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Questions on working holiday visa (417) application


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Old 01-24-2014, 08:37 PM
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Questions on working holiday visa (417) application

Hi there!

I'm in the process of filling out my first working holiday visa application for Australia (417) but I'm very uncertain on one I believe very important point. Please bear with me!

My current situation is that I've been living and working in Norway since about May 2013. Being a Swedish citizen I don't need a Norwegian citizenship or a visa in order to do this long term. The plan is to move back to Sweden in about one or two months as I want to be registered to my parent's address once again while I'm (hopefully) out and about in Oz on a working holiday visa later this year.

However, in the visa application you have to fill in your "place of usual residence" (country) and then your address in this country, which is specified as your address in your home country. Now, the only address I have at the moment is my Norwegian address, but does Norway really count as my home country and place of "usual" residence even though I will stay here for less than one year? If I put Norway as my place of usual residence, and then answer "no" to the question of whether I have a citizenship in another country than Sweden, wouldn't that be problematic? Also, if you've stayed in a country other than your home country for more than three consecutive months you have to fill in the exact length of your stay, which to me means I should write that I've stayed in Norway up to the present day…

On the other hand, if I put Sweden as my home country and place of usual residence and write my parent's address, they could find out that I'm not actually registered to that address and cancel my application for providing false information. I would also still have to fill in that I've stayed in Norway up to the present day, which wouldn't look suspicious at all… I plan to submit a bank statement which does say that I'm still registered to my parent's address (I didn't notify my Swedish bank that I moved to Norway since I got a Norwegian bank account), but that might not suffice. I might have to provide documents that show my Norwegian address anyway.

So, do you think I should pick one of these possibly risky options, or leave my application unsubmitted on my immi.gov.au account until I've moved back to Sweden in one or two months and things won't be as complicated? I don't know how strict they would be about this.

Would really appreciate any help I can get.


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Old 01-24-2014, 09:26 PM
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There's really no need to worry that much about it, they just want your contact details. The Norweigian address will be fine.

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Old 01-24-2014, 10:50 PM
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Well, if they only asked for my current postal address where they could reach me (which they do later in the application) I wouldn't hesitate to write the Norwegian one, and if they only asked for my "home country" and "place of usual residence" I wouldn't hesitate to pick Sweden... but clearly to them my current address MUST be in my "home country" and "place of usual residence."

If I put "Norway" as my home country, then in the section where you fill in exactly how long you've stayed long term in another country "other than your home country" I shouldn't fill in Norway at all, that's my home country now! Which means Sweden, where I've lived all but two years of my life (I also lived in Japan) and intend to move back to is suddenly not my home country, so I should fill in exactly how long I've stayed there... Even though I have a Swedish citizenship Sweden should technically be "abroad" then. Befuddling.


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The question about other countries you have visited, lived in etc within the last 5 years defaults to any country other than the country in your passport or Australia. It doesn't say "any country other than your home country".

A place of usual residence or country of residence has such a flimsy definition that it can mean anywhere that you are currently physically located in or somewhere that you have resided in and intend to return to. Click on the '?' where it asks you to put in details of your home country residential address and notice it changes to "residential address in your country of normal residence". Well you're currently residing in Norway and have been for a while so I would say that's your country of normal residence. Again it really doesn't matter and it doesn't change the question above.

If you want to put this in context read the paper-based application form 1150 for the same visa and notice the questions they ask in this section.

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I'm sure I read "any country other than your home country" when I clicked the "?" in that section, but okay, I'll put Norway, makes a lot more sense now. Thank you very much for posting!


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My visa application was granted this morning so yeah, there was nothing to worry about.

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