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1. Posted by Mmoo92 (Budding Member 15 posts) 3y


Does anyone know how long the WHV takes to process?

I am hoping to travel in Feb 2015, when do you think i should apply for it?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4932 posts) 3y

As long as you apply through the official website of the department of immigration (not through any third party), it should be processed within the day - though it could take up to a week during peak times.

And they've just gone live with the current incarnation of this website a couple of weeks ago, which might conceivably have some effect on processing times as well (?), so for people going soon, I'd recommend applying no later than about 3-4 weeks in advance, just to be on the safe side.

For you, since you're going well over a year away, it's more relevant that you have a year from the date on which the visa is issued to arrive in the country. (And the one year of the visa itself starts running when you enter the country.) So anywhere between March 2014 and January 2015 would be a good time to apply.

3. Posted by Mmoo92 (Budding Member 15 posts) 3y

Thank you thats very helpful.

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

Yeah I second that, I applied for mine at about half ten am on the 17th of April, and literally by lunchtime it was approved. But it does say on the immi website that you should leave up to two weeks x