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1. Posted by angelcaz22 (Budding Member 38 posts) 7y

Hi guys

I need some help on where to get Oz working visas from. I have applied online and have had companies call me back stating that it costs £225 including loads of freebees. I do not want this. I simply want a working visa at £125, and thats it.

Can anyone help with this please.

Thanks

Joel

2. Posted by MikeAllen (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

go with http://www.visafirst.com there very good and fast 48hrs to be precise. I paid £160 for a 12month visa, bank account set up with ANZ banking, Tax Number and a free sim card.
They also offered free money transfers between your UK bank and AUS accounts.

Mike

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 7y

The official website of the Australian Department of Immigration is the place to be.

You can find information here, and the actual application process starts here. This should cost you £115 (according to this page, using their linked to currency converter to convert AUD $230 to pounds), and will probably get you visa within minutes of completing the process (assuming they aren't experiencing a period of peak traffic or randomly pick out your application for manual checking).

Mike: So you paid 45 pounds for a sim card. Setting up a bank account and getting a tax file number is both trivially easy to do yourself for free. And Joel was specifically asking for where to get a WHV without all those useless extra services...

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Jul-2009, at 06:26 by Sander ]

4. Posted by MikeAllen (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

Quoting Sander

The official website of the Australian Department of Immigration is the place to be.

You can find information here, and the actual application process starts here. This should cost you £115 (according to this page, using their linked to currency converter to convert AUD $230 to pounds), and will probably get you visa within minutes of completing the process (assuming they aren't experiencing a period of peak traffic or randomly pick out your application for manual checking).

Mike: So you paid 45 pounds for a sim card. Setting up a bank account and getting a tax file number is both trivially easy to do yourself for free. And Joel was specifically asking for where to get a WHV without all those useless extra services...

Can you open a australian bank account from the UK? can you transfer money for free to that account.. these are also usless services visa first provide.

Mike

5. Posted by Warmapple (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Quoting MikeAllen

Quoting Sander

The official website of the Australian Department of Immigration is the place to be.

You can find information here, and the actual application process starts here. This should cost you £115 (according to this page, using their linked to currency converter to convert AUD $230 to pounds), and will probably get you visa within minutes of completing the process (assuming they aren't experiencing a period of peak traffic or randomly pick out your application for manual checking).

Mike: So you paid 45 pounds for a sim card. Setting up a bank account and getting a tax file number is both trivially easy to do yourself for free. And Joel was specifically asking for where to get a WHV without all those useless extra services...

Can you open a australian bank account from the UK? can you transfer money for free to that account.. these are also usless services visa first provide.

Mike

Yes you are able to open an australian bank account from the UK free of charge from NAB, it is also possible for the rest of the large banks. I have not looked into transferring money properly yet but i do know that the HSBC charge £19 for transfers of upto £10,000. I applied for my WHV april time and it cost me £97ish and it took about 5 mins for it to be approved and sent back to me. http://www.immi.gov.au

Ian

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Jul-2009, at 09:57 by Warmapple ]

6. Posted by pazz5 (Budding Member 60 posts) 7y

http://www.immi.gov.au is the cheapest and quickest way to be granted a visa. 10 mins and a few clicks and its done.

All the other services can be done yourself as mentioned above. Tax file number, bank account etc etc. No need to waste time and spend extra to have someone else do this for you.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jul-2009, at 10:17 by pazz5 ]

7. Posted by Workout (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

No point in looking at the visa in isolation,

ive chatted with visafirst and they also offer free internet and web search in their working holiday centre in the middle of sydney to every customer plus arrival orientations, job assistance and organise long term accomodation. You would otherwise pay hundreds of dollars every week in internet cafes every time you go job hunting and emailing home.

video looked pretty decent too
http://www.visafirst.com/en/australia_working_holiday_visa_subclass_417_info.asp

Theyve also started to add live interviews from clients in australia giving tips and what to avoid

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 7y

Quoting Workout

You would otherwise pay hundreds of dollars every week in internet cafes every time you go job hunting and emailing home.

Internet cafes in Australia charge $2-3 per hour (less in gamer-oriented internet cafes if you take a subscription). To spend hundreds of dollars a week, you'd have to spend pretty much every waking hour in there.

9. Posted by Workout (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

Thats a fair point sander. I did tend to spend most of my hours in internet cafes looking for better jobs day and night in Oz, a lot more than I should have in reflection I suppose,

10. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

Quoting pazz5

http://www.immi.gov.au is the cheapest and quickest way to be granted a visa. 10 mins and a few clicks and its done.

All the other services can be done yourself as mentioned above. Tax file number, bank account etc etc. No need to waste time and spend extra to have someone else do this for you.

Totally agree. It's a significant cost on top of the visa fee and the only useful extra seems to be the free money transfer, but this can be done using other companies fairly cheaply. I use Tranzfers and they only charge £7 which is way less than the banks.