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Here is where it all begins! In this post we will be looking into the 1 year visa Australia, the very first port of call for any intrepid traveler wishing to embark on the journey of a lifetime down under. From where to apply, criteria for a successful application and the pitfalls to avoid.
First things first
Before you can escape the humdrum, cold and wet of the UK there is one hurdle that stands between yourself and a taste of nomadic freedom in Oz. The dreaded visa application. For most this is nothing more than a mere formality, for a very small percentage the dream starts and ends here. As long as you’re not a convicted serial killer or the like I wouldn’t worry too much.
Most of us get there without any problems.
Who can get a 1 year visa Australia
Australia has a reciprocal working visa arrangement with the following countries:
- Hong kong
- Republic of Cyprus
- Republic of Ireland
- Republic of Korea
- The Netherland
- United Kingdom
To be granted a working holiday visa there is a certain list of criteria you must meet. First thing is age range, if your younger than 18 or older than 30 then I’m afraid you don’t meet the criteria and your application will not be accepted. Although you won’t be able to enter Australia on a working holiday visa there is another way. You can apply for a holiday visa that will allow you to enter and remain in Australia for a maximum of 3 months free to travel to any of the 7 states but working will not be an option. If you can afford to do this then lucky you!! For the rest of you that fall into the age range category you will also have to have at least 6 months left on your passport at the time of application. Once you have your application granted you then have 12 months to enter Australia from the date it was granted. You then have 1 year to explore, live and work from the date you entered Australia for the first time, you can also leave and return as many times as you like during that 12 months but regardless of where you are in the world your visa will expire exactly 1 year after you first step foot in Australia. I would recommend spending the full year in Oz, you’ve the rest of your life to see the rest of the world.
Another aspect to look into is what funds you will need upon arrival as you can be asked to supply proof of enough funds to survive for the start of your adventure. Taking a bank statement would be wise. When I went the minimum amount required was £3000. I would consider this the least amount to arrive with due to Australia’s economy being so strong/bloody expensive.
Here’s the grizzly bit… No doubt you’ve seen Border Force Australia!? The Ozzy’s can be fairly strict when it come to who they let into their amazing country, understandable! As stated earlier, as long as you’re not a crazed axe murderer with a bedside cabinet full of “trophies”, you should be ok. When filling out your visa request form you SHOULD include all criminal offences if you have any, trying to pull the proverbial “wool” over their eyes will only land you on the next return flight should they decide to check your details on arrival. To my knowledge any minor criminal offences have to be explained when, where and why they were committed. People I met had records for criminal damage and shoplifting, they were still granted entry but one unlucky chap was questioned in the airport by security.
What have we learned?
If there’s one part this website that needs attention, it is this page! Don’t be a serial killer, don’t be too young or old and have lots of riches.
Have all these attributes and enjoy your 1 year visa Australia, maybe even a second year!
For more indepth information or to start your adventure down under check out the “Australian visa bureau”.
A little very helpful reading to get you planning your adventure!