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1. Posted by Zac S (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

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Hey guys, Im a college student wanting to live with my girlfriend (who is an Aus. Citizen) in Brisbane over my summer (May-Aug). The only way I can afford it is to work while I'm there. Trhough my 'web-research' i have found it pretty impossible to get a work visa, because im a US National. Ive heard of other Visas (special programs 416, business sponsorhip) such as BUNAC, but the upfront costs seem pretty hefty. does anyone know of a way around them, or of cheaper programs, or any advice whatsoever!? Please help!

THanks a ton!
Zac

2. Posted by mista2kool (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

I will be in a similar situation in September, except I am Canadian and she lives in Melbourne. I was hoping to just work under the table, but I also havent looked at visa options. My roommate when I was in Australia has been sponsored by a bar to stay for up to 4 more years.
I will subscrive to this feed and check back for answers as well!

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

It's a pretty different situation for each of you, based on your nationality. Zac, I'm afraid the easiest visa you can get is the 4 month work one which is offered by BUNAC and Inter exchange. Off the top of my head this costs about 500 USD and as far as I know you can only get this visa through an organization like this (as it's not really a 'normal' visa). You can extend this visa with a tourist visa for 3 or 6 months once you are in Australia but note that you can't work (legally) on this tourist visa. Of course if you were planning to stay for longer, you might luck out and be able to get some sponsorship or other more serious visa. FYI Zac, rumour has it this is due to the US changing the laws on incoming visas to the US for Australians and Australians just reciprocated the 'favour'...

mista2kool, Canada has a reciprocal agreement with Australia and you can get a 1 year working holiday visa for about 190 Australian dollars. It's nice and easy to get online via the immigration website, or companies like SWAP offer a similar package to the BUNAC one which includes some accommodation, bank account etc.

4. Posted by mista2kool (Budding Member 40 posts) 9y

I was aware of that holiday visa... but I think you can only get one in your life, so I would not like to waste on a 2-3 month visit, although if I was ever there more permanently, it would be working for a company that had the resources to get me a visa anyways.
I guess I will look into more in time...

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting mista2kool

I was aware of that holiday visa... but I think you can only get one in your life, so I would not like to waste on a 2-3 month visit, although if I was ever there more permanently, it would be working for a company that had the resources to get me a visa anyways.
I guess I will look into more in time...

Ah, you didn't specify that :) Your options then area:
1. go as a tourist (no work allowed)
2. try and get sponsorship

FYI, you can return to the country for up to a year on the working holiday visa, depending on how long you were planning to go back to Canada for in between. You can actually get this visa twice now too, but only if you work in rural areas for a while during the first year. And yes, they are pretty strict on proof of this