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Do you have to be 18 to apply for an Australian WHV?

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Do you have to be 18 to apply for an Australian WHV?

1. Posted by Hobbsie (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

A member of our group isn't 18 until a few weeks before we plan to go to OZ next year, but we wan't to get our VISAS and flights sorted out about 5 months before we leave. Does he have to wait until he is 18 to get his WHV??? If so, should he still books his flights with us before he get's his VISA?

Thanks in advance, Hobbsie. :)

2. Posted by ricey (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

my visa took 12 hours to come through.i would book the flight if were him.a few weeks will be enough time to get his visa

3. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 11y

Yes, you cannot apply until you are 18 - no exceptions.

If your friend has no issues of interest to the Oz govt the visa should take no more than 48 hours. If its rejected then you lose part or all of the flight cost. So, cover your ass: try and get a flight that you pay a deposit only or is refundable if you cancel a certain time before you fly; explain the situation to the travel agent and see where it gets you. Flights can be confirmed only a few weeks out and travel agents know this. They want your money in the bank ASAP - which is ok as they are running a business. And if you do strike a deal with the travel agent - get it in writing.

Your visa shouldn't be a problem though. Very few are rejected.