The holiday season is a time for family and many people will be travelling overseas to be with loved ones. No-one needs an unpleasant trip through airport Immigration to ruin their holiday, so here are a few points to consider before you go;
- Do you have the right visa to travel? If you are on a Bridging Visa A while awaiting a decision on your visa application, you must apply for a Bridging Visa B with travel rights and this should be done a week or two before you intend to travel.
- When do your visa expire? Check that there is plenty of time left on your current visa to ensure that you can travel back in to Australia. Permanent Residents also need a visa to travel, so check that this is still valid or if you need to apply for a Resident Return Visa.
- When does your passport expire? Some airlines require passports with at least a few months validity before they will let you travel. If your passport is due to expire soon, check with the airline and then contact your local Embassy or Consulate about passport renewal. If you are an Australia or New Zealand Citizen, it is still a good idea to check when your passport expires to avoid any nasty surprises.
- Have you renewed your passport recently? Visas are linked electronically to your passport, so if the passport changes you must update the Department of Immigration to ensure your records are correct.
- Are you a temporary visa holder with a child born in Australia? You must contact the Department of Immigration and provide a copy of the child's birth certificate and passport so the child can be added to your visa. If you don't, your child will not have a visa to re-enter Australia.