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11. Posted by Rory_Z (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y

Quoting Sam I Am

Why would you use Visabureau when you could apply directly through the Australian government, get it faster, and it be cheaper? The problem here is that he doesn't have a credit card, something which slows down the process a lot!!

It was the same price, that being $230:
This is, as far as I can see, the actual Oz government site: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/990i/working-holiday.htm
(correct me if I am wrong)

Anyway, I was recommended to the Visabureau, and it was as cheap, and very quick. Just giving my own personal experience! If I get turned down at the borders I'll let you know

12. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Well, if it's the same price, then why not :) Wonder how they make money by offering the visa at no markup. Do you get bombarded with offers for other things afterwards?

13. Posted by Rory_Z (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y

Not at all... I'm not sure how they do it... It's, I think, an ETA - electronic travel authority - so the visa number is just matched to your passport and no physical stamps/certificates are required... Haven't had a single email from them since it went through and was accepted, actually... So can't complain. :-D

14. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 7y

RoryZ: An ETA is what you get for a visit of up to three months, during which you're not allowed to work. That's free on the immigration website. I really hope you weren't sold one of those for $230, rather than the real WHV.

calahana1: Ordinarily if you apply through the website of australian immigration, you get the WHV approved within a couple of hours. Sometimes, during peak season, or if you are picked out for random manual checking, it will take a few days, up to a week.

15. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting Sander

RoryZ: An ETA is what you get for a visit of up to three months, during which you're not allowed to work.

A minor point:
eVisitor is free from the Australian immigration website - pretty much the same as an ETA, but only for holders of EU passports.

ETA carries a service charge of AU$20 last I knew.

Both allow you up to 3 months in Australia as a tourist, and have a 12 month expiry on the ability to enter Australia.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Dec-2009, at 03:44 by mojorob ]

16. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting RoryZ

Quoting Sam I Am

Why would you use Visabureau when you could apply directly through the Australian government, get it faster, and it be cheaper? The problem here is that he doesn't have a credit card, something which slows down the process a lot!!

It was the same price, that being $230:
This is, as far as I can see, the actual Oz government site: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/990i/working-holiday.htm
(correct me if I am wrong)

According to the Visa Bureau website, they charge £235 for the WHV (which includes the AU$230 DIAC visa charge). £235 is around AU$420 at the moment (or putting it the other way round, AU$230 is around £130 at the moment). So it ends up £100 or so more expensive to apply for a WHV with Visa Bureau.

Their (Visa Bureau) cost for an ETA is £20 (AU$35 at the moment), rather than the AU$20 (or £11.25) through the DIAC (Australian immigration) website.

17. Posted by Rory_Z (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y

Sander, I believe, to the best extent of my knowledge and ability that I applied for the correct visa. To quote from the visa bureau's email confirmation:

This is to advise that you have been granted a Working Holiday Visa, Subclass 417, on 15 November 2009.

VISA INFORMATION
This visa allows you to make your initial entry into Australia no later than 12 months from the date that the visa was granted. Your initial entry into Australia must not be after 15 November 2010

Once in Australia, this visa permits you to stay in Australia for 12 months from the date that you first enter Australia. It provides you with multiple travel to Australia, which means that you can leave Australia and re-enter Australia as many times as you wish during your 12 month stay. However, if you depart Australia during your 12 month stay, you are not able to recover the period of time you have spent outside Australia.

You will not have a visa label placed in your passport when travelling to Australia as your visa is recorded electronically in Australia's visa systems. It is recommended that you print and keep a copy of this advice for your personal records.

I was even a little sceptical at the time as it came through so quickly, so I emailed them about it confirming the details, and they replied advising my WHV was in place...

Why have I gotten worried about this? Please don't make me second guess my visa... hahaha

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Dec-2009, at 04:39 by RoryZ ]

18. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

That sounds like the right visa :)

I'm guessing, like mojorob dug up, that you paid 235 pounds for it, rather than AUD? That's the price they say they charge in any case.

Does anyone else think the site looks a lot like the actual official site? Even the favicon looks like the old, it's just in blue vs the other one being in red? A lot of headings and navigation are all pretty similar. From a business point of view I guess it's smart business making your site look like the official one....

19. Posted by Rory_Z (Budding Member 40 posts) 7y

Nope, my bank account says
"Immigration Austra Belconnen AU £132.21"

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20. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Quoting RoryZ

Nope, my bank account says
"Immigration Austra Belconnen AU £132.21"

¬_¬

That's a charge by the Australian government though, not visabureau. Are you sure you didn't buy it directly off the immi.gov.au site? :)