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1. Posted by roadrover (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I applied online for an Australian Work Holiday Visa about a day ago, hoping to leave sometime in mid-January.

Just checked the status and it says "Processing Commenced". How long should I expect to wait for approval?

Since this information might be relevant: I'm an American (23 y/o) with no criminal or illness record

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5088 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

For Europeans, processing time if usually 1-2 hours, although I think the official figure is 48 hours. Might be a bit more than that for you, but I'd be very surprised if it take more than a week.

3. Posted by Tracy2011 (Budding Member 71 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Think most get granted within a few ways if applied for directly online. Mine took 4 weeks via STA Travel, wish i'd done it myself in the end, it was a gruelling 4 week wait! But oh well, least I got it! :) Am sure you'll hear back soon.

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6. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

You should be fine if you didn't tick any of the 'no no' boxes like criminal record/illness etc. Like Sander mentioned, a few hours is then enough in case of the WH visa, but the US one is a little different, so probably a slightly lengthier procedure.

Tracy, 99.99% guaranteed 3 weeks and 6 days of that waiting was you waiting on STA to actually file the visa application. The real waiting period was probably 1 to 2 hours like Sander mentions. That must have been annoying!

7. Posted by roadrover (Budding Member 10 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Just got my approval, so if any other Americans are wondering the same thing it took about 3 days.

Thanks to everyone for the reassurance... now to book a flight!

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