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When should I apply for my working visa for Oz?

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific When should I apply for my working visa for Oz?

1. Posted by petenico (Budding Member 29 posts) 6y

I am going out to Oz in July after I have done a month in Thailand in June.

I am just starting to save for it all and wondered if anyone knows when is too late to apply for your visa? And do you need the £2000 or however much they require you to have in your bank before applying?

Cheers guys and gals

2. Posted by Tracy2011 (Budding Member 71 posts) 6y

If you apply directly on the Oz immigration website it normally only takes a couple of days. Once you get it you have a year before you have to have arrived, then the visa is valid for a year when you arrive. So you can apply now if you want.

Think with the exchange rate it's closer to £3000 now. Heard they rarely check on arrival but it's best to go with as much as you can. You don't need the money when you apply for the visa, you only need to state that you WILL have it.

3. Posted by Gavin-D (Budding Member 81 posts) 6y

As the above post states, you have a year once your visa is granted to get into Oz, i applied for mine and had a reply within the hour granting my whv.

I wasn't asked for proof of funds when i arrived in the country but take as much as you can, you'll be amazed how much you can spend as a backpacker.

Good luck and keep us posted

4. Posted by petenico (Budding Member 29 posts) 6y

Thanks a lot guys! In that case I might as well get the application done right away! Brilliant!

Lets hope the next few months of saving go well for me!