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Seasonal working visa - Australia

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1. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 8y

Hi, I've got a British mate that I work with who is seeking the extra year in Australia through the seasonal working visa. The problem is his current visa expires in less than a month and doesn't have time to do the extra 3 months farming work.
Does anyone know how to get the extra year on the visa without actually doing the farming work?
I've heard some stories about farmers who will 'approve' the paperwork even if you haven't been on the farm but not sure if that is true.
Any advice would be great, even if it's bad news.
Thanks

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 8y

Quoting ikey

Does anyone know how to get the extra year on the visa without actually doing the farming work?
I've heard some stories about farmers who will 'approve' the paperwork even if you haven't been on the farm but not sure if that is true.

They might exist, but personally I wouldn't risk it.
What he could do to stay in the region would be to apply for a working holiday visa in New Zealand (they even give those out for two years to UK citizens). New Zealand obviously is a totally worthwhile destination in its own right, but he could also hop over from there for three-month visits on an ETA to see and do the bits of Australia he's missed so far.

3. Posted by divaboy (Full Member 75 posts) 8y

To be honest though #2 thats running a fairly highish risk is it not ??

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 8y

divaboy: Assuming you're addressing me with "#2", I don't understand what you see as high risk. It's perfectly okay to apply for a WHV for New Zealand, it's perfectly okay to leave New Zealand during the course of a WHV (all WHVs are "multiple entry"), and it's perfectly okay to visit Australia as a tourist on an ETA for up to three months (and you can do that several times during a year). This friend of ikey's just couldn't work in Australia - but he could in New Zealand.

(If this isn't what you meant, please be more clear. The original idea of getting an unscrupulous farmer to sign paperwork is high risk...)

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 11, 2008, at 3:53 PM by Sander ]

5. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 8y

Thanks sander, i tend to agree with you.
I can't imagine any farmers running a scam like this, if they were to get caught, i would imagine their would be huge fines involved. Also if my mate got caught, it would probably mean he is never allowed to enter the country again...

Anyone else heard of this happening?

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

Quoting Sander

They might exist, but personally I wouldn't risk it.
What he could do to stay in the region would be to apply for a working holiday visa in New Zealand (they even give those out for two years to UK citizens). New Zealand obviously is a totally worthwhile destination in its own right, but he could also hop over from there for three-month visits on an ETA to see and do the bits of Australia he's missed so far.

As a sidepoint, for holders of passports of 35 European countries, including the UK, the ETA is no longer the authority issued for tourists. It is now, since 27 October, the eVisitor - pretty much the only difference is that you don't have to pay a service fee which was AU$20 via the DIAC website - apply through the DIAC website now and it's free for eligible people!