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Working Holiday Visa?!

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Working Holiday Visa?!

1. Posted by dlovallo1 (Full Member 119 posts) 5y

I'm planning on going to Aus towards the end of next year on a Working Holiday Visa for a year, but before that travelling around Asia for 6 months. I've looked into it and when you apply for the visa it states that you need around £3000 in your account to show that you can support yourself till you can find work. Since i'll be travelling before i'm not sure how much money i'll have left in my bank when i arrive, does anybody know how strict they enforce this? Do you just need to provide proof of funds when you apply for the visa or do they ask for proof on arrival?

Just if anyone has had any experiences because I wouldn't want to arrive after overspending in Asia and only have £1000 in account and get turned away?!

Thanks
Dom

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 5y

No one who's ever reported about it on this forum has been asked for proof of funds.

However, the AUD $5000 which is a requirement for the working holiday visa is a minimum amount that almost all backpackers really do end up needing, even if they intend to find work right away. Australia is not cheap to live in. So I'd strongly recommend saving up more money, so that you can be certain for yourself to still have that much money remaining when you arrive in Australia. There's few things sadder than needing to leave early because your money has run out.

3. Posted by CatL (Inactive 2 posts) 5y

Quoting dlovallo1

I'm planning on going to Aus towards the end of next year on a Working Holiday Visa for a year, but before that travelling around Asia for 6 months. I've looked into it and when you apply for the visa it states that you need around £3000 in your account to show that you can support yourself till you can find work. Since i'll be travelling before i'm not sure how much money i'll have left in my bank when i arrive, does anybody know how strict they enforce this? Do you just need to provide proof of funds when you apply for the visa or do they ask for proof on arrival?

Just if anyone has had any experiences because I wouldn't want to arrive after overspending in Asia and only have £1000 in account and get turned away?!

Thanks
Dom

Hey Dom,

It is pretty rare for people to be actually checked (and it's on arrival that you get checked) but it does happen and if it happens to you and you don't have the money then you can get sent home! Plus as other travellers have advised, you might end up needing that money anyway as travel can be expensive in Australia.

If you need some more advice -snip-, good luck :)

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