Hi, I'm a UK citizen leaving for Oz in around 3 weeks, and am looking for advice from people who have done the WH visa scheme. In the online application I was asked if I had $5000 in my bank account, and I said I did, which was perhaps not the most honest of answers in retrospect. But anyway, will I have to show proof of funds (ie a bank statement) when I enter Australia, or do they not generally bother checking?
Any help would be greatly appreciated, ta. Neil.
I didn't know they still required this in the actual application forms but used it more as a general guideline. Mind you, it's a good amount to have: if you don't have the money, you'd do good in trying to arrange it before then as it really helps to have roughly this amount when you get there.
On the checking at the airport, I don't think they actually do this in many cases, but theoretically they could I guess... anyone with any first hand experiences on this?
Usually - if you are stopped and questioned, they ask for "evidence" or "proof of funds", ie a bank statement, travellers cheques, anything that says you have $5K.
Do what I did for my UK visa.... borrow $5K. Bank it. Get a statement. Return the $5K.
In all the threads where this question has come up, I've never seen anyone say that they were actually asked to show proof of funds.
As long as you don't look like a total bum, you should be just waved through.
That said, as Sam noted, this is a really good rough estimate for how much money to possess before going. Backpacker jobs do not allow you to grow rich - they'll just help you keep travelling and make the money last longer.
1. A working holiday visa allows you to come to Australia on a one-way ticket.
2. Being young and from a low-risk (all Working Holiday Visa eligible countries) country you don't pose a health risk and have a reasonable prospect of getting a job.
So if you have a return ticket and a bit of cash or a credit card and a reasonable chance of getting a job in employee-starved Australia you will be fine and won't be challenged. The actual figure of $5000 is just nominal on the assumption you will be here for 6-months or more. The actual govt regulations use terms such as "sufficient funds."
Excellent. Thanks for all the info guys, will keep it in mind.
Just read this thread and I've been trying to find out for ages about that problem (I've got a job already arranged, but have no way to get that ammount of money before I leave) end of Nov (and yes i DO know I'm cutting it close)!!