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  1. Thailand sets a one month deadline to arrest and deport all foreigners on overstay, stringent checks expected Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan yesterday instructed Pol Maj-General Surachate Hakparn, Thailand’s acting Immigration Bureau chief to crack down on foreigners overstaying their visas or using Thailand as safe haven for criminal activities. Pol Maj-General Surachate Hakparn has been given one month to arrest and deport thousands of foreigners suspected of staying in the Kingdom illegally, the Nation reported. Gen. Prawit, who oversees National Security, issued the order during a meeting of the military, police and Interior Ministry security agencies yesterday, according to Defence Ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantra-Wanit. Gen. Prawit told General Surachate Hakparn to step up efforts to keep foreign tourists safe and to crack down on transnational criminals who enter the Kingdom posing as tourists. The Immigration Bureau was ordered to strictly enforce the law, weed out foreigners without visas and overstaying their visas and deport them within one month. It was told to check whether foreigners doing business here were working in professions that were legally reserved for Thais. Pol Maj-General Surachate Hakparn was recently promoted to acting Immigration Bureau chief after spearheading a series of raids and spot checks that have so far found more than 1,000 foreigners overstaying their visas. Surachate has strong connections with Prawit whose popularity has been declining after the luxury-watch scandal. The police commander had recently made a name for himself with his crackdowns on crimes related to foreigners as deputy commander of Tourist Police. Thailand welcomes more than 30 million visitors annually for tourism. The country is also home to millions of documented and undocumented migrant workers from all over the world. Illegal entry and overstay are not unusual for the country. The Immigration Bureau announced on its website yesterday that there were 1.6 million foreigners living in Thailand between January and August. Canadians were the biggest group at 9,872 – followed by 9,583 Dutch, 9,566 Bangladeshis and 9,483 Italians. During the same period, more than 10 million foreign tourists entered the Kingdom, the bureau said. Following Prawit’s order, Surachate led police yesterday in collaring 22 citizens of African nations and a Myanmar man on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Soi 3, some of who were just walking on the street. Eight of them had their documents in order and were released, while Luke Okoli, 18, of South Africa, was charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful entry into the Kingdom. Kevin Asok, 29, from Guinea, and Ake Dikajvuidi, 25, and Ramaqami Kapita Mwati, 27, of Congo, were charged with carrying fake passports. Ten others were charged with entering Thailand illegally, including the Myanmar man identified only as Suneil, 22. The others were John Omo, 26, of Zimbabwe, Chers Igbosonu, 24, of Mozambique, Gabriel Williams, 29, of Liberia, Yamoah Gilbert, 19, and Boyyant, 27, of Ghana, Chibueze Casmir, 31, of Nigeria, and Masud Masata, 23, and Mongolola Jacques Pilipili, 19, of Congo. General Surachate called a press conference yesterday to discuss measures in helping victims of call-centre gangs and 412 romance scams. Police operations over the past years to suppress foreign criminals has managed to return Bt27 million to 133 victims of such crimes, he said. A crackdown on crimes related to foreigners is ongoing and the court has issued more than 600 arrest warrants for call-centre gang members. More than 30 cases of romance scams are now under investigation. Thai nationals involved in or facilitating such criminals would also be arrested, he warned. Expat forums and reaction on social media was mixed, however, it was strongly suggested by many long time legal expats to keep a copy of your passport and entry/exit stamp on your person. It is legal to Thailand to spot check the status of ones passport.
  2. There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Thailand as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 13. 1. Pet Microchip Thailand's pet import regulations require that your dog or cat be microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted for all animals entering or transiting Thailand. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, then you can carry a microchip scanner. 2. Vaccinations Unless your pet is located in a country that has not had any rabies incidents in the past 12 months, a vaccination card/certificate is required for each pet, clearly displaying your pet's current rabies vaccination, including the vaccine's manufacturer, batch number and expiration. The rabies vaccination must have been administered between 21 days prior to arrival in Thailand and not more than 12 months prior to arrival. Additionally, your dog must have been vaccinated against Leptospirosis not less than 21 days prior to travel. If not vaccinated, your dog should be tested for Leptospirosis with negative result during the 30 (thirty) days prior to the departure. All pets must be vaccinated against other significant infectious or contageous diseases (Distemper, Hepatitus, and Parvovirus) with an approved vaccine at least 21 days prior to departure from the originating country. Cats must be vaccinated against Feline Cat Flu-Feline Calicivirus, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia Psittaci, Cat Enteritis-Feline Panleukopaenia/Feline Parvovirus between 21 days and one year before entering Thailand. 3. Blood Titer Test Thailand does not require a rabies titer test (FAVN) for pets entering from any country. 4. Health Certificate The health certificate for Thailand must be completed in English and stamped (endorsed) by the government of the exporting country responsible for the import and export of animals. If you are traveling from the United States this would be the State USDA office or the CFIA office if traveling from Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the governing authority in your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms. A copy of your passport must accompany your pet. 5. Internal and External Parasites It is recommended that, before your dog or cat can enter Thailand, it should be treated against internal and external parasites (ticks and tapeworms). 6. Permits You must obtain an Import Permit from the Department of Livestock Development in advance of your pet's arrival. The license is valid for 60 days. Any live animal transiting Bangkok will need an import permit. 7. Post Import Procedures Pets may be subject to up to 30 days of quarantine upon entering Thailand for tests at the quarantine center upon arrival. Should all inspections and tests have acceptable results, your pet will be released to you. 8. Entering Thailand by Air Pets can arrive in Thailand in the cabin or as checked baggage or air cargo at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. Advance notification should be given to the Animal Quarantine Station. Pets can also enter Thailand at Phuket, although an import permit is required and arrangements must be made with veterinary officials for clearance. Your pet is not permitted exposure to other animals if they are transiting at any approved intermediate port or airport. They shall not be allowed to leave the precinct of the port except to an officially approved transit quarantine area. At check-in, you will present the following documents for the issuance of an import license: a photocopy of pet owner's passport, an original pet vaccination record (and a pet passport, if any), an original official health certificate and a photocopy of printed import permit. Pet dogs and cats will not be quarantined as long as they arrive with a current import permit and all regulations to enter Thailand are met. However, a quarantine officer has the discretionary authority to detain any pets/animals in a quarantine station for a period of at least 30 days upon arrival during which they shall be submitted to tests and/or treatments deemed necessary. The pet owner would assume this expense. Pets transiting Thailand as air cargo will need a transit permit which must be applied for via an import permit application.9. Puppies and Kittens Thailand requires that puppies and kittens are vaccinated no sooner than 3 months and wait for 30 days prior to entering the country. 10: Traveling with a puppy Banned Breeds Thailand does not permit the import of Pit Bull Terriers or American Staffordshire Terriers. 11.Exporting PetsLiving in Thailand Cats and dogs cannot be exported until they have been microchipped and vaccinated for rabies and wait 30 days. Puppies and kittens must not be vaccinated for rabies until they reach 3 months of age, so the minimum age for export is 4 months of age. Your pet must also have a health certificate, export permit (when applicable). All Pets to be exported must be inspected 48 hours before departure at the Airport before the Export License is granted. The export License and Health Certificate shall be issued and collected after the inspection and a copy will be sent to the owner before departure.12. Other Animals Rabbits are subject to the same requirements as listed above. Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Thailand. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.13. CITES If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. Search CITES database. Read More about CITES 14. Need More Advice? To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given here reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
  3. British Embassy statement on income letters: Officials knew about problems in May and say that US nationals will also be affected The British Embassy in Bangkok commented on the issuing of letters regarding income. They said that they had a meeting with immigration in May that they are "not verification experts". They have also claimed that US nationals will also be caught up in the problems as their embassy is also said to be stopping notarized letters in this regard as well. The full text of the reply is below: "The decision was made by the British Embassy following a meeting with immigration in May in which they confirmed that they expect the embassy to verify all sources of income of British Nationals requesting an income letter. Consular officers are not verification experts and therefore cannot fulfil (sic) this requirement. We also cannot verify income from every income source in every country of the world. Thai Immigration is able to verify the income in a Thai bank account, therefore British Nationals should show evidence of minimum funds for their visa type by showing a Thai bank statement and/or bank book. This is not a new requirement and has always been an option for foreigners renewing retirement and marriage visas in Thailand". Regarding the way forward the British Embassy Bangkok said "British Nationals should now demonstrate that they have an amount of at least 800,000 THB in an account in Thailand for no less than three months prior to the visa application, or a monthly income of at least 65,000 THB transferred into an account in Thailand for a retirement visa. For a marriage visa, the amounts are at least 400,000 THB in an account in Thailand for no less than three months prior to the visa application, or a monthly income of at least 40,000 THB transferred into an account in Thailand. A bank statement should be used as the supporting document for obtaining a Thai retirement or marriage visa. If the British National doesn’t already have a bank account, they should open one and follow the steps above". Asked if they were aware of action by other embassies the British Embassy Bangkok said: "Yes we are aware that the US embassy will also be stopping their notarised income letter. Please contact them directly for further information". The issue has been one of the most widely commented upon stories of the year. Meanwhile the embassies of New Zealand and the Netherlands have confirmed that they have no plans to stop the similar services they offer to their nationals in Thailand. "There is no change to the New Zealand Embassy’s current process. New Zealand nationals are welcome to visit the Embassy to complete a statutory declaration - and declare their income. "Alternatively, the Embassy can also issue a consular letter to those who present evidence that income earned is from the Ministry of Work and Income (WINZ) or Ministry of Social Development (MSD). The fee for completing a statutory declaration or consular letter is THB 1,330." A statement from the Embassy of the Netherlands read: "There is no indication that the Dutch Government is going to stop this service for its nationals". Earlier this week the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok stated it had no plans change to its current process.
  4. How to get a Thai Visa from the Thai Consulate in Hobart To obtain a retirement visa for Thailand from the Thai consulate, you need to do the following. The cost for the retirement visa is very reasonable. 1. The cost is AUD$275 for the application fee, you also need to provide 2 Passport size photos. 2. Provide a doctors certificate showing that you do not have leprosy, TB, elephantiasis, not addicted to any drugs and finally that you don't have syphilis. This costs about AUD$75 3. Provide a Police check, AUD$55 for a statement from and signed by your States Police Commissioner (Highest ranking officer) that I have you do not have any outstanding criminal matters. 4. A separate form in addition to the applications form with information about my intended arrival in Thailand i.e. arrival date, hotel booking etc. 5. Copy of your information page of your Australian Passport. 6. Copy of your Australian passport. 7.A letter from your bank showing that you have the required funds (Bt 800,000) available All of the documents in this application which amount to 6 pages + passport need 2 copies and made into 3 lots of 6 pages and bound together. Now this is where it all gets tricky. It is required that all 3 the copies of all 6 pages are signed by a Justice of the Peace (JP), that is each page all 18 pages ...In Western Australia we have CD's Commissioner of Declarations and JP's.. CDs are voluntary citizens (teachers, police, doctors, politicians etc.etc.) of standing who sign mostly Statutory Declarations (Stat dec.) attesting that you are the person who signed a document(s) this is similar for JPs. JPs are often involved in more complex legal matters, issuing warrants, affidavit and sometimes sit in judgement in a court if required it's a voluntary position ( no payment is made). It is not the duty of a JP to vouch for any information contained in the documents. A JP's duty is to say that he saw you sign the document. There is no fee for this service from a JP or CD. it is a voluntary position. Advice from Western Australia State Attorney General (Top law officer) is not to engage JPs in frivolous matters when requesting witnessing of legal documents as they offer there services free of charge. The Thai retirement visa application requires all documents including copies to be signed by a JP. That is clearly frivolous. It is not the duty in Australia of a JP to sign each page of 18 pages of any application for anything. Some documents may 500 pages. In my case as I new the JP personally he reluctantly signed all the documents. He reminded me that his duty was only to witness that I am the person signing and that the information in the document I have shown him is true and that he saw you/me sign that declaration, you can go to jail if you make a false declaration (the information in the document the JP likely knows nothing about, not his job to know). This would/could make my application for a Thai retirement visa 36 pages (18 pages of application and 18 pages of stat dec's) The JP reminded that my request was far above what his voluntary service is for. He suggested that Thailand's request that he sign a document from the states Australia highest ranking police officer and a medical certificate from a doctors that they were telling the truth was in his opinion an "abuse of request." If requests like this were replicated in Australia or any western country where every page of a legal document had to be signed by a JP the legal system in those countries would simply collapse..
  5. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has banned 457 visas PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced he is scrapping the controversial 457 visa program for skilled migrants as part of a bid to tackle unemployment. The Prime Minister says jobs must go to Australians first, before businesses consider hiring foreign workers. He said while Australia was multicultural, it needed to focus on local jobs. “We have and we always will be an immigration nation, but we must ensure that the foundation of that success is maintained and the foundation is that our migration system is seen to work in the national interest,” Mr Turnbull said at a Parliament House press conference today. “That it is seen to deliver for Australians. It is seen to ensure that Australian jobs are filled by Australians wherever possible. “We’re abolishing 457 visas, the visas which bring temporary foreign workers into our country.” As at September 30, 2016 there were 95,757 workers in Australia on primary 457 visas The program will be replaced by another visa program, with new restrictions. “It is important businesses still get access to the skills they need to grow and invest, so the 457 visa will be replaced by a new temporary visa, specifically designed to recruit the best and brightest in the national interest,” Mr Turnbull said. Source: News.com.au
  6. People may have to wait longer for visas or Australian citizenship to be granted because of cutbacks at the Immigration Department. Department secretary Mike Pezzullo told Senate Estimates he would give no guarantee that waiting times would not increase for citizenship, refugee or permanent migration visas. He indicated some visa applicants might have to wait longer but he took an aggregated view. Mr Pezzullo said it would be of more concern to him if foreign fighters returned or counter-terrorism units were not properly equipped. "If people died as a result of a terrorist attack and there was an issue around our borders, I'd be deeply concerned about that," he said. "At a human level, you don't want anyone to wait for a government decision any longer than is absolutely necessary. If some folks have to wait a little bit longer then so be it." The department has revealed 355 staff have gone from the visa and citizenship section since the beginning of the financial year. Mr Pezzullo defended the cuts saying that area of the department's work was most suited to automation. "In a circumstances of constrained resources which applies to all government departments — because the Government's got a strategy around deficit and debt reduction — all agencies have to then make choices about potentially growing some areas and then cutting other areas," he said. He said rapid growth in all categories of visa applications had a bigger impact on waiting times than staff cuts. Mr Pezzullo earlier told the estimates committee his department would need to make nearly $1 billion dollars in savings over the next four years.
  7. Visitor visa (subclass 600) Tourist Stream: document checklist Visa application requirements differ from country to country. If you are outside Australia, your nearestimmigration office outside Australia will tell you exactly how to lodge your application and what documents to provide.​ You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application. Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations. Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete. Forms A completed application form.Receiving assistance If someone gives you advice or lodges your application for you: Form 956 Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance (133KB PDF)(the agent or exempt person completes the form and you must sign it). If you would like someone else to receive correspondence from us on your behalf:Form 956a Appointment or withdrawal of an authorised recipient (116KB PDF) ​Charges Pay the visa application charge.Your identity Certified copies of the biographical pages of the current passports or travel documents of all people included in the application (these are the pages with the holder's photo and personal details and the issue/expiry dates). One recent passport sized photograph (45 mm x 35 mm) of each person included in the application.These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background. Print the name of the person on the back of the photograph. If your name has changed or the name of anyone included in your application has changed: a certified copy of evidence of the name change. Certified copies of birth certificates for you and any other person included in the application. The certificates must show the names of both parents of each person. The character requirements If anyone included in the application has served in the armed forces of any country: certified copies of their military service record or discharge papers.Documents to show you are a visitor Evidence of sufficient funds, such as personal bank statements, pay slips, audited accounts, taxation records or credit card limit. If you are visiting relatives or friends, a letter of invitation from your relative or friend in Australia. If your relative or friend is paying for your visit, evidence that they have the necessary funds. If you are visiting under the Tourist stream: Your itinerary for your stay in Australia. Other information to show that you have an incentive and authority to return to your home country, such as:a letter from your employer stating your intention to return to your job evidence of enrolment at a school, college or university in your home country evidence of immediate family members in your home country evidence of your visa or residence status in your home country, and your right to return evidence of property or other significant assets owned in your home country. Children younger than 18 years of age If you are younger than 18 years of age: evidence that every person with a legal right to decide where you live consents to your travel to Australia on this visa. If one or both parents are not coming with you, provide:a statutory declaration giving their permission Form 1229 Consent form to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years (125KB PDF). If you use this form, you will have to attach a certified copy of your parent’s or guardian’s government-issued identification document (such as a passport or drivers licence) with their photograph and their signature. If you are younger than 18 years of age and you will stay in Australia with someone other than a parent, legal guardian or relative: a declaration signed by the person who will be responsible for you in Australia Form 1257 Undertaking declaration (125KB PDF). Evidence of enrolment at school, college or university.
  8. BlueDog

    How To Meet Thai Girls

    One dating site that seems to have more genuine girls on it is Thai Friendly
  9. Low rates drive hunt for cheaper loans Even before the Reserve Bank reduced official interest rates this week, borrowers were testing the mortgage market to find the best rates. Figures from finder.com.au show the big banks still dominate mortgage lending, with more than 83 per cent of new loans. But in March they lost ground to other lenders. The reason is obvious: none of the big banks' standard variable mortgage rates are still below 5.3 per cent. That's a 1 per cent difference between the big banks, and the second-tier lenders. If you have a 25-year mortgage of $400,000, the difference between a variable rate of 5.3 per cent and 4.3 per cent is around $230 a month. The Age
  10. Fact sheet – Waiving visa condition 8503 'No Further Stay' A 'No Further Stay' condition is a condition that prevents the visa holder from applying for many temporary and permanent visas while they are in Australia. 'No Further Stay' conditions include 8503,​ 8534 and 8535. If one of these conditions has been imposed on your visa, it means you cannot apply for another visa to extend your stay (other than a protection visa or a temporary visa of a specified kind). When you depart Australia a 'No Further Stay' condition will not prevent you from applying for other visas. What visas are 'No Further Stay' conditions imposed on 'No Further Stay' conditions can be imposed on a range of temporary visas. Condition 8503 is a mandatory condition of the following visas: Visitor visa (subclass 600) for the following streams:sponsored family stream approved destination status scheme stream operating out of the People's Republic of China tourist stream for applicants who have sponsorship imposed on them Training and Research visa (subclass 402) for the professional development stream only Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) if you have previously held two subclass 462 visas. If the visa is subject to condition 8503, you cannot apply for a further visa in Australia other than: a Protection visa.Condition 8534 is a mandatory condition on certain Student visas (Assessment level 3 and 4 applicants only) where the course duration is 10 months or less in the following subclasses: Independent ELICOS Visa (subclass 570) Vocational Education and Training Visa (subclass 572) Higher Education Visa (subclass 573) Postgraduate Research (subclass 574) Non-Award Visa (subclass 575). Condition 8534 can also be imposed on a Student visa irrespective of your Assessment Level or period of study. This will be decided by the case officer assessing your application. If the visa is subject to condition 8534, you cannot apply for a further visa in Australia other than: a Protection visa a Student visa with permission to work (if the current student visa has condition 8101 imposed) a Student Guardian (subclass 580) visa (if the applicant holds or last held a 580 visa) or Graduate - Skilled (subclass 497) visa. Condition 8535 is a mandatory condition of the following Student visa: Foreign Affairs or Defence Sector Visa (subclass 576).Condition 8535 can be imposed on other Student Visas. If the visa is subject to condition 8535, you can only apply for one of the following visas while you are in Australia: a Protection visa a Student visa with permission to work (if the current student visa has condition 8101 imposed) another Student visa of any subclass and the sponsoring Australian Government agency or foreign government supports the grant. Information on application forms about the possible imposition of 'No Further Stay' condition Application forms for relevant visitor and temporary residence visas contain information about condition 8503 and include an acknowledgement that you understand and accept that: the condition might be imposed on your visa if imposed, you cannot apply for further visas (see above) while you are in Australia - this includes not being able to send an application from Australia to an Australian Embassy, High Commission, Consulate or other Australian visa office overseas (or to a processing centre in Australia that deals with 'offshore' applications, such as Parent visas). When you sign your visa application form, you are acknowledging that this condition might be imposed on your visa. This is also the case if another person, such as a migration agent, signed the form on your behalf. There is no basis to waive the condition (see below) if you later say that you did not know it was imposed on your visa or that you did not read and/or sign the application form. How to check if a 'No Further Stay' condition has been imposed on your visa Your visa grant letter will provide you with the details of the conditions imposed on your visa. Special circumstances that apply to certain visas which have the 8503 condition If you hold one of the following visas, you must read the information below: Visitor visa (subclass 600) - sponsored family stream and tourist stream (for applicants who have a sponsorship imposed) Professional Development visa (subclass 470) Training and Research visa (subclass 402) If you request a waiver of a 'No Further Stay' condition and this results in your staying in Australia after your visa expires, you will have breached another condition on your visa -namely condition 8531 'Must leave before visa expiry'. This means that penalties will be imposed on your sponsor even if the ‘No Further Stay’ condition is waived and you are granted another visa. Note: In addition, any security bond lodged in support of that visitor visa or professional development visa application might be forfeited. Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) If your work and holiday visa contains a ‘No Further Stay’ condition, you cannot request that it be waived and you must leave Australia before your visa expires. Waiver of 'No Further Stay' conditions Requesting a waiver of 'No Further Stay' conditions It is not possible to request that a 'No Further Stay' condition be left off your visa at the time you apply for the visa. If you are in Australia holding a visa with condition 8503 imposed on it and your circumstances change, there is provision to waive the condition in limited circumstances that are set out at Regulation 2.05(4) of Australia's migration legislation. This regulation states: The circumstances in which the minister might waive [condition 8503] are: since the person was granted the visa that was subject to the condition, compelling and compassionate circumstances have developed: over which the person had no control that resulted in a major change to the person's circumstances if the minister has previously refused to waive the condition, the minister is satisfied that the circumstances mentioned in paragraph (a) are substantially different from those considered previously if the person asks the minister to waive the condition, the request is in writing'. It is not possible for the Department to consider waiving the condition for any other reasons. Therefore, if you do request a waiver of a 'No Further Stay' condition, the departmental officer who considers your request must be satisfied that all the above requirements apply in your case, namely that: the circumstances that have developed since you were granted the visa are both compassionate and compelling you had no control over these circumstances these circumstances have resulted in a major change to your personal circumstances. Waiver is not automatic; each request is decided by assessing your particular circumstances against the above legal requirements. Circumstances not considered beyond the applicant's control The following circumstances would not under policy constitute a situation that would be regarded as 'beyond the control' of the visa holder for the purposes of the waiver provisions: Marriage to (or commencing a de facto partner relationship with) an Australian citizen or permanent resident Pregnancy (women who become pregnant while in Australia would generally need to have evidence they are unable to leave Australia). Failure to complete a course due to failing a subject. Requesting a waiver on 'No Further Stay' conditions A request for waiver of condition 8503, 8534 or 8535 can be made by completing Form 1447 'No Further Stay' waiver request (374KB PDF) 1447.pdf or by request in writing by the visa holder. Where to send a request for waiver To ensure your request is processed in a timely manner, you should email your completed form 1447 or your written request with all supporting documentation to the following email address: NoFurtherStayWaiverRequest@border​.gov.au. If you are unable to email your request, you can post your completed 1447 form or written request with all supporting documentation to the office below: Department of Immigration and Border Protection Brisbane No Further Stay Waiver Request Processing Centre GPO Box 9984 Brisbane Qld 4001. Processing Times Generally, it takes up to 28 days to receive an outcome on a waiver request. It might take longer if you are invited to provide further information or undergo a medical examination. Decision cannot be reviewed The decision not to waive condition 8503, 8534 or 8535 cannot be reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal or by another Department office. The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection does not have any power to intervene if condition 8503, 8534 or 8535 is not waived. If your circumstances change significantly after you have had a waiver request refused, you can lodge a second request. You must explain how the new circumstances are substantially different from those considered by the Department in your previous waiver request. Visa validity and remaining lawful If your visa will soon expire Requests for waiver of 'No Further Stay' conditions cannot be decided 'on the spot' as they require careful consideration against legal criteria. It might not be possible for the Department to make a decision on your request before your visa expires. Lodging a request for waiver of a 'No Further Stay' condition does not automatically mean that you will be lawfully in Australia until the request is decided. If your visa expires before the Department can decide your request, you will become unlawful. This has serious consequences. If you cannot depart Australia before your visa expires, you must contact us immediately for assistance on 1300 853 773 between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday or visit an office of the Department. It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid visa for the whole of your stay in Australia. If your visa has already expired and you are waiting for a decision on your waiver request If your visa has already expired and the Department has not decided your waiver request, you need to visit one of our offices as soon as possible and ask to speak to the Community Status Resolution Service (CSRS) to discuss your immigration status. If you are located by the Department, you could be detained and removed from Australia. For more information call 1300 853 773. If 'No Further Stay' condition is waived When a 'No Further Stay' condition is waived, you can apply for another visa if you meet the validity requirements without having to depart Australia. There is no guarantee that you will be granted another visa as this will depend on whether you satisfy the legal requirements for that visa. In addition, if another visa is granted to you it might also contain a 'No Further Stay' condition. If 'No Further Stay' condition is not waived If the 'No Further Stay' condition is not waived, you will not be able to apply for another substantive visa while you are in Australia.
  11. CHANGES TO THE PENSION Under reforms introduced by the Turnbull Government today Seniors living overseas would have their aged pensions cut off after six weeks, down from 26 weeks. Source:News.com.au
  12. BlueDog

    Onshore Partner Visa Before Pmv Is Granted

    It should be possible as there is no 8503 condition. I did, but we qualified for defacto and applied onshore on the last day of the Visitor Visa as Bangkok had not even looked at the case file.
  13. Australian Visa Forum Launches New Member Rank - Champion Australian Visa Forum have launched a new member rank - Champion, The rank of Champion is to recognize the members who contribute significantly to the forum and provide excellence in the knowledge they posses regarding visa's for Australia when replying. To achieve the rank of Champion, a post count of 300 much be reached. Current members who have achieved Champion status are: AussieDude - 1,082 posts Aussie_83 - 730 posts Emerald - 531 posts Jyotikaran - 495 posts gm6 - 460 posts DCsharma 386 posts wonder -364 posts Kanga - 343 posts Max longwaited - 301 posts From the management and other members as well as guests we would like to thank these Champions for their contribution to the forum. Services available for members Discount Flights - Best fares Guaranteed lowest rates on hotels, from Hotels Combined
  14. BlueDog

    Partner Visa Quesion.

    You can only apply for another visitor visa, you may be lucky and get one that doesn't have the 8503 condition which means you can apply for another once the first is coming to an end, they may grant a 12 month visa, but she will have to go home every 3 months.
  15. BlueDog

    Partner Or Prospective Visa Help!

    If you can get the VV with 8503 you would not need to get married just to apply onshore, you could apply for a Partner visa under defacto criteria on the last day of the VV which would have given you 12 months living together, it's what I did when Bangkok were dragging their feet with the offshore application, we lodged on the last day and got a bridging visa, they weren't happy about it, but they had to provide it as we met the criteria, it did mean another application fee, but that was less than the flights and stuffing around.
  16. A Visitor visa (subclass 600) will cover you for your trip. This visa lets you visit Australia: - to visit or for business visitor purposes - for up to three, six or 12 months. The base application charge for this visa ranges from AUD135 to AUD1000.
  17. Applying for Australian PR? Check out the new ACT occupation list Several occupations that were closed previously, have now been opened in the Australian Capital Territory. Are you waiting to apply for a Permanent Residency in Australia, but your occupation isn't on the list? Well, your wait may be over. Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has released its updated occupation list, and several occupations that were closed earlier, have now been opened for state nomination. The national capital of Australia is offering state nomination to journalists, public relations professionals, sales and marketing professionals, cafe and restaurant managers, management consultants, real estate agents, nurses and chefs among others. Check the updated ACT Occupation List here. The occupations identified do not relate to a specific job vacancy nor represent a guarantee of a job in a specific occupation. Your success finding employment will depend on the employer requirements, relevant skills and experience and level of English ability. In order to obtain a state nomination, applicants are required to have a positive assessment of skills, work experience and educational qualifications from a relevant authority. Details can be found on the official ACT website.
  18. Australia & New Zealand To Negotiate New Immigration Deals Following Brexit In a move that will greatly benefit the potential for Commonwealth freedom of movement, the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced that Australia will team up with New Zealand in a bid to negotiate new trade and immigration deals in the wake of the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom. He has also ordered an urgent review from Treasury officials and diplomats over the implications of Britain's exit from the European Union. Following the UK's June 23rd referendum result, the potential for freedom of movement between Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada has now become a hot topic among many politicians and supporters of the initiative. By leaving the European Union, the United Kingdom will soon be exempt from unlimited free movement with other EU member states, and therefore, able to negotiate its own immigration protocols including free movement agreements within the Commonwealth. Mr Turnbull told reporters in Adelaide on Monday that he'd been in contact with his New Zealand counterpart, John Key, detailing the implications of Friday's vote as "considerable". "We have many, many common interests in terms of dealing with that, both from a trade point of view, from a movement of persons point of view..." he said. "There are some big issues in terms of the access of Australians and New Zealanders to Europe, and indeed, to the United Kingdom." Mr Turnbull said he wanted to establish a "collaborative, cooperative framework" with New Zealand if he was returned as Prime Minister. He warned there were "opportunities and challenges" arising from the United Kingdom's decision, and he had ordered a "comprehensive report" on its likely consequences. As the leading international organisation advocating for free movement between the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the CFMO will be campaigning to newly elected officials within the Australian parliament following the July 2nd election. As free movement is a rapidly growing concept among politicians and citizens of our four nations, we are determined to introduce the free movement idea as part of Australia's government policy, regardless of who is elected following the national election. Considering Mr. Turnbull has acknowledged negotiating immigration deals with New Zealand (in consideration of the UK's referendum result), this suggests that the topic of free movement will be discussed in-depth by numerous officials and diplomats, and we will advocate strongly for our proposals to be high on the Australian government's agenda. We will also be submitting a formal letter to all Members of Parliament in Australia, detailing the reasons why pursuing a free movement initiative with the United Kingdom and Canada is in the best interests of Australian citizens and the Australian economy. We will publish the letter via our website upon submission. To contact your local Member of Parliament, Minister for Immigration and Prime Minister in Australia (following the July 2nd election), please visit our Email Campaign section for further information.
  19. BlueDog


    There are various reasons, upcoming upgrades to the forum software and also it doesnt have some integration functions we desire. The Mobile skin provides pretty much the same functionality. We will be upgrading the forum to version 4 shortly, which looks a fair bit different.
  20. Please note that negative feedback in a nasty way will be deleted to protect posters from possible liability
  21. Australian Visa Forum Launch Thai Forum Section Australian Visa Forum have launched a Thai section where you can ask all your questions about Visa's for Thailand, starting a company in Thailand, Work Permits, Legal Matters, assistance with any documentation for Visa's to Australia, Property and how to own it. These services will be very beneficial for members who have partners from Thailand and may want to spend time now or in their retirement in Thailand, open a business for themselves or family in Thailand, purchase, property or a vehicle or just require assistance with documentation and translations for Marriage process in Thailand. About Sunbelt Asia Sunbelt Asia is Thailand’s largest legal and business services network. Our offices in Bangkok can service clients in all areas of the country via email and personal visits. Our services include mergers and acquisitions, company formations, work permits, immigration, family law, marriage and divorce, property including usufructs and leases, condo purchases and more. We offer legal specialists in forming Board of Investment promoted companies and are offer expertise in forming companies for Americans under the Treaty of Amity. Sunbelt Legal Advisors are a team of International Advisors working hand in hand with licensed Thai lawyers to offer the most accurate advice and definitive legal services for living and working in Thailand. Our lawyers are fluent in English and can explain the intricacies of the Thai legal and business system to you. We are a full service business, legal and property center for foreigners living and working in Thailand. For all your questions you can post them here
  22. Are you confusing validity period with length of stay, the 12 month length of stay can have a 3 or 5 year validity based on different cases. Multiple entry visas with a maximum stay of 12 months will be considered on a case- by-case basis with maximum validity periods of up to: five years for parents outside Australia and in the Parent visa queue three years for parents outside Australia who have: o had a previous Australian visa and complied with the conditions; and o have not applied for a Parent visa; or o have applied for a Parent visa but are not yet in the Parent visa queue 18 months for parents who have: o not previously travelled to Australia; and o have not applied for a Parent visa; or o have applied for a Parent visa but are not yet in the Parent visa queue.
  23. I think he is asking why they wouldn't question her if she went back to Thailand and came back, but would if she went to NZ and came back
  24. Want to migrate to Australia? 2016-17 Skilled Occupations List (SOL) announced The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have just released the 2016-2017 Skilled Occupations List (SOL). This list will come into effect from 1st July, 2016. The Skilled Occupations List is used for 189 (Skilled Independent Visa), 489 (Skilled Regional Provisional Visa) and 485 (Graduate Temporary Visa) visa applications. The DIBP have also released the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL) which is used for 190 (Skilled Nominated Visa), 457 (Temporary Work Skilled Visa) and 186 (Employer Nominated Scheme) visa applications. Here’s the Skilled Occupations List 2016-17