So, you’ve decided to make that big decision and go for the Australian Working Holiday Visa? Here are some tips about where to start! Just have in mind that I am from the UK, so applying for visas etc. may be a little different depending where you’re from. Go to the official Australian Government website to see if you meet the basic requirements for the Working Holiday Visa. https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/417-
Applying for the Visa
There are two options for applying for a visa. 1) Apply online yourself or 2) Have a company such as STA Travel assist you with your application. Option 2 will cost extra. I recommend that you apply for the visa yourself online as it really isn’t that complicated to complete.
- Go to the official Australian Government website to find details about how to apply for the Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417). Click on the same link as introduction.
- When I applied it cost me a total of AU$445 (£218.00). You don’t need to process the payment until you have completed the application.
- It will ask you general questions such as passport details, name, and address and will ask you various “yes or no” questions about criminal convictions etc. It took me about 10 minutes to complete. I imagine this would be slightly different if you were planning to work in hospitals or care – you’d have to answer more questions which would probably take you longer to complete this application.
- You will receive 2 emails after you have submitted the application. The Visa Acknowledgement and the Visa Grant. I’m sure you’re smart enough to know that your Visa Grant email contains your visa, which I advise you save a digital copy and print a copy.
- Wollah! That’s your visa completed. As simple as that.
STA Travel seems to be the most popular choice of company amongst backpackers. I have heard that sometimes, they will make an offer where they will process your visa for free or at a discounted price for you if you book flights with them. I looked this up and unfortunately when I applied there weren’t any offers on the Australian Holiday Working Visas.
Otherwise, they do actually charge extra for assisting you with your visa. Which in my opinion, isn’t worth doing.