Now that we’re settled down in this temporary apartment, it’s time to speed up the process to apply for the Australia Visa. Besides the official government immigration site, I’ve found this page to be quite helpful. Since both of us are older than 30, there is no chance for us to apply the great Working Holiday visa, which allows one year travel and work in Oz.
The only choice is to apply the visitor visa, which allows up to three months stay, no work allowed. What makes it not so great is China citizen is one of the few that couldn’t apply the visa from online. I’m also suspecting that instead of up to 3 months, we might be able to stay only 30 days. One possibility to stay a bit longer is to get to Oz first, then try to get a temporary working permit there. Once we have that in hand, we could work for a few of weeks to get enough money for a grand tour over Oz by campervans for one or two months. (Now that I start to understand how big Australia is. 🙂
Besides the discussion over travel plan, here are a couple of others things we’ve get done today:
- Get the bank to print out our bank account activities in the last 12 months. 17 copies with their stamps on each page.
- Pay for CNY20 each for 6 copies of saving certification, which is required by some countries as a way to prove the financial status of applicant.
- Call up ctrip.com to find out the cheapest flight ticket to Sydney is Qantas QF130 on Feb. 5th. It costs 5368, tax included, for one person. Set a reservation for both of us. Payment due at Jan. 15th. We’ll have to know for sure whether we’ll get the visa or not by that time.
- Zephyr spent tonight updating our content extraction engine code for a potential buyer. Hopefully that could instill some cash into our bank account.
- Called up our families to get our Hu Kou photo copied and sent to us. Once we receive these, we should be able to kick off the application process. For those of you who don’t know what Hu Kou is, here is a great article fyi.