd, 2004, 10:00 AM
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Visa required.

I am looking to travel around oz for a year or more. However, I will not be working, will be fully self sufficient and am too old to apply for a work or study visa. The only visa I know I can apply for is for a six month maximum stay. Does anyone know any different?
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Apr 22nd, 2004, 09:40 PM
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If you haven't already, check on www.dfat.gov.au This is the government website that should tell you all you need to know. If the most you can get is 6 months you could have a short trip to Bali or Fiji or Thailand, somewhere not too far away where you can get cheap deals, then come back for your next 6 months. You can get very cheap deals to Bali from Darwin and Perth particularly as they are so close.
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Apr 22nd, 2004, 10:04 PM
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Also try www.immi.gov.au/visit/index.htm
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Apr 22nd, 2004, 10:48 PM
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G'day Gwennie.
Several people I had on a tour also only had a 6 mth visa.
They went to NZ for a few weeks and then came back for another 6 months.
Check www.virginblue.com.au and www.flypacificblue.com for good deals.

If you are going to NZ do it during our summer months if possible unless you want to ski.

Enjoy OZ,
Mike
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Apr 23rd, 2004, 06:36 AM
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Let me get this straight-
Can you get a 6 month visa, then leave for a holiday somewhere else, then come back to Australia for another 6 months on a second visa?

How hard is it to get a 6 month visa? How long does it take to process?

How long do you have to go somewhere else in between the 2 visas?

If I was in Oz and got a job,do I have to leave the country while they process the work visa?

I'll check those websites mentioned but if anyone can answer these questions from past experience I would be most grateful. Thanks, Abby
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Apr 23rd, 2004, 09:01 AM
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Hi all- your advice is a great help. I was thinking of visiting relatives in New Zealand too. I know the visa is valid for a year but didn't know whether I would be able to return to Oz. You have answered my question thanks a lot from sunny England ( yes it's true!!!!)
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Apr 24th, 2004, 10:25 PM
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Abby - you might try posting your questions on the Lonely Planet website on the Thorn Tree. Lots and lots of travellers will have done what you need to know about. Also a work visa is very different from what Gwennie is planning. Different rules for different visas.
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