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Strictness of Working Holiday Visa (class 417)

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1. Posted by becky552 (Budding Member 27 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


Does anyone know how strict the australian goverment or people at the airport are about people with a working holiday visa having the required $5000 in thier bank account?

Has anyone taken any precautions incase they were asked to prove it? or are they pretty easy going?


2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I don't think I've heard of anyone being asked to show evidence of their funds on arrival into Australia on a WHV. However it is a good idea to have as much as possible.

3. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I think it all depends on what you look like when you come in and if they perceive you to be a threat to the country. I have seen on a local TV show called border security incidents where people have been asked about the amount of funds they have available, but I haven't seen any episode where they actually ask for a bank statement or something like that to prove it. If you don't look dodgy and you say something like I have about $7000 worth of funds available (only if they were to ask about funds) then you should be fine. If you said "I have about $500" or some small amount of a similar nature then you would encounter problems and probably get sent packing on the next plane home. It would also depend on which airport you entered through as to how easy going they are. They are more likely to be strict and pushy in Sydney or even Melbourne as apposed to somewhere like Brisbane which is not a major entry point for tourists on working holiday visas.

4. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Friends of mine have entered with at little as £300 before, they hardly if ever check. But it would be an idea to have at least £3000 if your planning a long trip :) I took about £3100 when i went, and I'm taking £5000 with me when i go back in October!

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Apr-2009, at 15:02 by jasonh2015 ]

5. Posted by Chris N (Budding Member 18 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jason, Out of interest are you going back on a 2nd year visa because of agricultural work or another way?

I currently have a bit under £2k and I'm leaving June 1st. Hope to have a bit over £3k come the time.

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