Applying for a WHV to Australia used to be quick and very straightforward. It still is, but new requirements make it a bit trickier than before.
As of April 2019, you need to:
- Provide the pages of your current passport, scanned, showing your photo, personal details, and passport issue and expiry dates.
- Provide evidence you have enough money for your stay in Australia. This is usually AUD5,000.
- Show that you have enough money to buy a ticket to leave Australia at the end of your stay, or that you already have the ticket.
You’re probably wondering what exactly constitutes evidence you have enough money—kind of vague, isn’t it?
Apparently, from what we’ve gathered from recent and current applicants, it seems that the following proofs are acceptable:
- Your most recent bank statement
- A statement from your bank representative (with proper letterhead, stamp and signature)
We don’t know yet if screenshots are accepted (feedback is welcome, leave a comment below!).
If your documents are not in English, they must be translated. Passports are usually printed in the language of your country of citizenship and in English, so no issue. However, you may have bank statements that are not in English. In this case, you must attach a translation of your proof of funds documents (on the same document).
You aren’t required to use a certified translator, however, the professional must specify the following information on the document:
- Full name
- Phone number (with area code)
- Education and experience as a translator
Documents do not need to be certified.
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