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JaseandAnne

Resident Return Visa question again

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Sooooo, my two older children are Aussie residents but are in the UK finishing their education, they are due to come out in July but my question is do I have to get them a RRv or can I just get them a holiday visa? RRV are expensive and if you have spent less than two years here, which they have, they are only granted for a year. They are only staying for 6 weeks and by the time they are due to come again the RRV will have expired.

The visa system is just a money making exercise but thats my personal opinion. I got a RRV last year to go to a wedding, cost me $360 and only lasted a year, had to provide proof of staying here even though I'd been here well over a year (fair enough) then they only grant travel for a year. Would happily apply for citizenship but have to be here 4 years!! All the jobs I want to apply for require you to be a citizen, says it all really! Anyway thats a rant for another post! 

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They will need RRV's - I've read somewhere that if you get a tourist visa it would cancel your PR visa.  

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As Ali says, they will need an RRV and a tourist visa may cancel there PR on the basis that once a new visa is granted it overrides previous grants. They should also be aware that there in no gauruntee of on going RRV's as the criteria is two years in the last five spent in Oz or significant ties and the fact their parents are there isn't necessarily a significant tie in the eyes of the department. The department are fairly lenient with this and I have no issue they will get one. But beyond that may be pushing it. 

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Thanks for the replies, when they came last year they still had about a month left on the travel part of the visa. When they got to Heathrow the check in staff said they could not see either of them having a visa with valid travel provision and issued them with a holiday visa, at the cost of £50 each!! When they arrived I contacted the Department of Immigration to query this. I was told that the airport staff didnt look properly and she would cancel the holiday visa, never got my £100 back though!! Theiving Bas*ards ;-) 

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