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1. Posted by andrewh (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quick Q regarding applying for the WHV - would you recommend applying for this through the Australian immigration website (costs around £75) or through an agent such as STA Travel (£105).

STA don't seem to require evidence of funds, etc which the website do. I won't have these funds until closer to departure (6th September).

Is the extra £30 worth it?

Thanks in advance,

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 6, 2006 6:46 AM by andrewh ]

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

The website doesn't require evidence of funds (not when I did it at least). All it requires is for you to hit a checkbox that says you'll have the funds. (And then even when you arrive at the airport, no one will actually check up on this.)

There's absolutely no reason not to do this yourself, other than perhaps the very faint convenience of letting the agent handle ... uhm, whatever it is that they handle.

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Apply for it directly - why on earth pay a travel agent to do it especially for a charge of £30.

It's like with an ETA for people going as tourists, apply directly through DIMA website and it's only AU$20, through a travel agent in the UK it's more.

4. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

STA have no influence over any Immigration Laws or Regulations. Its the same for all no matter where you apply for it. I think you'll find STA use a company called Visafirst to do the processing. The funds rule is a policy and not law therefore its discretionary; they might check; they might not. If they do and you're short of funds they'll likely let you through because you are eleigible to work and earn the funds. If you're skint and a vagrant you might be on the first plane home. In five years I've never heard of anyone being checked.

5. Posted by andrewh (Budding Member 7 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Cheers, wasn't aware of that.

How long does it typically take between applying for the visa and receiving it?

6. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I received my answer in a day via e-mail. Super easy. Use the web page ;)