still not got a reply about my visa.. is this normal??
It can take up to a week to get your visa. (Usually it takes a few hours, but there's plenty of times it takes a bit longer. I really wouldn't worry until a full week has gone by.)
whats all this tax file number stuff about though?
When you're in Australia and want to work, you 'need' a tax file number, as without it, the companies you work for are required to withhold the maximum possible amount of tax from your wages (which you'd only get back at the end of the tax year, when you do your taxes and the tax office can verify that you weren't secretly earning millions). There's no fuss in getting it though, and no real need to until you find a job - presumably if you didn't have it yet at that point, the company you'd work for would inform you about it.
I wouldn't worry about it Hannah, it took me 3-4 days for my online application to be processed. It probably depends at what time and what day you sent your application (ie. before a weekend).
ok il wait a week i havnt got my ticket yet cos im adviced to get the visa first. make sure thats sorted then il get my ticket AND insurance AND TAX file number. should hopefully be going on the 8th of august x
IV GOT MY VISA! sooo happy haha
now i need to get my ticket! do i have to get a return? or can i get a single?
or.. what is better?
anyone seen any bargains? :P x
You can get a one way ticket, as long as you theoretically have the funds necessary to buy a ticket out of Australia. (visa requirements: "You should also have a return or onward ticket or the funds for a fare to depart Australia.")
One way tickets with most airlines tend to be really expensive though, so it'd only be worth it if you could find a cheap ticket, and even then, if you have a reasonable idea of when you'd be leaving, a return ticket might still be the better option. (On the other hand, if you think you might want to stay longer, maybe get a 2nd year visa or do a WHV in New Zealand next, then a cheap one way ticket would work out best.)
[ Edit: Edited on 29-Jan-2011, at 14:08 by Sander ]