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Looking to apply for a WHV

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Old 09-16-2009, 06:36 AM
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Looking to apply for a WHV

Hi guys.

It's been a while since I was last here, but you may be interested to know that following on from your advice last year, i've recently moved to Australia to live with my girlfriend.

Anyway, without wanting to go back in to my whole complicated story again, i'm currently in Australia on a tourist visa only. In a couple of months, when the tourist visa expires, I plan to go to New Zealand and apply for a WHV from there.

I can only afford to stay in NZ for maybe 5 nights max, so I need to get my WHV turned around fairly quickly while i'm there.

I've looked at a number of visa application websites and most of them say that the WHV gets processed in 48 hours, so i'm keen to make sure I go with one who isn't going to be slack. I just wondered if anyone here could recommend any website they have used to get one processed quickly?

I went to one which said it can would take 8 weeks to process, so that's kinda got me worried now. I know that it's not guaranteed that I will get one in time (or at all!), but I want to give myself the best chance.

Your advice is appreciated as always.


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Old 09-16-2009, 10:02 AM
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I suppose the best option would be to call the Aussie embassy in NZ where you plan to apply from.

I was always under the impression that you needed to apply from your own country, but I can't find the details on the immigration website.

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Old 09-16-2009, 10:07 AM
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You do not need to go to anyone other than the immigration department itself - Visa Options - Working Holiday - Visas & Immigration and apply online.

I've heard of people getting approval within 24 hours, sometimes a bit later and it would like all depend on workload and whether there was any reason to scrutinise an application more closely.

But now until end of November ought to be reasonably quiet on the workload front and with cut backs on all skilled visas there could be extra personnel allocated for any peak that starts to arise as you have academic years ending and Xmas/NY always seems to be a popular time for people to come, though if they are outside of the country there is nothing to stop them applying well in advance.

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Old 09-16-2009, 10:12 AM
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I was typing as you posted Mike, and it used to be that way - having to apply from home country but with the internet age and online applications it can be from anywhere outside of Oz countries of which passport holders can do eVisa applications and that includes all those with WHV arrangements in place.

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Here's a tip, mind you I don't know if this is a breach of any code, but i dont see why.

Since you cannot send you application until your out of the country, fill out your online form while your still in Oz, save it.

Give your password and bank details etc to your girlfriend, and, have her send it off for you the second you get on the plane. If its quick it might only buy you a few hours, but, still its a few hours--plus she might be able to get it in before close of business on that day, hence your payment will go through so it might be quicker.

Now, Niel, are you 100% sure you don't need a medical??? if you do, figure out how you can get that done asap--that would be one thing that would slow down your application for sure.

You don't need to apply from your own country--i applied for mine years ago when i was in singapore, which is not my home country. It did cause some interesting problems with the online form but..... still worked.

Good luck with everything!

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Old 09-17-2009, 01:40 AM
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Thanks for the info guys.

I guess that i'd incorrectly assumed that applying via the immi website would mean that it would take ages to process and that therefore the vast array of visa websites existed simply to fast track the process. I don't understand what the point is in them offering the service when you can simply do it directly through the immi website yourself?? Bizarre!

Anyway, i'll make sure that I find an internet cafe the moment I land in NZ and get straight on to the immi website to lodge an application.

I'm so paranoid about the whole process. I'm quite a paranoid person and these sorts of important things never seem to go right for me. I'm just worried that something will cause it to be delayed. I just need to have a positive attitude and it will all be fine
I mean, I don't think I have any circumstances that would make me an unusual case. I've lived all my life in the UK. I have no convictions or or bad character stuff. I meet all the requirements stated on the site.

I'm pretty sure I wont need a medical. I'm not planning on visiting any hospitals, or working with Children or in a classroom. I have no medical conditions and i've not stayed in any high risk countries.

Thanks for the tip Elkitten. However, my girlfriend is coming with me, as we're going to treat it like it's a short holiday together, so therefore she won't be able to lodge the application for me, but nice idea. We are planning on landing in the early afternoon, so we should be able to get online fairly quickly after landing anyway.

Thanks for the advice guys.

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Old 09-17-2009, 04:18 AM
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It's probably best that you do it from NZ for whilst there is nothing illegal about not having left the country, at least once the plane is out of Australian airspace, Immi might just consider it a too smart move and I'm not too sure whether the internet is not able to flag where an application is entered from and if so there could have been further complications.

If you are flying to Auckland, just outside of the customs doors into the arrivals hall, have a look past the little snack bar on left and to left of McDonalds [if they haven't changed it all] is a travel brochures place and a couple of terminals have been there in past,

And make sure you have your flight out of NZ booked and no airline will carry you there anyway without one [your Gf if she is an Aussie will be OK as we have reciprocal residency rights] and by rights your outbound flight needs to be somewhere that you are eligible for entry.
Easiest thing would probably be to do this a week before your tourist visa ends so you will have re-entry rights even without the WHV.

And if you are skint on funds a bit have you considered Welcome to AirAsia.com, The World's Best Low-Cost Airline as they have been having some super deals re Oz to Malaysia, a few weeks ago it was A$99 each way and only 133Bp to the old blighty would you believe?

But regardless of where you fly into, do your application and consider Airport Reviews | Budget Traveller Guide to Sleeping in Airports and a night on a bench [the ones up the escalator at Auckland are not so bad] and you might find the next morning you have a confirmation email.

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