Bibber International




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Working in Australia - Vintage Work Visa Application Information

What is the process after I have applied?

Step 1. If you do not already have a job, we prepare a summary of your application, including a photo (nice smiling photo NOT a passport type photo!) and this info is circulated to potential wineries. If they are interested, they request a copy of your CV and Autobiography. At this stage they may contact you by telephone or email to discuss your application. They will also look at your YouTube video. Wineries love the Youtube videos!

At this time we will also prepare your visa forms and send them to you for checking and signing.  This means that there will be no delays in lodging your visa once you have a placement.

Step 2. When your application has been accepted by a winery, they will complete a Placement Agreement which we will send to you. This will outline the tasks you will be doing during your time here and will also provide information about accommodation, and start and ending dates.

Step 3. When we receive the placement information we will email it to you for you to review. When you have signed the agreement, we will lodge your visa application, unless you have chosen the special visa processing in which case your application would already have been lodged.

Step 4. Immigration will process the visa here in Australia (allow at least 6-8 weeks for processing sometimes more than 3 months!) and they will issue us with a letter of approval. You can travel with this letter and do not need a label in your passport. Please DO NOT apply for an ETA (Tourist Visa) because you may accidentally cancel your Bibber visa! Also if you decide to travel to Australia first or are already here, please note that Immigration charges a $700 visa surcharge to applicants who have applied for a previous visa  onshore. This is in addition to the normal visa charge of $275, so please think carefully before you travel here without your Bibber visa.

Step 5. Your visa is granted and you can travel to Australia! We can only send you your visa grant letter once you have sent your flight details and insurance application form and we have finalised your method of payment. Once you have your visa grant letter you should be able to travel with the letter and your passport.

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What is Special Processing?

Some countries are considered high risk by the Australian Authorities (ask us if you are not sure) and applications from those countries take much longer to process. This is a disadvantage to you because the employers will not choose you if your visa is likely to take many months before you can arrive in Australia and start work.
To help this situation, there is an option for you to lodge the visa application without a placement. This will allow Immigration to do all the background checks while we look for your placement. It will also mean that you will be able to arrive quickly as soon as the visa and placement is confirmed.
There are also some risks with this process. The visa fee of $275 is not refundable so if you are not placed then the $275 will not be included in the deposit refund.
If you are not successful in getting a placement, then any remaining fees paid will be fully refundable.
Please note that we strongly recommend this option to everyone who is from a country in Eastern Europe or the Subcontinent.

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Can I travel to Australia before my visa is granted?

People from some countries can travel to Australia on an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (Tourist Visa). Please visit to see if your country is on the list. Please be aware that if we have lodged your visa application and you arrive in Australia, we will need to withdraw your application and relodge it when you arrive. This is because the visa has a rule that says that ‘if you are offshore when the application is lodged you must be offshore when the visa is granted. If you are in Australia when we lodge the application, you must be in Australia when the visa is granted.’ If we need to re-lodge the visa application you will need to pay another visa application charge which is $275!
Please let us know if you intend to travel before your visa is granted, so that we can make sure you are covered by insurance and have a bed waiting for you when you get here!

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Can the visa be granted to match my flight dates?

The visa is granted specifically around your employment dates and not around your flights. In fact Immigration asks you NOT to make flight bookings until your visa is granted. We understand that is sometimes not practical, however we cannot change the dates of your visa to match your flights! You must change your flights to match the visa. If you are going to make flight bookings please make sure that they can be changed without penalty.

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Can I contact Immigration about the status of my visa?

No please DO NOT contact Immigration about the status of your visa. They have to process 1000’s of visas and if they have to answer even one email or phone call from each of the visa applicants, it would mean that they would have no time to process any of the visas! If you contact immigration, they will contact us to let us know, so that we can apologize and contact you and ask you to stop. They are doing their best to grant the visas as quickly as they can, and if there are many applications, it sometimes takes longer than we think. Please be patient and don’t make any airline bookings that you cannot change!

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