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Australian getting a WHM visa. Should I go Ireland or UK?

Travel Forums Europe Australian getting a WHM visa. Should I go Ireland or UK?

1. Posted by Oliver08 (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Hey all.

I'm heading to Europe next year in March. I should have about 10 grand AU$ spending money by then but I want to spend up to a year over there and I'm expecting to run out. I figure it's best to get a visa for Ireland or the UK as their currencies are strong but I'm not sure where I should go as yet?

I was just looking for some opinions on the topic regarding:
Availability of work
Living costs
Pay rates
Travel to and from

Any help would be much appreciated, and quickly! I'm going to make a decision by the end of this week as I know that the visa process can be a long one.

Thanks in advance.

Ollie.

2. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

Not sure about Ireland but i think it will be pretty similar to the UK,

Availability of work

Depends on what skills you have but i wouldn't say it is booming with jobs atm. Maybe in a bar or shop but i do happen to know that it's quite competitive particularly at the moment. What kind of work are you looking for?

Living costs in Hostels? vary from the lowest £11 - 20 for a dorm room per night, maybe £30, at least, per night for a single room. Price of food varies, a loaf of bread is about £1.25 these days which is pretty expensive for ex, meat is quite pricey as is fish, but if you shop around you can really cut down on things. There are a variety of supermarkets each with a variety of levels of brand. Cheapo -- > expensive.

I am guessing you will be doing an unskilled job which would mean at least minimum wage which is £5.73 so anything between that and about £7 per hour.

Loads of buses, UK is big on buses everywhere, always trying to cut own on city congestion/pollution etc... trains as well, and internal flights are plenty.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 30, 2008, at 6:31 PM by andy11 ]

3. Posted by LGB (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

I have lived and worked in both and definitely recommend Ireland.

On paper (or screen!), it doesn't seem as attractive - probably less work available, high cost of living etc., but so much more liveable in my view (and the view of my friends who have experienced both).

I found the Irish people much more welcoming and they have a fantastic easygoing view, much like Australians.
I would go back to Ireland any day, but would not live or work in England again. This is purely because I find it very bureaucratic, always had visa issues of some sort, and other pesky little problems that all added up to make life difficult there. This is putting it mildly too, for fear of offending any English readers!!

A number of my friends loved Edinburgh too.

When I got my Irish work visa, it took less than a week (we did pay extra for the quick service).
ood luck with your decision!

4. Posted by Oliver08 (Budding Member 14 posts) 8y

Thanks andy and especially LGB for your replies.

Hmmm. I've always had a soft spot for Ireland. I don't know why as I've never even been there? But I do have some good Irish mates and I love the accent! I guess it was a matter of head against heart where I knew that the pound was stronger than the euro. I'm really starting to lean towards Ireland.

Agreed LGB, visas are a lot easier to get for Ireland, esp considering that for the UK you have to have your eyes and fingerprints scanned...in Melbourne! (I'm from Tassie). Plus they're about twice the price of Ireland's.

Other people I've talked to seem to think the same thing about the culture and attitudes of the Irish and English as you do LGB.

Yep, I'm pretty sure I'll go Ireland. I'll head in to my travel agent on Wed to get the visa worked out.

Anyone want to convince me otherwise?

thanks again.

Ollie.

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

The British Government has just ended the Working Holidaymaker Scheme a few days ago. Starting 27 November 2008, the WHM has been replaced by the new Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme. It's a point-based system so there are guidelines for you to assess yourself before you apply. The fee for the new YMS has been lowered to £99. The new scheme also allows you to work full 2 years compared to the previous WHM where work is limited to 12 months only.

6. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

Quoting LGB

I found the Irish people much more welcoming and they have a fantastic easygoing view, much like Australians.
I would go back to Ireland any day, but would not live or work in England again. This is purely because I find it very bureaucratic, always had visa issues of some sort, and other pesky little problems that all added up to make life difficult there.

"Always had visa issues" is a bit vague - what does this mean exactly? Also, pesky little problems?

The Irish have a bureaucratic requirement for non-EU people wanting to stay for more than 90 days (including on a working holiday visa) - in that you must register with the Garda National Immigration Bureau when in Ireland and pay €150 (approx AU$290 at the moment).

The UK visa has certainly just got better, as pointed out by Hien.