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Old 08-07-2013, 08:51 PM
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Work and Holiday Visa Processing Time (US Citizen)

Hi! I live in NYC and am planning on applying for a Work and Holiday Visa. I'm looking to arrive in Australia around Dec 1.
What is the processing time for a Work and Holiday visa and when should I apply?
Is there any additional information you think I should know?

My boyfriend lives in Brisbane, so we are doing this as our first step towards an eventual partner visa next year.

Thanks so much! I've been reading this forum for the last 6 months and it's been very helpful!

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If I recall correctly, I think I've seen people say they get them nearly instantaneously...within a matter of hours. But don't quote me on that! Hopefully there are some other WHV applicants from the US out there to confirm...

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Thanks ! I have a British friend who did a Working Holiday visa a few years ago and he said it took 6 weeks to be approved back then.


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The processing time will depend on the country in which you apply, generally. I could be wrong about the US processing time, though. They're actually different visas, too. The UK version is the "Working Holiday Visa" (subclass 417) while the US is the "Work and Holiday Visa" (subclass 462).

(You'll only ever hear them both referred to as Working Holiday Visas or WHVs around here, though.)

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When I applied in April 2012 (for a Working Holiday Visa - 417) it took about 20 minutes to get online confirmation. And I'm pretty sure you've got one year from the date it's granted to enter Australia and then you are legal to live and work in Australia for a year after your arrival date. So you don't have to worry too much about planning because you've got a large window.

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Mine took about a week I think it most cases it's even shorter (same day, sometimes), but for my particular application, they weren't able to find my high school diploma, so they sent me an e-mail asking for proof that I graduated. I had to go back to my high school, get a copy of it since my mother has my original and didn't live near me, and then scan it and e-mail it back to the DIAC. It was pretty straightforward...after that, I think they got back to me in a day or two.

I'm sure you'll get a quick approval I did the exact same thing- arrived in Australia in August of last year and now my partner and I just put in the application for our partner visa Good luck to you and let me know if you have any questions about WHV or the transitioning or whatever..seems like we're in similar boats


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I'm sure you'll get a quick approval I did the exact same thing- arrived in Australia in August of last year and now my partner and I just put in the application for our partner visa Good luck to you and let me know if you have any questions about WHV or the transitioning or whatever..seems like we're in similar boats
Thanks for the advice! A quick question for you... what did you do with all of your belongings from the States? Did you ship everything or sell a lot of things before you left?

I'm currently going through all my belongings and am starting to look for a shipping company and am a bit overwhelmed. I definitely don't have enough for a shipping container and am looking to get some space on a freight.


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Haha, yep, I went through the exact same thought process! Those freight companies are SUPER expensive!

What I personally did was sell everything. I lived in a one bedroom apartment, and I basically had an open home "garage sale". A lot of my friends back home were willing to help out so I posted all the stuff I was selling on Facebook and then set up times for people to come over and buy whatever they wanted. It worked pretty well- I ended up getting rid of all of my furniture, plus helping out my friends who needed stuff AND I had some extra spending cash that I didn't expect to have when moving The rest of the stuff I didn't sell, I just donated to a local thrift store/charity...a lot of them are willing to come and pick up boxes for you, so that's what I had done. I kept one box of stuff I couldn't part with/couldn't take with me on the plane (like books, my yearbook, photo albums, cards, etc.) and my best friend has that at his house for me...eventually I'll pay him to ship that or when I go back to visit, I'll bring an extra bag to bring that stuff home with me. In the end, I moved with two bags of clothes! Whew.

The shipping companies are very expensive...most of them cost thousands of dollars and I didn't really think it'd be worth it in the end. If you really don't want to sell all your things, another alternative to look at (and one that I thought about, too) could be to rent out a storage space. If your concern is not having any furniture if you have to move back, then you can keep your stuff there and pay it for the year of your WHV, then figure it out later. But if you're sure that your move will be permanent and that you're going to stay, my advice is just to sell/donate all your stuff. You can always buy new stuff


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Britt - that's great advice. When I came over to Aus with a WHV it was our plan to apply for my partner's Canadian PR and move back to Canada at the end of a year so we left a TON of stuff in Canada. Furniture, kitchen stuff, clothes, snowboards, camping/fishing gear, even our truck! Luckily my dad has a big house in Vancouver with lots of storage space. But now that the plan is to stay here permanently I just keep thinking about how sooner or later I've got to go back and get rid of all that junk! Definitely get rid of as much as you can before you go.

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Yeah, before I moved, I asked myself, "If you end up staying, will you be able to ever bring this stuff to Sydney, and will you even want to?" Then I got rid of everything where the answer was no


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