Tourist Visa Cancelled – Something to avoid at all costs


Australian Tourist Visa Cancelled

  Hard to think of anything worse, right? Many of you will have been following the video story of Chris and Vanessa and their kids, and their Journey from Philippines to Australia on the Down Under Visa page and visa our YouTube Channel.  



How does a tourist visa get cancelled?

Could be any number of reasons. Certainly if you’re caught breaching visa conditions, such as working in Australia (which you’re definitely not allowed to do). But if you overstay you will also risk cancellation. In this particular case, Vanessa and Chris simply got their dates wrong. On a multiple-entry tourist visa she left Australia 4 days over the maximum stay period of 3 months per stay. So she was unlawful when she left the country. So her visa was cancelled as a result. That meant that when she returned to the Philippines she was unable to return.

If you’ve been reading about recent changes in how the Department are toughening up on tourist visa holders at the airport in Australia, you will know about the Border Force people and how inflexible they are. Fortunately she hadn’t stayed more than 28 days over, or she would have had a 3 year ban from applying for any further temporary visas (eg tourist visas, work visas or student visas). Fortunately it was possible to apply for another tourist visa so Vanessa could return and be back with her partner and her kids.  


Monitor the Dates on a Visa Grant Letter

Always read the visa grant letter completely, and take note of the important dates. NEVER allow yourself to overstay! Give yourself a few days leeway on the safe-side of a visa stay too, in case something goes wrong. Imagine if you were late to the airport for an 11:00pm flight and had to leave the next day? Imagine if you became unlawful in Australia at 12:00 midnight? If you want a pleasant stay in Australia and/or if you have plans of further visa applications, don’t risk causing problems for yourself later on. Take those dates very seriously.    


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Jeff Harvie is a Registered Migration Agent from Australia, but resident in Philippines since 2010 with his Filipina wife Mila and large extended family. Experienced with the Philippines culture, cross-cultural relationships and bureaucracy as well as Australian visas and Australian Migration Law, he writes with authority and fortunately with enough informality and humour that the average Aussie gets it!
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