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18-02-2009, 10:06   #1
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Experience with Visa First

I recently decided to go to New Zealand on a working holiday visa and called visa first as they help can get your visa sorted for you.

I then researched online and found the http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migra...orkingholiday/

You can get a Visa here online for only 45 GBP/54 euro/120 NZ $

Compare this to the €160 charged by Visa First for the exact same visa this is shocking!

Also the package for them to setup your bank account and Sim card is rubbish this is easily done yourself when you arrive for a lot less money. <snip>

Stupidly I had already applied with Visa First without researching. I called Visa First to cancel and they charged me €30 cancelling fee.
I cancelled as I still stood to save a lot by doing it myself online.

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18-02-2009, 10:19   #2
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You'll always get that with middlemen, got to love the web for the directness by which you can do things. Well, call it the price of a good lesson, you'll regain your losses by savings made in future.
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Middlemen i.e. conmen

I totally agree with you. <snip> In my opinion and experience, I chose USIT so I could rest easy that I would have a 'supporting' company that understand the system and therefore the likely problems. I was totally wrong.

After being advised of essential items, documents I needed, I later found this to be untrue and just a revenue stream for them. I sought advice when I was out there only to find it incredibly difficult to get through to them. even when I did they offered minimal help.

My advice is do it yourself. Get the visa yourself and that way you will have a better understanding of it all.

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18-02-2009, 11:37   #4
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Compare this to the €160 charged by Visa First for the exact same visa this is shocking!
On their website they say they get it in 48 hours. Is that the same as the one from immigration?

As somebody who has been to Oz for the working holiday the TFN and bank accts are easy to set up but they take time and are hassle. It took me a trip into the City and a lot of queing for my TFN. It might have changed since then. The bank acct was easy enough though (I recommend St. George for anybody reading this, they seemed more helpful than the other banks).
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18-02-2009, 19:46   #5
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I setup my bank account with visafirst because i didn't mind parting with 24.99 to get the money over, However they tried to sell me WHV, Sim Card, Tax Allocation No & International Driving licence lol no thanks
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18-02-2009, 20:24   #6
 
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Too late for me....
I already let that company take 220euro off me.
Going this tues to oz so I guess I'l have less to worry bout when Im there. But more money would have been better.

Bit annoyed about the EURO - AUS conversion.
Checking www.xe.com said I should have got another $400.

Anyone else transfer money with visafirst? (ANZ Bank)
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18-02-2009, 20:51   #7
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Okay folks, steady a little with the language. Feel free to share your experiences of who is cheaper and who you feel gave you better service, but hold off on the pronouncements of 'rip off artists'. Some of these companies may offer services that you have never had to avail of, at competitive rates, and subsequently they charge more for the small stuff to help make up their margins. That's just business.
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hmm actually I don't agree with the rip off label.

This is a company that sells a service a bit like a laundry service.

If you go you a laundry a bag of washing = 15 yo yos (I think)

If you do it yourself in your own machine = 50 cents including electricity

So essentially you are paying someone to organise this task for you what they charge is up to them.
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19-02-2009, 10:13   #9
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Personally I found everything very easy to organise myself. The on-line visa application at immi.gov.au is very straightforward and was approved very quickly. Getting a TFN sent out to me took about a week and could be applied for online and it took five minutes to set up a bank account. I can see that some people would like the convenience of getting someone else to arrange it all for them, fair enough. But there's no real need to spend the money on it in my opinion.
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Too late for me....
I already let that company take 220euro off me.
Going this tues to oz so I guess I'l have less to worry bout when Im there. But more money would have been better.

Bit annoyed about the EURO - AUS conversion.
Checking www.xe.com said I should have got another $400.

Anyone else transfer money with visafirst? (ANZ Bank)
I recently transferred money with VISAfirst
and am missing about 40 euro, even with the fluctuating currency market, I cant figure this out.
My partner is missing over 90euro with the transfer??

Are we the only ones?
V annoyed here
Have emailed VISAfirst and still no reply
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11-03-2010, 02:21   #11
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All the major banks have parts of their websites dedicated to immigrants showing how to open accounts and send money.

Just DIY.
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I recently transferred money with VISAfirst
and am missing about 40 euro, even with the fluctuating currency market, I cant figure this out.
My partner is missing over 90euro with the transfer??

Are we the only ones?
V annoyed here
Have emailed VISAfirst and still no reply
I rang them about that too. i was missing about 700. they said it was the exchange rate from when i transferred it. I had done a month travelling in thailand and the rate had dropped dramatically!
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12-03-2010, 07:31   #13
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I rang them about that too. i was missing about 700. they said it was the exchange rate from when i transferred it. I had done a month travelling in thailand and the rate had dropped dramatically!
700E?
Did the stock market crash or something? Seems like an awful lot of money to be missing with currency exchange??

Still awaiting a reply here
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19-03-2010, 13:17   #14
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I've found visafirst ridiculous in just about any dealing I've ever had with them. You know the way they market themselves as being there for the backpacker and being all about the backpacker, I lost my passport early in my stay here. It was before I'd even gotten my ATM card from ANZ (thats a whole other rant) so I had no money and no ID to prove in the bank who I was. When I went to visafirst for some kind of advice, I was told by the girl with a big smile on here face "jaysus, thats fierce bad luck, you're probably going to be homeless so!!" Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting them to give me a handout or anything but basically, they got my money to organise the visa and after that, they wash their hands of you.

A friend of mine also had bother with them. They told him that they'd give him a contact list for looking for work but they never did even after numerous trips in to their office. Then they told him that they'd contact recruitment agencies on his behalf. In two months he never heard a thing from visafirst unless he went into their office or they were trying to sell him another product.

If I had known it was as simple as going to the Australian Immigration website.... hindsight is 20/20
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I have to disagree with everything above. I have used and am using Visafirst to help me with my migration visa and have had no trouble with them what-so-ever. It has been a very efficent and professional service in all regards. I got my working holiday through them a few years back and it was great. Didnt want to have to go to the effort of learning all about visa options I just simply picked up the phone and had it a couple of days later. I didnt have to bother with openning bank accounts of worring about tax numbers. they just done it for me. As for the price it is a Business as the OP said and like all business's if you can do it yourself it will be cheaper... I could prob fix an engine in a car myself after learning enough about it but I bring my car to a garage because its suits me to keep it simple.

The same with my skilled visa application it takes the headache out of everything for me. Still in process but sure I dont have to worry about it they do for me... Money transfers was great, I checked rates with AIB, BOI and visafirst and they were the best on the day saved myself nearly 80euro on a transfer.
You can easily get a WHV yourself to go to Oz or Nz through the relitive government website. You have to give the same information as you would have to give to Visafirst so I realy dont see the point in using a middle man.

I also really wouldnt trust someone who only has one post on boards for any information.
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