Here we go…. again!
I came back to America mid-May with the intention of waiting until June to apply for my Australian Work and Holiday Visa. Guess what?! It’s June.
Remember back when you applied for college? You had your heart set on one school, filled out the application and
double, triple, quadruple checked your answers, paid the application fee, and then hit submit (or mailed it in)? After that a giant knot formed in your stomach as you waited for a response.
Applying for the Australian Work and Holiday Visa is similar to applying to college, but taking it to a new extreme. You fill out the application, and answer all the questions (most of which are really simple.) Anything you can’t answer you results in you calling your insurance company and rooting through your files for diplomas, before finally finishing the application and reviewing.
Let me fill you in on what the Australian Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) will allow you to do.
1. Stay in Australia continuously for up to 12 months (on a visiting visa you must leave after 3 months)
2. Work in Australia at an employer for up to six months
3. Study for up to four months
4. Leave and re-enter Australia for as many times as the visa is valid
There are a few requirements you must meet to be approved for the Australian Work and Holiday Visa. For more information on the Australian Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) please check out the Australian Immigration website.
For me this visa is perfect. My last visit in Australia lasted just short of the three months I was allowed to be there for, and allowed Ben and I to begin to “establish” our relationship. On a side note, the next visa I will apply for is the Partner Visa, and under this visa Ben and I must be able to prove our relationship through various forms, so we began that process when I went to Australia in March.
I completed the Work and Holiday Visa application within ten minutes, minus calling my insurance company, and then quadruple checking my responses. After one last review (ok, quintuple checked) I printed the application out and gave it to my mom to check. You can never be too sure of an answer. She looked it over, gave it back, and I looked over it five more times before submitting.
After submission comes payment, a $420 non-refundable application fee. It’s so uncomfortable to think that you are paying for a chance at something that may not happen, hence checking the application an additional 5 times before typing in my credit card number and submitting payment. The timeline given on the immigration website states that a decision can come anytime within one to six days, and up to two weeks sometimes. So now, we wait.
How can I describe the feeling of waiting?
Back to that whole applying for college analogy, except this time you put all your eggs into one very very expensive basket, unsure of what the decision will be, unsure of any reason why your application could be rejected, but praying that it won’t, because who can afford to spend that kind of money again? Big ol’ knots have taken over my stomach like I am going to be sick any second, I can’t imagine what will happen if this application is not accepted.
Update: Less than 24 hours after applying for my Work and Holiday Visa I received an email from Australian Immigration to let me know my application has been ACCEPTED!!
Now I get to plan my trip back to OZ, pack up, and say goodbye to family and friends one more time as I take a much longer trip Down Under. I’m not nervous as I once was, this time, I am simply excited!
If you are still trying to figure out if a Work and Holiday in Australia is right for you, take a look at this post from Buzzfeed on 20 Reasons You Should Work Abroad in Australia.