How to Extend Australia PR Initial Entry Date?

Request extension of initial entry date for Australia PR easily by sending email to DHA. Good reason include pregnancy, child exams, medical surgery or travel problems.

Anil Gupta
  By Anil Gupta    Updated  15 Mar, 20


Can PR initial entry date be extended?

Australia PR initial entry date can be extended.

How to request the IED date extension?

You should email your extension of initial entry date request to Skilled Support email address: skilled.support@homeaffairs.gov.au

What are the chances of entry date extension request approval?

The chances of date approval depend on your supporting documents.

The Australian migration officer may reject your extension request if they are not satisfied with your request.

Do all applicants have to enter before IED?

Everyone gets their own initial entry date after PR approval and hence each one has to enter Australia to activate the PR.

All applicants in the family have to comply with their Initial entry date requirement individually.

Is Australia Visa canceled if IED extension request is made?

The Australia PR visa is not canceled if you request entry date extension.

What is IED extension processing time?

Australian department of home affairs responds to your extension request within 2-7 days.

Chances of Initial Entry Date Extension?

The first entry date is mentioned as ‘On first Entry, Arrive by’.

Australia PR grant letter
Australia PR grant letter

The chances of approval of IED date vary with your situation. You should request an advancement of entry date only if you have a legitimate reason.

Examples of valid reasons for extending PR entry date:

#1 Pregnant Wife

Many families have a situation where they cannot travel as the lady in the house is expecting to deliver. If you are planning to request extension, you should send the doctor’s travel recommendation on official letter head.

#2 Kid Study Completion – Exams

You can wait till your kid completes a particular standard or year in your home country.

To make your case stronger, it is better to send the official letter from school principal in your email to Australia immigration.

#3 Medical Condition

Make sure that you have declared your medical condition while applying for your Australia PR.

If this is a new condition, then you can request your date change with doctor’s letter.

#4 Coronavirus Travel Bans

You should be easily able to get an extension with Coronavirus travel bans in place. I do not think there are any supporting documents required unless specifically requested by the immigration officer.

Australian Immigration DIBP IED extension policy

DIBP is usually pretty strict with the Initial Entry Date (IED) and clearly, mentions that **cannot be changed or extended** once the visa is granted.

The visa holder must enter Australia before the date specified.

Your visa can be canceled if you do not enter by initial entry date unless exceptional and compelling reasons have prevented them you from traveling.

IED extended as wife expecting, Child born – Does child need PR visa too?

New born child needs Australia PR to travel with you to Australia.

You should apply for Australia visa or the same dependent 189 or 190 PR if you have already got one for yourself.

IED extension facilitation letter

Australian immigration department sends an official letter which shows a new extended entry date. This letter is called ‘IED facilitation letter’.

You will be asked to show this letter at immigration check after landing at Australian airport.

Sample IED Facilitation Letter

The IED letter has this content and is sent by email.


Children born outside of Australia
Please be aware that for a child born outside of Australia (where neither parent is an Australian citizen) you will need to apply for and be granted a visa for that child prior to your travel to Australia. For more information about applicable visas please refer to the department’s website


COVER LETTER

Dear *****,

Thank you for your email, and for the emails your client has sent.

Please find attached a facilitation letter which will facilitate your client’s entry into Australia after the Initial Entry Date expiry. You should retain a copy of this letter, and I have forwarded it to your clients as well as they may require it when making their travel arrangements, when boarding their flights or on arrival in Australia.

Please draw your clients attention to the specific clause titled “Children Born outside of Australia”, copied below with regard to the impending birth of the clients twin children.

Children born outside of Australia

Please be aware that for a child born outside of Australia (where neither parent is an Australian citizen) you will need to apply for and be granted a visa for that child prior to your travel to Australia. For more information about applicable visas please refer to the department’s website

Regards,

Skilled Support Officer – Skilled Support – General Skilled Migration Program Section
Economic and Skilled Visa Program Branch – Visa and Citizenship Management Division
Visa and Citizenship Services Group
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Email: skilled.support@border.gov.au

ATTACHMENT 1

Primary Visa Holder: ***********************
Visa: Class Skilled – Independent (Web) (SI 189)

NOTIFICATION REGARDING TRAVEL IN BREACH OF VISA CONDITION 8504

Dear ***********,
I am writing with reference to the Class Skilled – Independent (Web) (SI 189) visa(s), granted on 01/10/2018, and which included the following visa condition:
8504 The holder must enter Australia as the holder of the visa to which the condition applies before a date specified by the Minister.
This condition required that an initial entry into Australia by each visa holder be made before 31/12/2018.
Recently this department received correspondence advising that the following visa holder(s) may not comply with this condition by entering Australia within the prescribed timeframe.
• Primary Applicant
• Secondary Applicant

While failure to comply with visa conditions may render a visa liable for cancellation under the Migration Act 1958 I am writing to advise that the department has decided not to cancel the relevant visa(s).
General Skilled Migration has no objection to the visa holder(s) travelling to and entering Australia while they continue to hold a Class Skilled – Independent (Web) (SI 189) visa.

The expiry date of the visa(s) is: 01/10/2023

If your General Skilled Migration visa has ceased for any reason then you cannot use this notice to enter Australia as the holder of that visa.

Children born outside of Australia
Please be aware that for a child born outside of Australia (where neither parent is an Australian citizen) you will need to apply for and be granted a visa for that child prior to your travel to Australia. For more information about applicable visas please refer to the department’s website
See: www.border.gov.au 2

Travelling to Australia
This notice should be sufficient evidence for a travel provider to be satisfied that the visa holder can enter Australia as the holder of a General Skilled Migration visa.
You should retain a copy of this letter as you may require it when making your travel arrangements, when boarding your flight(s) or on arrival in Australia.
Please note that some delays may be encountered upon arrival into Australia while visa validity is verified.
If you require any further assistance regarding this matter please email skilled.support@border.gov.au

Yours sincerely
Gavin
Position number 4188
Skilled Support Officer, General Skilled Migration Service Delivery and Support Section
Permanent Visa & Citizenship Programme Branch | Visa & Citizenship Management Division
Visa & Citizenship Services Group
Department of Immigration and Border Protection

ATTACHMENT 2

NOTICE TO GENERAL SKILLED MIGRATION VISA HOLDERS ABOUT TRAVELLING IN BREACH OF THEIR VISA’S INITIAL ENTRY DATE

The grant of your General Skilled Migration visa included the following visa condition:
8504 The holder must enter Australia as the holder of the visa to which the condition applies before a date specified by the Minister.
This condition requires that an initial entry into Australia by each visa holder be made before the date specified in the “Visa Grant Notice” provided to you when your visa was granted.
General Skilled Migration is aware that you and/or your family members who were granted a visa as part of your application may not comply with this condition.
Failure to comply with visa conditions can render a visa liable for cancellation under the Migration Act 1958 and visa holders are encouraged to make their first entry by the initial entry date.
General Skilled Migration; however; has no objection to visa holders travelling to Australia in breach of condition 8504 and will not seek to cancel a visa where the only reason for doing so would be the breach of this condition.

Visa Validity Period
This notice can only be used during the period for which you hold a valid visa. Information about your visa validity period is also contained in the “Visa Grant Notice”.
If your General Skilled Migration visa has ceased for any reason then you cannot use this notice to enter Australia as the holder of this visa.

Children born outside of Australia
Please be aware that for a child born outside of Australia (where neither parent is an Australian citizen) you will need to apply for; and be granted; a visa for that child prior to your travel to Australia. For more information about applicable visas please refer to the department’s website. See: www.border.gov.au 2

Travelling to Australia
This notice should be sufficient evidence for a travel provider to be satisfied that the visa holder can enter Australia as the holder of a General Skilled Migration visa.
Visa holder(s) may wish to carry a copy of this notice to present to the airline when checking in at the airport and on arrival into Australia.
Please note that some delays may be encountered upon arrival into Australia while visa validity is verified.
If you require any further assistance please email skilled.support@border.gov.au
General Skilled Migration


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