An enquiry by someone else on the end of an old post has got me quite worried - there appears to be a common belief that even if you have been given a WHV, like myself, you need a certain amount of money with you in order to enter Australia. The amounts given have varied from (AUD) $7000 to around $4000. Is this true? There is no monetary definition on my visa terms that I can find, or on the Australian immigration site.
I am really concerned about this having just finished a job. I'm living with my parents in rural scotland, I leave in 6 weeks and there is very little work in the area, so I'm concerned about not being able to save as much as I had originally hoped. I should have around $3200 AUD with me when I arrive, which I had thought would be not great, but fine.
I am planning to work for significant amounts of time whilst out there too, and have no intention of getting stuck with no money!
Any advice/help with this one would be much appreciated.
I just googled this for you as this seemed like the best thing to do to me and this is what it says on the official website:
You must have access to sufficient funds to support yourself for the initial stage of your holiday. Generally, AUD$5,000 may be regarded as sufficient, but the amount may vary depending on your length of stay and the extent of your travel. You should also have a return or onward ticket or the funds for a fare to depart Australia.
You may be asked to provide evidence. Evidence may include a certified copy of a bank statement and an air ticket out of Australia.
This is fairly common knowledge. As is the fact that there very rarely check. It does happen however and the Australian immigration guys are serious and will be perfectly within their rights to deny you entry if they don't think you have enough money.
I was asked how much money I had and what i was planning on doing. I entered in May 2007 with a one way ticket from India and probably just around the $5000 AUD mark (£2000) in the bank.
I wouldn't have gone if I didn't have the required amount of money. It's a risk and I wouldn't have like dto have been denied entry and to have found out what happens in that event.
So, I would borrow the money you need to tak you up to the requirement and then pay it back once you are in Oz. That way you can fly to Oz with a bank statement in your pocket showing you have enough dosh.
$3200 won't last very long in oz. Lots of boozing, hostels are 20-25 bucks a night and food, travel on top. Good luck!!
Thanks for that Joey, I really appreciate the help. I feel incredibly dense for not having clocked that little fact before I made my plans. Damn it. But I've talked it over with my Mum and she has said her and my dad can probably lend me the money I need to get in if necessary. So its not the end of the world, fingers crossed!
I'm only staying for 6 months and have a return flight out of Brisbane, and am staying with my best friend and her family for a month in Brisbane and with another couple of friends in Sydney, so I'm hoping to save a little on accommodation that way. I want to stop in Melbourne for a few months and work, but don't have a job lined up... Hopefully if the immigration people do decide to have a chat they will think I am responsible and planned!
Also, does it mean anything if your WHV took 2 weeks rather than 2 days like most peoples seem to? My passport was issued at the British Embassy in Kuwait so I thought maybe that might have been the reason for a delay...
No probs, glad to help.
It doesn't mean anything that it took 2 weeks to process. Mine took a week I think. Visas take as long as they take so don't panic.
Having a return flight will help for sure. I only had a one way into Aus so would have been more likely to be asked for proof of funds to ensure I could leave te country. That is the only reason they ask - te-hey don't want you to claim benefit or stay forever. Other than that they are pretty chilled out.
Please don't panic and spoil your new years eve and get all freaked out etc. It will be fine.
It's good you spoke to your parents though and they are there to help.
Most of my travelling has been done with sloppy planning or no planning much at all. It can be more fun that way. However, it is important you know the rules of visas etc.
If the immigration people ask what you are doing in the country tell them you are staying with friends, have a job interview lined up at a restaurant through a friend and that you are really excited to be in australia.
Will be cool, fear not!!
Happy New Year
When i entered Australia in Nov 07 i never got asked, a friend of mine entered with only £400.00 really risky, but no one i know has ever been asked. So its a once in a blue moon thing really.