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1. Posted by holly09 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

going to oz in feb for 6 months maybe a bit longer
my uk passport expires in januray 2010, would this be a problem when getting a working visa?

many thanks

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 7y

Quoting holly09

going to oz in feb for 6 months maybe a bit longer
my uk passport expires in januray 2010, would this be a problem when getting a working visa?

As far as I remember, one of the eligibility requirements for a WHV is for your passport to be valid for six months beyond the end of your intended stay. However, I can't currently find anything about that on the WHV pages on the Australian immigration website, so maybe they've relaxed that requirement.
If you haven't yet applied for your WHV, I'd consider getting a new passport beforehand, just to be on the safe side. If you have applied already, don't do that as the WHV is tied to your passport number, and it might be a hassle getting it changed.
If you want to be absolutely certain the six months thing isn't coming to bite you, I'd try contacting the Australian Department of Immigration directly. (Other people who've done that and mentioned it on the forum seemed to always get a reply quite swiftly.)

3. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 7y

You need minimum 6mths extension beyond your final travel date.
Ie- if your visa is 12 mths from now, you need at least July 2010.
You will need a new passport...reason being (mainly) that if you overstay/ remain beyond passport expiration you can not be deported without a valid passport...huge dramas that they don't want.