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1. Posted by MellyKelly (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y

To apply for a work visa do you need to have $3000AUS in your bank at the time of applying or just when you plan to arrive in Oz? Does anyone know roughly how long they take to be issued?

Any tips/ advise I will be grateful :)


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4894 posts) 4y

For the working holiday visa you need to have AUD $5000 when you arrive in Australia (they don't check, that anyone has ever reported about it, but experience has shown that you will certainly need at least that much (for most backpackers, that amount barely lasts them 2 months)). The WHV is generally issued within an hour or two (frequently even faster), though can take up to a week during very busy times or when they manually spot check an application.

Since your profile information says you're 24 and from the UK, I'm assuming the WHV is indeed what you're asking about. If instead you're asking about the real work visa, then I don't know if anyone here has sufficient knowledge to answer your question, though on the money front I'd still assume it'd be for when you arrive.

3. Posted by MellyKelly (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y

Thanks for your reply I am indeed talking about WHV! Good to know it is issued so quickly.

Thanks again :)

4. Posted by jamiecoins (Budding Member 2 posts) 4y

safest to print out a bank statement showing you have the funds available to acces also most people are not asked for this its a back up to even have the printout done 3 days before you go and then the next day withdraw the cash and give it back if you got a loan of it

5. Posted by MellyKelly (Budding Member 8 posts) 4y

Thanks for the tip! :)