This week’s Mailbox Monday post is about the cost and processing time of a Work and Holiday Visa subclass 462.

Alright, let’s get started.

Today’s Question:

I plan to move to Sydney in May and will be applying for the Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462).

I know that I meet all of the requirements, but I am still nervous I will not get the visa. I found the agency Visa First through your website and from what I understand they can 100% guarantee you receive a visa.

I realize the cost is more than going at it alone, but I find the extra money worth it!

This is however if this information is true. I wanted to get your opinion before starting the process.

If you could please let me know if this agency is legitimate I would greatly appreciate it!

Lauren’s Reply

It’s good you’re asking about how legit the migration agency Visa First is as there are many migration agencies online that are not.

Visa First is totally legit and, if you look at the very bottom of the website, you’ll notice that Visa First has its migration agent registration number 1001083 posted. Any migration agent you deal with for any of your visa needs should have a migration agent registration number.

Just because there is a number posted on a website doesn’t mean that they are up-to-date.

It’s a good idea to check that they are currently registered on the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority website. I did a quick search on the MARA site for Visa First and found the Australian Migration Agent that works with Visa First, Declan Eamon Clune, is currently registered.

But, to be completely honest, you don’t really need them for a Work and Holiday Visa application. It’s very simple to do online and all you’re really paying Visa First for is the fast turn around time, but you’re looking at traveling in May which is heaps of time for you to get your visa!

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A WHV visa application takes 16 days and can all be done online.

A Work and Holiday Visa subclass 462 will cost you approximately $440 AUD when you apply through the Australian Immigration Website. A Work and Holiday Visa through Visa First will cost you around $500 USD but you will be approved in 48 hours.

Once the visa is approved, you have 12 months to enter the country to activate it.

Thought I would just put that out there. Not trying to talk you out of anything but just wanted to let you know you have other options.

There are several WHV holders in the Facebook SMG group and they can give you a ton of advice. Just do a quick search on Facebook to find them.

If you have any specific questions about your visa before you send in your application let me know and I can contact Visa First. I do it all the time.

How exciting. It’s going to be so much fun! You’re going to love Australia.


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