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Hi, I’m John, solicitor, and reviewing your post, and may need to ask a few questions a long the way to assist you.
In regard to your very important matter, your friend will be able to apply for a parental Visa in regard to the parenting of the children.
What I suggest you do at this present time is engage a local immigration lawyer to act on her behalf in Australia to complete the application form as this will insure matters are dealt with correctly and precisely with the immigration department.
Parent visa 103 will allow you
stay in Australia indefinitely
work and study in Australia
enrol in Australia's public health care scheme, Medicare
sponsor your family members to come to Australia
apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible
You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date we grant this visa. This is as long as the travel facility on this visa remains valid.
If you want to travel after the initial 5-year travel facility:
you will need to apply for and be granted a Resident Return (RRV) so that you can re-enter Australia as a permanent resident
you might also want to consider Australian citizenship. If you become an Australian citizen, you don't require a visa to enter Australia. You will need to apply for an Australian passport and use it to leave and re-enter Australia. See more about eligibility requirements and current processing times for Australian citizenship
If you apply for the subclass 103 visa as a retiree you don't have to:
meet the balance of family test, or
have a sponsor or an assurance of support
This visa costs from AUD6,100.
You pay for this visa in 2 parts called instalments. Pay the first instalment when you apply. Pay the second instalment when we ask you to.
There is also a charge for any family member who applies with you.
You can be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply for the visa.
You must be outside Australia when we decide on your application.
If you apply in Australia, any family members who apply with you must also be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply. If you apply outside Australia, any family members who apply for the visa with you must also be outside Australia when you apply.
If you are applying as a retiree you must be in Australia, but not in immigration clearance, when you apply. You can be in or outside Australia when we decide on your application.
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