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Hi everyone,

I am new to this forum so pardon my ignorance if some of the questions I will be asking were already addressed before.

My family resides in Perth and my husband and I are planning to visit them this winter (summer here in the US). I have looked over the Official AU Immigration site and found out that my husband qualifies for the Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) since he is a U.S. citizen.

We are trying to do it the best (and possibly fastest way) and we chanced upon an agency called VisaFirst. I am cautious in dealing with agencies, so I wanted to find out if anyone here has used their service. They advertise that they can process within 48 hours for express and 2 weeks for a regular service. So my question is, would you recommend VisaFirst? If not, are there other agencies that could possibly provide a better service?

Our other concern is my visa. I hold a temporary resident visa (subclass 457) and used to live and work in Australia before I moved here in the U.S. My 457 visa states that I can do multiple travel and that it is valid 'til 26-Oct 2010. However, my family just had their PR approved last month and I was not a dependent in their application. I would assume that my 457 visa is now considered void but I wanted to confirm this before I go and apply for a family-sponsored tourist visa (subclass 679). I am not a U.S. citizen yet -- I got married just last year and I have not made any changes to my passport or name.

Any insight and/or advice would be very much appreciated! :)
 

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Hi everyone,

I am new to this forum so pardon my ignorance if some of the questions I will be asking were already addressed before.

My family resides in Perth and my husband and I are planning to visit them this winter (summer here in the US). I have looked over the Official AU Immigration site and found out that my husband qualifies for the Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) since he is a U.S. citizen.

We are trying to do it the best (and possibly fastest way) and we chanced upon an agency called VisaFirst. I am cautious in dealing with agencies, so I wanted to find out if anyone here has used their service. They advertise that they can process within 48 hours for express and 2 weeks for a regular service. So my question is, would you recommend VisaFirst? If not, are there other agencies that could possibly provide a better service?

Our other concern is my visa. I hold a temporary resident visa (subclass 457) and used to live and work in Australia before I moved here in the U.S. My 457 visa states that I can do multiple travel and that it is valid 'til 26-Oct 2010. However, my family just had their PR approved last month and I was not a dependent in their application. I would assume that my 457 visa is now considered void but I wanted to confirm this before I go and apply for a family-sponsored tourist visa (subclass 679). I am not a U.S. citizen yet -- I got married just last year and I have not made any changes to my passport or name.

Any insight and/or advice would be very much appreciated! :)
You'll likely have agencies such as VisaF making claims such as they do when a visa being applied for is one like a WHV for they are basically an online application that most people do themselves to the extent I'd be very surprised if anyone coming to a forum has considered using an agency for an online application.
In fact most people coming to forums are usually of the DIY nature or ones with a sad story to tell of not having a great agency experience.

The information in visas is quite explicit and sections there to make application relatively straightforward with online applications.
Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)
No real reason to waste funds with an agency in my view.

As to your own visa, if your 457 was granted as a dependent with a primary applicant who now has PR, yes, it could be that your 457 now ceases to exist but check first with Immi [ and you may even be able to that in an indirect way by having a scan by an international flights airport check in desk - just explain why you want it done to save there being any confusion ] or by an email to Immi , contact info on Immi site or ask the family in Oz to give them a ring.

If you need to apply for a tourist visa, a sponsored one or not, you ought to be able to also do that easily enough without using an agency.
 

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Thank you, Wanderer, for your reply.

I have done as you have suggested. I went to an international airport recently and asked Delta if they would look at my passport and visa. The lady looked at it and said that as long it states that it's valid 'til the end of the year, then it should be good. I know I should have politely asked if she would please scan it for verification, but I was too shy to ask further. I will call the Immigration or have my parents check as well.

Thank you also for your input on the agencies. I realize that the best way is to do it directly through the official website (and the given checklist) -- I just wanted to see if others had a positive experience with such agencies.

I appreciate your time and help! :)
 
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