Trust me to stumble at the first hurdle
Anyways, what I'm hoping you lovely people could shed some light on, is where's best to get the visa from? I went through www.visabureau.co.uk and they rang me back, quoted £159 and I said I'd pay it next month with birthday money (April 14th by the way!)
Now I think I found a previous thread on here by someone warning other people away from this site in favor of the Australian Immigration website. However, visa bureau do seem to offer a lot of post sale care/service, though I'm not sure if half of it is necessary as I have the added security of a brother in Adelaide if anything does go amazingly wrong.
So yeah, the short of it is - do I go to the licensed migration agent, or the Australian immigration themselves?
If you're talking about the working holiday visa, there's absolutely no reason not to do this yourself - the questions to fill in are easy and straightforward, and (assuming you've never had a criminal conviction or somesuch) you're virtually guaranteed to get the visa within days.
Sanders probably right. The working holiday visa online application is quick, and costs about 80 pounds. If you have any pressing questions about it just ask or read these FAQs http://www.studyworkandtravel.com/html/FAQs.htm.
I'm a licensed agent as well and can tell you that their website and information is excellent, and very up to date. Despite the visa process being quite straightforward there are those of us in the world who like to pay others to do things for us. That said the visa bureaus fees seem very reasonable.
What else do they offer to Working Holiday Makers? I couldn't see anything on the site.
There's a pdf file to download which has a bit more about what they offer:
- priority processing
- detailed instructions on how to obtain an Australian bank account, a tax file number, discounted travel insurance and a free night's accomodation in Sydney
- a full listing of job contacts and accomodation contacts
- full email and telephone support for the duration of your visa
All seems fairly straightforward to be honest, and looking at it now I could probably do it myself or at least with some help from brother and his wife.
Cheers for the help!