All You Need to Know about Immigration, Working Holidays, Visas etc
Replies: 43 - Last Post: Mar 16, 2013 6:58 PM Last Post By: timmo22
Oct 7, 2005 6:45 AM
All You Need to Know about Immigration, Working Holidays, Visas etcNB This is NOT a thread to ask questions. If, after reading the links provided in this thread, you still have questions you are best off starting your own new topic.
If you've got questions about other visas please be sure to specify the passport you'll be travelling on and which country you're trying to visit.
Extensions to visas for seasonal work, studying in Australia, extending your stay, Australian citizenship, where to find fruit picking/harvesting jobs (a link from the Working Holiday Makers page) can be found at this website
Tip - use the menus along the top. It's all quite straight forward and user friendly. link for NZ WHV
Oct 18, 2005 10:57 PM
Air New Zealand is main airline - website bookings are easy for domestic flights, and usually are the cheapest rate available. AIr New Zealand Website. Qantas also offers flights between main centres - Qantas NZ website. Origin Pacific also offers flights between regional airports. Origin Pacific Website
Main Bus service run by Newmans / Intercity. This is a good option for getting off the main route, and for shorter side trips. Long distances, air travel is likely to be as cost effective, and takes a LOT less time. Website offers bookings Newmans / Intercity website. Newmans / Intercity also offer a stored time value pass called Flexipass
There are number of backpacker busses - some of the more well known ones are Stray travel, Kiwi Experience, Flying Kiwi, and Magic Bus
Trains are predominatly a sight-seeing option, rather than a viable travel option. There are three main routes (plus the Palmerston North / Wellington commuter route) - Auckland to Wellington, Picton to Christchurch, and Christchurch to Greymouth. The train service is run by TranzScenic.
There are LOTS of rental car companies in NZ. Car hire is one of the best ways to see the country, as much of NZ's best sights are located in out of the way places not easily accessed by public transport. There are generally 3 tiers of rental car companies. There are the multinationals, such as Avis, Hertz and Budget. Then there are the national companies, such as Ace and Rent-a-Dent. Finally, each main centre generally has a number of smaller operators with just one base in that centre. What option you go for depends on where you will be travelling, whether you want to pick up and drop off to different locations etc.
Can still be done in NZ, but be very careful what lifts you accept. One recent suggestion after the death of a hitchiker was to take a PCT photo of the driver on a cell-phone if possible. Do not try to hitch on motorways as it is illegal to walk on the side of the motorway, and it is illegal to stop for anything other than an emergency. Generally, hitching out of main centres is fairly difficult, whereas hitching lifts in rural areas is much easier.
This post is a guide only, and is not exhasutive. Two sites for further travel information areNZ Travel on the web and Jasons Website
Oct 19, 2005 9:36 PM
Oct 26, 2005 5:52 AM
3Banks in Australia.
Oct 31, 2005 12:22 AM
4Now that WHVers can apply for a second WHV based on 3 months seasonal work in regional Australia, I would suggest that anyone wanting to apply print off this form and take it with you when you do your agricultural work - as you need your employers signature to verify your employment
Nov 17, 2005 9:07 PM
5You can now apply for an NZ WHV online, just follow the link in the OP - and click on "Working Holiday Schemes online"
Following a phone call to the NZ embassy, I can confirm that UK citizens CAN apply for a WHV for NZ, up until their 31st birthday, however, this may affect the amount of time they are allowed on the visa, i.e. until they are 31, instead of the usual 23 months.
Jan 3, 2006 5:15 AM
Feb 5, 2006 5:31 PM
7Fruit picking information.
For those of you looking to do 3 months harvest work to obtain a 1 year extension to your Australian WHV the following information may be useful.
Currently (FEB 2006), the grape harvest is about to get into full swing in the Mildura area, including Robinvale, Swan Hill, Renmark and Berri areas. Harvest will last until at least the end of April with bigger farms going into May. The following contacts maybe useful:
Mildura Harvest Labour Office 03 50221797, 97-99 Lime Avenue. This office will have details of harvest vacancies right along the Murray from Swan Hill to Renmark.
Mildura International Backpackers 03 50210133
Victoria Borderline Backpackers 03 50230671
Riviera Backpackers Motel 03 50233696
Redcliffs Backpackers 0350242905
Feb 21, 2006 4:22 PM
8Here is a copy of a form you can use to keep track of seasonal work you do in order to qualify for a second WHV:
Make sure you read this info about which areas qualify as "regional" for the purposes of qualifying for havign done "seasonal work in regional areas for that second WHV:
Mar 4, 2006 8:22 AM
9Tree Planting Information
February to end of May 2006
1 hour inland of Byron Bay (Northern New South Wales)
June to October 2006
2 hours East of Melbourne (Victoria)
Crews are set up in accommodation ranging from motels, hotels and caravan parks. Transport to and from the forestry blocks is provided in one of the Company vehicles from the arranged accommodation.
Any person who is interested in doing something for the environment by planting trees, as well as earning great money, tree planting could be the job for you.
Falls under the category of Harvest work. 3 months extenstion to your Australian WHV is a possibility.Text
Visit www.usufruct.com.au for further information or email email@example.com
May 20, 2006 6:56 AM
May 20, 2006 7:58 AM
You may also be eligible to get this back - http://ato.gov.au/super/pathway.asp?pc=001/007/126
Jul 5, 2006 3:48 PM
126 month extension to Aus WHV
For anyone who's interested (and I know there's been some confusion about this lately), I went to my local immigration office today and the lovely lady behind the counter confirmed that the 6 month extension DOES apply to those already here in Australia before July 1st (before it was thought the changes only applied to those applying after this date).
Jul 11, 2006 4:42 PM
13It would appear that in my excitement I wasn't very clear in getting my point across so appologies to all for causing extra confusion. Yes I was referring to the extension to the ammount of time you can work for one employer (now 6 months instead of 3)
Not only do the new rules come into effect for those people applying for their WHVs after 1st July 2006, they also apply to all those already here on a WHV before that date. Therefore EVERYONE with a current Australian Working Holiday Visa can work up to 6 months with the same employer (as long as they don't overstay their visa of course).
I was told this by an advisor at the Perth office of the Department of Immigration but anyone with any doubts should probably check for themselves since there are plenty of people still willing to argue that this is not the case.
From the above website:
"If you are granted this visa you can:
stay up to 12 months
leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid
work in Australia for up to 6 months with each employer
study or train for up to 4 months.
Note: If you applied for your Working Holiday visa before 1 July 2006, you may:
undertake study or training for up to 3 months
work for up to 6 months with each employer
Important: Your visa will have a condition limiting work with each employer to 3 months however, all visa holders have been granted permission to work for up to 6 months with each employer."
Jul 11, 2006 6:19 PM
14Thanks to all who have contributed to this branch as it is a great start for someone like me who is taking a career break into this part of the world. I do have a couple of questions though:
1) Can someone 30+ years obtain a working holiday visa in either NZ or Aus? I read somewhere in the Thorn Tree that NZ offers to 35 but this is not listed on the official websites.
2) If I can't get a work visa due to my age am I still eligible for a Harvest Tour visa?
Help is always appreciated.
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