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Is a work visa necessary for Australia/NZ?

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1. Posted by kmoe (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

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I'm travelling to Australia & New Zealand shortly and may or may not look for work - I have been told by some people that it's possible to get jobs in both countries without having a working visa - is this true? I don't want to spend the money on working visa's for each country if I'm not going to use them, I think the cost is about $150 for each visa.

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4951 posts) 10y

To be allowed to work (for australia & new zealand, and generally for anywhere in the world), you need a visa that allows work (e.g. not a tourist visa). Besides real work visas, that require sponsorship from a company or other things that are hard to qualify for, you can use a working holiday visa - a visa for people who mostly intend to travel through the country, but will do so for so long (up to a year, with (for australia) the possibility of extending to a second year) that they need to work in between to finance this. The cost for this visa is roughly $100 (canadian) - which, as working visas go, is absolutely and thoroughly dirt cheap, and should be a vanishingly small amount compared to the total costs of your trip. (A bigger issue is that you can only have one (for each country) in a lifetime, so if you wouldn't need it, and don't plan on spending more than three months in each country, sticking to a tourist visa is definitely preferable.)
Of course it's always possible to find work illegally. But I strongly advise against trying this. Immigration is very fierce about it, and if they catch you, you'll be deported and unable to get back into the country for 5 years.

3. Posted by Mr Gecko (Inactive 34 posts) 10y

not having a working visa rues yours chances of finding work.
you will make finding work for yourself sooooooooooooooooo much more difficult. in some cases companys will just love to employ you but without the working visa you are not allowing companys to giving you this opportunity.

the majority of companys will not take you on board without this important stamp on your passport. if they do, they risk getting a major fine! and government officials will in future closely look at there day to day business operations...simply not worth it for them.

it is also not worth it for you. you make it difficult on yourself, plus you will be banned from entering australia again if caught, also other countrys such as united states of america and europe will have access to your file in terms of serious crime committed, banned from australia.
will not go down very well with the americans at all. you run the risk of getting lots of grief in other countrys too as they will be affraid that you might do the same.

get the visa bro! its stupid cheap too! and may save your ass big time!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 31, 2007, at 12:53 PM by Mr Gecko ]

4. Posted by kmoe (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Thanks for the info - looks like I would be smart to just get the visa. The working holiday visa sounds like a good way to go - just wish it wasn't a one time deal - hard to say I won't ever be back! Either way it sounds like working without a visa isn't too smart. Now I'm just wondering if I'm too late to get the working holiday visa - I leave in 16 days so I don't have much time to apply.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4951 posts) 10y

The working holiday visa is almost always approved within a week (often even within a day), so you should still be fine for that.

6. Posted by juninho (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Quoting Sander

The working holiday visa is almost always approved within a week (often even within a day), so you should still be fine for that.

I applied for mine 8 days ago and it hasn't come thru yet. I leave on saturday and I am sweating big time! fingers crossed!