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Hello

I am so glad I found this forum and I have done a lot of reading lately!

I've been staying in Australia since 15. April last year, and my working holiday Visa is expiring 15. April this year. But, as many others I want to extend my stay for about a month or so, so I can do some traveling.

I've seen the opportunity that I can fly over to NZ and apply for an eVisa while over there. I just have a few questions in regards to that:

Can I fly over to NZ on let's say the 1. April, then apply for my AUS visa while in NZ. Stay in NZ for a few days then fly back to AUS before my working holiday expires? Say 3. April. And then get automatically transferred to the tourist visa when it expires?

Thanks for your time and have a great monday!

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Stian
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That is the way it ought to be done Stian re going to NZ for an airline will not take you there unless you have a flight out to a country you have a right of entry to, that being a visa needed for Australia.

You could even stay in NZ longer if you like and no reason not too as it's an interesting place, much like Norway in parts of the South Island and sub tropical in the north of the NI and no actual visa needed for a stay of up to three months.
To do that however, you ought to book yourself a refundable return flight or at least one that you can alter the return date on at minimal cost, though you should be able to find a new return flight if need be for about $200 if you book it a few weeks before wanting to return.

So either on arrival or later you could apply for your eVisa and if you apply while you still have your WHV to expire, getting a confirmation of the eVisa will in fact mean the WHV has been cancelled.
If you find the eVisa application is blocked because of the WHV, you'll just need to contact Immi to have it cancelled but I think you'll find the eVisa application will be allowed and the WHV cancelled with the eVisa grant.
 

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Thanks for getting back to me Wanderer, really appreciate your help!

I did actually go for a 3 week holiday to NZ in November last year, absolutely loved it! So I wouldn't mind staying there for a few extra days :)

Ok, this is what I am going to do, I just want you to double check if if you've got time, really don't wanna get into any trouble with the Aus customs!

1. Buy a return ticket from AUS to NZ, where my return date to AUS is before my WHV ends.

2. Apply for a eVisa while in NZ, so that when my WHV ends and I can stay 3 months longer in AUS.

I am not sure what you mean about the refundable return ticket, is that if I decide to stay in NZ until after my WHV expires? And then just change the return to AUS to a later date?

Also, when returning to AUS on my eVisa, will I need to have a ticket out of AUS as well? I.e do I need to book my ticket to Norway before returning to AUS? Will I need to show that I can afford to stay in AUS for x months as well?

Just thinking they might be stricter as I've already stayed here for a year and pretty obvious what I am doing hehe.

Hope it all makes sense :)

Have a nice day,

Stian
 

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I am not sure what you mean about the refundable return ticket, is that if I decide to stay in NZ until after my WHV expires? And then just change the return to AUS to a later date?
Yep, that is what I meant as to get to NZ in the first place a ticket out will need to be before the date of your existing visa expiry, that being the WHV.
It is a fairly standard practice for people near the end of a WHV wanting to extend a stay to use the eVisa/ETA for a further three months and is even mentioned in WHV info, right down bottom of Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)

Some people can be questioned as Immi will always be on the look out for people intending to work a bit more again so just make sure you've not got any work place references on you, no matter how innocent it is and if you have something of a planned itinerary and then to depart from wherever for Norway via Asia, you should not hopefully have a problem on re-entry, no outward flight needed for re-entry here.
Welcome to AirAsia.com... Now everyone can fly have cheap flights to KL from Perth, Melbourne and the GC, and tigerairways from Perth and maybe Melbourne plus there's jetstar too and so you may find it a lot cheaper to fly over to Asia and then hunt out a cheap flight back to Europe, AirAsia also flying to Stansted in UK and plenty of cheap flights out of Bangkok too.
Asia itself is a much cheaper touring destination than either Australia or NZ and with differences there well worth visiting and as long as you stay down in SEA you ought to be well clear of any radiation.
 

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Ok awesome, thanks for your replies once again, just what I needed to know :)

Just another quick question. How many days do you reckon I need in NZ while waiting for the eVisa approval? How long does it usually take them to process it? And do they process it during weekends as well?

Thanks again for your help Wanderer, you made things really easy for me :)

- Stian
 

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Being an online application they are usually done relatively quickly, a matter of a few days if not the same day.
Not too sure about weekends but if they are done entirely by a computerised program, I'd reckon it could be running 24/7
 

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Just an update, I am now in NZ waiting for a reply to my eVisa application. I lodged it as soon as I got here so been waiting about 32 hours now.

I would have thought it would have been a bit quicker. Do you think I should start contacting them and stuff to see if I can speed things up? Or is this just normal, and I have to be patient and wait? :)

Thanks! It's cold over here btw! ;)

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Yes, getting on towards winter, even Auckland can have its cooler days if that's where you flew to and it will be even cooler further south.
If it's any consolation, a big high going across southern parts of Australia has been bringing southerly winds and cooler air right up into southern Queensland.
The eVisa may take a bit longer than an ETA but I'd not be into ringing Immi for being an online application, there's not much that can happen.
 

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Hehe thanks, at least that makes me feel a little bit better!

Ok so the ETA visa would have been quicker in my case. Just to make sure, is that the one that costs $105 and you and enter Australia as many times you want within 12 months (but only stay for 3 months at a time)?

The one I applied for is free, and lets me stay up till 3 months as a tourist.

Guess I just have to sit around and wait then :) Hopefully it all ends good!!

Stian
 
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