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Help, please!! ETA to WHV? Urgent!


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Old 02-04-2011, 10:28 PM
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Help, please!! ETA to WHV? Urgent!

Hi all,

I am currently in the US on holiday. I have an Australian ETA Visa (linked to my passport).

I am due to fly out of the US on the 6th Feb, which would mean I land in Melbourne on the 8th Feb.

My ETA runs out on the 16th Feb.

This means, I could be in Australia for a week, fly out re-new it (as I am genuinely a visitor in Australia and certainly not working there) and then fly back.

However, is there any way that I can change it to a WHV now while I'm abroad or would I have to go to Australia, and then fly out again and apply for another visa while out of the country? (Flying out again from Australia after a week of being there would be another hassle in itself!)

Please let me know what you think!


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Old 02-04-2011, 10:53 PM
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If you get on to a computer right now and make a WHV application, they can at times be granted within a few hours or a day and so you could have it granted before you leave or if the flight has a stop over somewhere, see if you can get out of the transit area and go to an airline check in desk and they should be able to scan your passport to see whether you are registered in the Immi computer with the WHV.
It may even be worth the cost if you do have a stopover to ask about the fee that is to be involved with having a few days break, nothing wrong with Hawaii or New Zealand this time of year.





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Hi Wanderer,

I am leaving on Sunday evening local time. I am in San Francisco at the moment and am getting a flight from SF to LA. Then LA to Sydney. Then Sydney to Melbourne. I don't know whether to chance it and apply now or enter on my ETA (which only lasts a week longer upon landing) and then leave again! Argh!


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Hi Wanderer,

I am leaving on Sunday evening local time. I am in San Francisco at the moment and am getting a flight from SF to LA. Then LA to Sydney. Then Sydney to Melbourne. I don't know whether to chance it and apply now or enter on my ETA (which only lasts a week longer upon landing) and then leave again! Argh!


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Just go to Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) and it should not take you much more than an hour to get the application in and it's still only the fourth over there, so good chance you'll have it before leaving.

If it has not been granted by the time you leave, that will raise an interesting scenario if you have it by time of arrival for the regulation is that you just need to apply for it outside of Australia and so you may find they will check you in on it if it has been granted while you're in transit for the WHV will override the ETA.





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Old 02-04-2011, 11:31 PM
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Have just submitted my application online and paid for it etc..

Got my Transaction Ref No. I'm hoping it all gets approved before I leave here. (Sunday evening California time). If it gets approved while I'm in transit, will that cause a problem? Would they not let me into the country despite my ETA still being valid?


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One way or another you'll either have your WHV or still the ETA.
Take a copy of the conformation re the TRN and if you cannot get a chance to check whether it has gone through before you depart either SF or @ LA [ a bitch of an airport from all reports! ] , when you get to the Immi check in desk at Sydney just briefly mention to the person doing passports that you either have an ETA or the WHV may have gone through and he ought to be able to tell you.

If it has not gone through, there is an Immi office at Sydney Airport and I'd head over to it [and the Immi person doing the passports may be able to give directions ] and see if they can do something about getting it through.
If it has come through, head there anyway and you can get your WHV stuck in.
If you've not yet booked anywhere in Sydney, I can recommend the YHA Australia Hostels - YHA Australia Railway Square hostel and their old refurbished Carriage four dorm beds for comfort and quietness and easy to get to in that you just take the train from the airport to Central Railway Station, hopping on near the tail end of train and when you alight look for the pedestrian subway signs heading towards the far distant end and just as you come past some shops there'll be stairs on your right and up there is the YHA.

For somewhere even quieter for a few days to get over jetlag, have a look at YHA Pittwater though it does take a bit more of getting to with a bus from near Railway Square and then a ferry and you'll need to take tucker in with you.

Or for somewhere a bit cheaper close to the Central Station, have a look at Alfred Park on BUG - the Backpackers' Ultimate guide to budget travel in Australia
You might also want to get yourself a Sydney transport Pass - 131500 Transport Infoline - Home on arrival and if getting one at the airport I think it makes the rail trip in from the airport a bit cheaper, but they can mean bus/ferry transport can be a bit cheaper and the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly is a great way to see Sydney Harbour and anpther option you may want to look at is taking the airport train all the way to Circular Quay and then jumping on the Manly Ferry for plenty of hostels over there and a great beach location with some nice walks.





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Old 02-05-2011, 12:31 AM
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Hi! Thanks so much for your help!

I just don't want them to be like: "this is all wrong! you shouldn't be here etc..." I've been there many times and know who you get at Immi is just luck of the draw really!

I will print out my receipt. Do you think it's best to not say anything when getting to Immi at all, since either way - I know I am allowed into the country...?

If my WHV has been approved, do I need them to stamp it into my passport? Or is it purely electronic?

I have checked online to check the status of the visa and it has said: "processing commenced."

Ugh. I know. I really hate LAX airport with a passion. One of the worst airports in the world and the 'staff' well....

Will check at SFO airport too, in case it's been approved already, in which case, there should be no problems, right?

Thanks for all your recommendations on places to stay, but I'm actually just landing in Sydney and heading to Melbourne. The flight I am on from LA only goes directly to SYD and not MEL. Pain, I know! Bring on the 18 or so hours of traveling!

Thanks again and sorry for all the above questions, I am just so scared of something going wrong!!


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Old 02-05-2011, 01:09 AM
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I doubt that you'll get a this all wrong development for it'll be either one or the other you'll have and yes, you could save enquiries until the actual outside desk, that is if you're leaving the Sydney Transit area and if so, then just see the Immi office down in Melbourne, it being handy to the CBD and there is a Free City Circle Tram you can catch in Flinders Street that should go right past it unless they have a new location.
Best way in from Melbourne Airport is the Airbus and you'll find a red kiosk outside the arrivals area, right outside on the footpath and you catch the bus adjacent to the kiosk, they running about every 15 minutes and trip takes about 20 and from the terminal they'll do free drop offs at various hostels, YHA having a new central one on Flinders street, building very well soundproofed or for somewhere in a quieter area on fringe of CBD have a look at the YHA Oasis or Chapman Gardens as it can also be referred to as or The Nunnery you'll find via the BUG site.

And all visas are recorded electronically and it is only so as employers can see you have the WHV that you need to get a sticker on arrival.





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