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VISAS - Working Holiday vs. Visitor

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific VISAS - Working Holiday vs. Visitor

1. Posted by chris421 (Budding Member, 14 posts) 11 Oct '12 15:12

I was just wondering if anyone had any input/experience about the pros and cons of each visa.

I know that the standard visitor visa is only $20 AUD, however it's only valid for 90 days and you cannot work on it.

On the other hand, the working holiday visa is $280 AUD, good for 6 months (to a year), and you can work fairly freely. You also need to have a access to $5000 AUD to be approved for this visa (although I've heard you just simply indicate this by checking a box).

So does anyone know if it would be hard to find cash jobs? Or even jobs at hostels where you work for free accomodations or food - do you need a WHV for that?

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin, 5572 posts) 12 Oct '12 01:36

It is so incredibly easy to get the WHV that cash jobs are rare. Employers get hit with huge fines if they get caught, so only the worst of employers would even consider hiring for cash. The difference in price is 260 AUD, which is worth it without question in my mind as you'll have access to about 1000x the number of jobs... Also, if you don't have 5k saved up, you will be in a dire situation after not too long if your only option is taking cash jobs or working for accommodation. And yes, no one really checks you actually have the 5k.

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