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Urgent: WHV "The Actual Visa"

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Urgent: WHV "The Actual Visa"

1. Posted by somme (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Hey, I'm going to Australia in December with my friend, we both applied for a visa through

She has received a letter through the post with a "grant number" but the letter states that when she gets to Australia she will have to get a visa label. I thought that you had to have one of these before you left otherwise they wouldn't let you in...:S

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4892 posts) 11y

No, this is common practice now. They scan your passport to see if its number is in the database of those who have a visa, and then you're just let in. Before you can work however, you have to pick up the physical label. If you're flying into Sydney, you can do that right there at the airport (there's a booth immediately after the passport check), otherwise you'll have to go to an office in one of the big cities.

3. Posted by ozintro (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

No, it's all done electronically.
When you arrive in Australia immigration will direct you towards a desk where you will receive your visa label stuck in your passport.

4. Posted by ozintro (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

(i'm agreeing with Sander there.)

5. Posted by somme (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y

Phewww. Thanks, was really worried there for a moment. Well thats a weight off of my mind now. Thanks again. :D

6. Posted by k8iejo1983 (Budding Member 49 posts) 11y

A handy tip for those purchasing their working holiday visa is to get it directly through the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs website as it is far cheaper.

I did this last week. Filled out a quick online form and paid £75. My application was approved less than 24 hours later. Had I bought it through VisaFirst it would've cost me £115.

Why pay others to fill out the forms for you?? Save the money for your travels!

  • Kate*