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Proof of funds on entering the UK for a working holiday

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1. Posted by Wozza (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Gleeting! I'm off on something of an intrepid trip soon (which will hopefully include much intrepid tripping, too! heh), and if all goes to plan (of course it won't, but that's half the fun...) I'm going to end up in the UK.
I've applied for, and received, a working holiday visa. In spite of everything I've read about UK working holiday visas, I only had NZ$2500 (GBP 950), plus NZ$1200 (GBP 450) for a ticket home, and I had no dramas.
But now I'm wondering, will my finances be checked at the border? The thing is, since nobody specified how much I'd need, it seems possible that I could be granted the visa, then turned down at the border for lack of funds. Which would suck =P

If anyone has any recent experience with this that they could share, I'd really appreciate it. Maybe I'll end up swimming the channel ;)

Cheers

2. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

You may need a shark-proof cage

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

have some cash (in pounds)with you, credit cards (maybe with the statements stating your credit limit).

Ask your family to put some money (the more the better)into your account, order the bank statement and take money out the next day.

Book B&B - ask them to send you a confirmation letter - and cancell your booking when you get it.

4. Posted by Wozza (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Cheers for the advice, I'll keep it all in mind. I might have some problems getting recent bank statements, though, as I'll be travelling for a few months before I arrive (I'll be entering from France, I think), and won't have a postal address or anything.

5. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

use hostels address or fax.

there is 'poste restante' service - letter is send to the main post office in town and you pick it up with your ID

6. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Quoting Wozza

Cheers for the advice, I'll keep it all in mind. I might have some problems getting recent bank statements, though, as I'll be travelling for a few months before I arrive (I'll be entering from France, I think), and won't have a postal address or anything.

Cant you use internet banking - then you can just print off your statements at any internet cafe!!!!

7. Posted by Wozza (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Hm, hotel might be a plan. I don't know about the internet banking...I'll be setting up the account with a bank in the UK, through a bank here in NZ, and I only have a couple of weeks. Still, we'll see what happens =P

Cheers once again

8. Posted by Porcelina (Full Member 18 posts) 11y

I was asked how much money I had at the border, but I didn't have to provide proof. I did carry with me a bank draft for £2500 and also a bank statement (HSBC, UK) for roughly the same amount.

9. Posted by notarealme (Full Member 49 posts) 11y

Being from Australia / New Zealand i wouldnt see a problem with you getting in the country, you more then likely fit the bill for people they want, remember there is an election at the moment and they dont want people from 3rd world countrys coming here and claiming of the state as its a major election issue.