Understanding Visa Requirements After Leaving Australia Without a Valid Visa

Zhanna Heenan

Visa News

If you left Australia without a valid visa or with certain non-substantive visas, you might face extra conditions known as Public Interest Criteria when applying for a new Australian visa. Navigating the complexities of Australian immigration law can be challenging, especially if you’ve previously left the country under specific circumstances. In this post, we’ll break down the essential points to help you understand these conditions and what they mean for your visa application.

Risk Factor and Visa Application Timing

When reapplying for a visa after leaving Australia, there are particular requirements based on your previous visa status.

Here are the key scenarios:

Application Timing:

What Are the Risk Factors of applying for a new Australian visa after you left Australia unlawfully?

A risk factor applies to you if you left Australia in one of the following situations:

 Exceptions to the Risk Factors

These risk factors don’t apply if:

Bridging and Substantive Visas Definitions

Bridging Visas: Temporary visas that allow you to stay in Australia while your main visa application is being processed or after your main visa has expired.

Substantive Visa: A primary visa, not including bridging visas or other temporary visas.

Compelling and Compassionate Circumstances

Practical Examples

If you leave Australia without a valid visa or with certain temporary visas, understanding these conditions is crucial for your future visa applications. By knowing whether risk factors apply to you and whether you qualify for exceptions, you can better navigate the visa process and increase your chances of a successful application. If you’re in a situation involving these complexities, book an appointment with Heenan & Browne Visa migration services to receive expert advice from one of our migration agents and ensure you meet all necessary requirements to present the strongest case possible when applying for an Australian visa.



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