In my last post on Applying for a UK Youth Mobility Visa I went through what it was and how to apply for one.
After you’ve handed over the money, picked your appointment date for your biometric data to be taken and printed off everything in triplicate (hey I was taught to always be prepared, thank you Scouts) your next step is to wait till your appointment date. The appointment is just a really fancy way of saying hey we want your finger prints just in case we want to implicate you in a crime while your here. I kid honest… oh god I’m so getting strip searched on arrival.
The appointment is a breeze. They make you drive to “insert nearest capital city here” for what is a 2 minute process. That is unless you’ve worn your finger prints away like I had on my left hand pinkie finger. My appointment was in Melbourne which for the rest of you is about a 1.5 hour drive away.
Entering the consulate office you take a seat opposite the glass wall and wait to be called. Don’t try and talk to the staff behind the glass wall because your getting no love there trust me, the guy that walked in after me sure found that out.
Using the press here to talk method of PA systems your name is called and you front up to the counter and pass over the following:
- Printed visa application form (Attach your passport photo to it)
- Booking confirmation form
- Valid passport
You then get told to stick your fingers on the miniature scanner so they can scan your digits. Right hand, left hand and then the thumbs. Apparently I work too hard because as I said one of my fingers wouldn’t scan. We tried pressing on it, breathing on it and even doing the look away to be all sneaky and fool the scanner trick. Eventually they got the scans and that was it. I got back my form with a stamp on it and a half A4 size piece of paper detailing my next step.
That next step will require the following important pieces of documentation:
- Signed application form with accompanying biometric stamp of approval
- Passport sized photo (hopefully still attached to your application form)
- Current passport
- Completed self-assessment form and accompanying documents (Appendix 7 Self-Assessment Form)
The first three items are easy you have those. The fourth item as mentioned in the first post is to print off the Appendix 7 document and fill it in. They ask the obvious stuff like your name (don’t get that wrong please), age etc. The important bit is Part 4.
This section requires you to prove you have 1600 quid in the bank before you get there. The easiest way to do this is send in your latest bank statement. Just make sure its current, they require one dated within 30 days of your application. Most banks are willing to issue you a current statement but be careful there is probably going to be a fee attached to it. I suggest applying for it as soon as you apply if not sooner, banks can be a bit slow and if your pressed for time applying well.. you don’t want to know the answer to that.
Set with all my documents I purchased two express post parcels. One to send the documents down in and one for them to post it back to me, the cheap buggers won’t even foot the bill for postage back. Express post also allows you to track the parcel just in case someone looses it because after all it will contain your passport.
Then you play the waiting game. Estimated processing times can be found at this web page . Only get nervous if after 10 days you still haven’t heard anything because according to that page 98% of claims are completed in that time frame.
You will receive an email when they receive your documents and then one at the end detailing if you have been approved or not. I can tell you when I received these words in an email today I was ecstatic.
Your application has been approved and your documents will be dispatched within 2 working days.
Overall when you have the right information this process really is a breeze. The daunting task is finding out what you need. I hope that both my articles on the topic can help to serve other future applicants in Applying for the Youth Mobility Visa.
Was just wondering if the passports get sent back to your house address or you have to pick them up from somewhere? also, how long does it take for most people to get theirs back?
Thanks heaps for the posts by the way, very helpful
Hi Sam, the passport gets sent back to whatever address you put in the reply paid package you send off with your passport. And rough estimate on return time is about 2 weeks give or take.
Thank you so much for the two posts about applying for a visa, I’m from NZ and applied online today and have my biometrics test this week. So helpful seeing a clear list of what you need!! I did so much research over different websites but it’s very helpful to have all information in one place.
I hope that you are enjoying your time in the UK!
Thanks Amy, my time in the UK was AMAZING and ‘m jealous of anybody looking to go there now that my visa has expired. I’ve recently updated the 2 posts I’ve written into a new article which can be found here:
If any of your experiences differ from what I’ve written up it would be great. Especially as you are applying as someone from New Zealand.
I have a Youth Mobility Visa at the moment. I’m just wondering if anyone knows if you are able to leave the country and reenter as a holiday maker. I will have my flight booked home, but am going to work up until my visa ends and then will leave the country to travel and reenter to spend time in London before going home. Does anyone know if there is a minimum time you’re not allowed here before reentering? Fingers crossed it’s fine as long as you can show a flight booked home later on.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Hi Kristi, you can re-enter on a standard tourist visa just be prepared to explain yourself to the customs folks as they can be a right pain I’ve found from first hand experience. Having the flight booked for home will be a big help just make sure you have it printed out to show to them when you re-enter. I’d try and leave for a few days and not just out one day and back in the next as well.
Thanks, I plan to print out the flight info for sure, yeah. I’ll also have a separation letter from work to state that I’ve finished and details for a friend who’s willing to have me stay while on holidays. Hopefully it won’t be too traumatic! haha I just wanted to check there wasn’t any limits on it as I couldn’t find any on the embassy site.
Thanks for your thoughts 🙂
Sounds like you’ve covered all the bases to me, just depends on the customs officer you get on the day now but I doubt you’ll have to much trouble.
God I hope not!! haha Hopefully I get a goodie!! I’ll have to let you know how I go hey!!
How’s life back in oz? Do you miss England?
I’m already sad about having to leave…even though I’m looking forward to returning home and seeing everyone back there. I’ve got a whole new life here though. It’s kinda surreal. I wanna go between the two! haha
Oz… yeah I didn’t stay put there very long. Currently bouncing back and forth between Europe and OZ as like you I created a new life in the UK and still miss it even though my visa expired over 12 months ago. Currently been in Ireland for 2 months exploring and planning to hopefully get to London and a bit more of Europe before heading back home to OZ for christmas.
Leaving was hard as you have spent the last 12+ months living there, having a job, a home and friends. To have to give it all up due to visa requirements is so not fun.
I so wanna go home and see everyone, but I’m loving it here atm. I think I’ll be looking into the next visa just so I have the option to come back when I want! lol Though I’m sure I’ll do holidays and that might keep me happy!!
So you’re in Ireland atm? Awesome! Lucky you! Are you going between Oz and Europe with work or just doing a bit of travel when you can etc? So are you just going to London for a bit of reminiscing before heading home? 😉
I’m lucky enough to have converted my job into a business I can run from anywhere. So decided to move to Ireland for three months to live, travel and work.
While still limited by visas stopping me from staying longer in places than I’d like. It allows me to come back to London for instance to see friends and visit my old neighbourhood so to speak.
OMG I am so jealous right now!! lol Good on you though!
What work do you do? (Though this is a public forum so totally understand if you don’t wanna say). haha
Ireland is one of my favourite places!! It was top of my list at a young age. Looooved it over there and would have loved to have lived there for awhile. Deffo have to holiday there again!!
Must be strange visiting your old neighbourhood in London. I had a friend come to visit me from oz recently. She lived here a few years back and went to her old neighbourhood. Bizarre!
Kristi, I run an online web development business helping bloggers like myself with their websites and developing new products for people to use. Its an extension of my IT days back in OZ so fits well.
Very strange visiting my old neighbourhoods in london but still very familiar like I’d never left.
ahh lucky boy! Good on you!
Yeah it would be quite surreal. Good luck with it all and enjoy your time back over here x
I am currently in the UK on a youth mobility VISA and I’m at the point where I’ve got enough funds to use the UK as a base to travel to other places in Europe. However, I am having problems with travel insurance.
Lets say I want to travel to Italy for two weeks and then return to continue working in the UK, and I want to be covered for luggage/health/tours/transport/accommodation while I am in Italy.
UK travel insurance won’t cover me as I’m not a UK citizen, and Australian travel insurance won’t cover me as I’m not returning to Australia.
Do you know of any travel insurance companies that cover people in my situation?
Thanks so much for your help 🙂
I’ve always used travel insurance companies from Australia even thought I wasn’t returning to OZ. I’m fairly sure they still cover you but I’ve never called to check.
Hi there, absolutely fantastic website, so much valuable information! I’ve read your 3 articles on the visa app and read through the comments.
I just have one question – at the time I applied for the visa, I didn’t have the required amount of funds in my bank account. Since then I have deposited the right amount and attained a bank statement stating that I have the sufficient amount of funds in my account.
I have my Biometrics appt tomorrow – is it okay that I deposited the required amounts in my account after I applied for my Visa?
Thanks for your help! 🙂
Hi Janice, nowhere on the UKBA website have I read that the funds need to be in your account for any length of time before applying and I’ve not heard of anybody being knocked back because the funds weren’t in the account for long enough.
I do however think having the money in there for 30 days or more before the application looks a little better as they may think you just borrowed the money to apply. Still I don’t see any problems so imagine you will be ok.
Hi I’m just looking to start his process & I am wondering if you need to have an itinerary & flights sorted to be able to apply for the visa. I didn’t want to organise too much in case I was denied. I’m pushing the age limit so I want to make sure I get it all right the first time. As I am a little pushed for time if I send my online application In before I turn 31 but don’t have my apppntment til after I turn 31 does that matter?
Hi STRAWB82 , there is no need to have any itineraries or flights booked to apply for the visa. To meet the requirements you need to have lodged your application before you turn 31, if you do it after you won’t be eligible. Once the application is lodged I believe you are ok but I’d be doing it ASAP just to be sure.
In the visa application it asked about criminal conviction including traffic offences. I’ve been done for speeding before but I only ever got a fine. Do I need to disclose that? Cause they are asking for an exact date of the offence & I have no idea or any paperwork for it. Please help!
Hi Strawb82, I believe fines don’t count as they aren’t criminal convictions in the sense that the forms ask for. I see it as if you went to court you need to note it down, if you just got an on the spot fine then you are ok as they don’t stay recorded on your criminal record for long.
Ok thanks for that – so is there anyway I can go back & edit any of my answers on an online application or do I need to start over??
If you have finalised the invoice and paid the fee I don’t believe you can change your answers other than crossing it out and writing on the printed application form. If you haven’t gone that far yet then yes you can go back and adjust your answers.
otherwise you can just include a copy of the speeding fine and that should be enough proof.
Just wondering if you know what the deal is if you live super far away from any of the offices for biometric data collection. And when I say really far away, I mean Darwin. It’s going to cost me a fortune to fly down to Brisbane or Sydney around Christmas (I want to be in England by Feb) and I can’t really see how that’s justifiable for a 2 minute appointment. Any ideas?
I wish I had a good solution but basically you have to fly into the closest embassy office that offers biometric appointments. One of the downsides to Australia being a big country and most of the population living on the east coast.
just have a question. My husband and I sent our youth mobility application together in the same envelope with the one return envelope. I received an email telling me my visa will be despatched, but my husband hasn’t received anything. Should I be concerned?
Also he accidently put his speeding fines in the criminal conviction part because it said to include all traffic offences. Would that impact his application? We supplied a lust of his traffic offences.
Lauren, I’d personally have split up the applications as I don’t believe you can apply online jointly.
But in saying that a LOT of people have gotten very sporadic information back about their visas with some getting no notification and others getting messages like yours. I’d wait and see what comes back in the post before getting to worried I believe.
Any forms of offences would be looked at but if they required more information you’d be asked to supply it so I’d assume all is ok.
I sent off all my documents to the PO BOX in Sydney on 19th December and it arrived on 23rd December (because of the weekend). I noticed that you said in previous posts that you should receive an email to say that they have received your application but its 6th January now and i still haven’t even received that email? I sent via express post trackable mail and It says waiting to be collected from the PO BOX in Sydney but I’m assuming thats because from the PO BOx they will forward it in with a different tracking number or something. Also taking into account of the Christmas holidays and all that how much longer do you think it will be before i receive my visa? I also haven’t received a confirmation email to say they are sending it back or its approved.
Hi Jimmy, in theory you should receive an email when its received and when its dispatched but I’ve seen many times from others that they got no notifications at all and the passport just appeared back in their mailbox.
Given you sent it off right before Christmas I’d imagine things would be delayed by a week or so. On average most applications take 2 weeks so I’d say you’d be looking to get it back late this week or early next week. If you are really worried though you should be able to call the visa office and get a status update as well.
Thanks for the reply. The other thing is i applied for an ancestry visa and apparently if you have already been rejected then the processing time of this visa will be delayed. But i dont think that should affect it. What do you think?
It’s hard to tell to be honest mate. If you were denied for the ancestry visa it might delay you while they verify why you were denied but I’d say its mostly due to applying right on christmas time.
Hey mate just wanted to let you know they just sent me an email at 5pm today to say your visa will be despatched shortly and it said to check your tracking mail in 3 days or so which is awesome. Didn’t mention anything about the result. not sure if its approved or not I will just have to wait, also i was just wondering whether you know if its possible to go up to Sydney and pick it up from the visa office because it will save me waiting an extra 3 days because of the weekend?
thanks for all your help its made it so much easier.
Jimmy, I’d say you’ll be all approved and good to go by the sounds of that. While I’ve never heard from anybody who’s been denied before that is the standard email they send out once your visa has been processed.
As for picking up the passport I really don’t believe thats possible as you send the passport off to a PO Box so I’ve no idea where it would be sent to etc.
Thanks for all your help, it should in the next few days so i will have to wait and see.
Your site has been incredibly helpful and I feel about 200% less stressed out about applying, I’m sure I’ve referred here about 3 times a week instead of the official site!!
I just have one question which I’m hoping someone can answer…my husband and I are both applying for our visas & our biometric appts are within a couple of days of each other…I’m wondering whether I can send them in the same express post envelope together with all our Bank statements combined (we have joint accounts) or whether we need to duplicate everything and send them off separately?
Hi Kyle, I’d send off the applications separately to be safe. While I’m sure all would be ok, for the sake of a couple of extra copies of your paperwork the piece of mind for me knowing all is as they want it would be worth the trouble.
Thanks so much for your blog posts- its so bloody complicated! They sure don’t make it easy.
I’m applying from NZ and the process seems the same. Had my bio appt today and they told me what i needed to send- appendix 7 i didn’t know about! panic stations but i found it. My question is: on appendix 7 it says “please ensure you also complete the main Personal Details form
is this the VAF9 form?
If it is: part 1 says you need to fill out scores for “attributes”, “english” and “maintenance”
i’m not sure what to put for the “english” box haha
40 points from part 2- nationality- and part 3-age – which i have
10 for maint.
ACTUALLY i think i have figured it out. It said in policy guidance that you fill out the VAF9 is for countries that do not do online forms- so im thinking appendix 7 is enough
Hi Sophie, the system has changed somewhat (at least in Australia) as the application can now only be applied for online and the appendix 7 form is no longer required.
The VAF9 form is your main application for the visa so if you applied online you filled out that form already.
Applying for my yms visa as well. On the UK guide for supporting documents they claim you must apply online now but ALSO send in an application form?
Also do you know if I need to send in my old passport as well as my new passport? From what I can understand they want both D: but the website is so confusing!
Thanks so much!
Hi Gen, the appliation process has changed somewhat in the last few months and they now require you to apply online online and then print your form off to be checked at your biometric appointment and then posted off to them. Before you could just print the application form off and not fill out the online part but thats gone now.
For your old passports if you have them in your possession then I’d mark down you have them on the form and post them off with your application for checking along with your valid passport. Or you can just say you lost/dont have them on the appication and not send them off.
Hi, I am in the process of applying for my tier 5 youth mobility visa, as I am booking my biometrics in Brisbane, I have to pay an additional $112 fee (ontop of the $380 visa fee), I’m a bit confused as once I go to http://www.vfsglobal.co.uk to make this payment, there is a courier/post option for $24.
Do they still accept the platinum express post envelopes, or do I have to buy this $24 option?
So confused! =(
p.s. your site has been my saviour through this process, thank you so much!
Hi Tahlia, to be honest thats the first I’ve heard you need to pay more for the visa or get charged for courier delivery. I know there is a lot of big changes going on with the site in the last few months as they try and make the site easier to use and streamline some of the paperwork but having to pay more seems wrong to me.
Also that link you added doesn’t work for me at all so maybe there is a mistake on their system?
@TAHLIA, yes this is part of the new visa application centres – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/australia-apply-for-a-uk-visa/apply-for-a-uk-visa-in-australia
For some reason, they’re punishing everyone except those in Sydney or Melbourne with an additional $112 fee (maybe they’ve outsourced it out to a third-party in the other cities). In Brisbane, if you want your documents couriered back to your home address, you’ll need to pay an additional $24; otherwise, you can pick them up at the application centre when they’re ready.
Thanks for the update Sam I’d not seen that notice so can see big big changes have happened this past couple of weeks. Can’t believe the extra costs to apply now.
Will get onto updating my content to reflect the new changes for everyone.
Hi, I’m from NZ but I got my passport renewed while I was in Sydney, my old one may have been expired for a month or two before I got a new one I can’t remember. So when it asks the place of issue of my passport would I say Sydney or NZ? Also if I don’t know what my UK address will be, my travel date to the uk, previous passports or previous travel dates are, is this going to be a problem? I have lost my old passports & I can guess the dates of my previous travels but it won’t be too accurate. Do you have to know the exact day or can you just provide the month & year you traveled. Can I make up a hostel that I will stay at or will I have to provide proof. Many thanks for you help if you can assist!
Hi Charmaine, check the place of issue to what it says in your passport, thats what its asking for. For your UK address just pick a hotel/hostel you intend to stay in the first night, its irrelevant.
For previous travel dates just get as close as possible, I doubt they are ever going to query someone on it.
I had my biometrics interview yesterday…and I just remembered I did not do /hand in an appendix 7! The officer did not say anything either, but ive handed in a signed bank letter.
Is this going to get rejected (!?!!!) I turn 31 in a week, should I do another app just in case (?!)
Hi Marie, have a read of my updated guide, the appendix 7 form is no longer required.
Hi there – this blog is great and seems to be the only resource on the web! Wondering if you have any insight into my issue. I’m living in NYC and applied online, it said that an appointment wasn’t necessary and when I looked into this further, I was lead to a FAQs page Biometric Enrollment Not Required.
I just received my rejected visa back saying that I needed to submit biometric information. So, I just applied online again and the same thing happened, it said an appointment wasn’t necessary and wouldn’t let me schedule one.
Have you heard of this happening and do you have any suggestions?
Thanks so much in advance!
Hi Jenna, sorry to hear about the visa problems. Unfortunately I’ve had no dealings with applying for the visa from the US so I can’t help. I’d suggest calling the visa folk in the US and speaking with them to find out how to move forward.
Hi Aussie Nomad,
It mentions to start worrying if I haven’t heard anything in 10 days… It’s now the 12th day since my biometrics appointment and I haven’t heard a peep. Should I start freaking out yet? Haha 🙂
Ok speak of the devil.. I’ve just got an email saying the UK visa application centre has received my processed application this morning, and that it will be returned to me by courier if I have booked one.
I still need to wait for an email to see if I’ve been accepted don’t I?
Hi Lucy, you’ll have one more email to say you can come and collect it (unless you paid to have it posted out to you). And as far as I’ve seen your visa will be approved now as well. Sometimes people don’t get that extra email though so if you don’t hear anything for a few days just show up at the visa office and see if they have it.
Thanks for your reply!
I ended getting a slip in the mail the next day and picked up my passport at the post office with my visa in it 🙂 can’t believe it!
Thanks so much for dedicating and committing your time to help countless people on here, would not have been able to do it with all your detailed information and resources!
Hi Lucy, great to hear your passport arrived and thanks for the kind words. Enjoy the UK, it was am amazing experience for me.
Hi Aussie Nomad (again!),
I’m all of a sudden in a bit of a dilemma and was hoping you might have some advice for me since I actually don’t know who I could ring/ask about this.
I have just been contacted by a theatre in New York to do a Skype interview for an internship I applied for many months ago. I know I may not get it, but hypothetically, if I were go to work in New York for the first 3-4 months of my Youth Mobility Visa, would I still be allowed to enter the UK after I’m done working in New York? My UK visa is set to start from September 16.
I don’t even know if it’s possible to hold two different Visas at the same time yet, which I’ll also have to look into. I hope that makes sense and so sorry to bother you with this problem haha!
Hi Lucy, you can hold as many visas as you like to my knowledge. Your UK visa is valid for 2 years and so you can come and go as much as you like in that time. If you get there a few months after it starts you just miss out on the full 2 years to spend in the UK.
My dad id not on my birth cert and I do not know his information. Is it OK for me to put Unknown in all of the fields for father?
Also, my previous passport had expired and I have no idea where it is, should I explain this in additional info or just put yes, under is this your first passport?
Hi Chris, for your passport I’d just note down you had one but its lost. As to the problem with your Dad’s details I’d just put down unknown as you said and maybe include a letter to go with your application stating you don’t his details. They can hardly penalise you for not having the details.
Just a quick question, I received email on the 22nd August, 2014 (Friday) to say my visa would be despatched shortly. I chose to collect my passport myself instead of having it couriered. Do I need to wait for an email to advise me to collect my passport from the visa processing place?
Hi Sonia, you should get an email from the visa office saying its ready to be collected. If you don’t hear anything for a few days others have just arrived at the visa office to find their passport waiting for them. And yes you collect it from where you submitted the application.
Ive just submitted my visa application and I’ve gone to print out my application to take in for my biometric testing which I booked for the 10th of October but Ive just looked over the documents and have realised I have misspelt my last name by placing one incorrect letter in the wrong place. Stupid me for not checking but when you have a 14 letter last name……anyway!! what should I do? is there a number where I can contact to make the changes, is it a big deal it slightly wrong??
Hi Christine, just make an amendment to the application form you printed off. That is what is sent off for processing so changing that should be fine. If you are worried ask the staff at the biometric office first but in all instances thats what people have done to correct mistakes.
Thank you for all of the information on your website, which has been wonderfully helpful and comforting during this daunting process!
One question – when I attend the Biometric appointment, do I still need to physically post off all of my paperwork after that? The site hasn’t mentioned that as yet, and I thought that perhaps VFS took care of that or it was no longer required with the digital application etc these days.
Hi Matt, no need to post off anything now. You attend the biometric appointment and they take all your paperwork and post it off for you. The process changed in March this year when VFS took over.
I’m a kiwi that’s just applied and I’m super worried! My application was only received on Monday according to the courier but I got an email last night (Friday) of the same week saying “A decision has been made on your application and your documents are being returned to the Visa Application Centre”
This seems way too quick for an approved application don’t you think? The only things i can think of that they possibly would have had an issue with is that my passport was in my maiden name and my bank letter was in my married name but I included my original marriage certificate and a letter from the bank confirming the change of my name on their records. Also while the visa would allow for 2 years I’m only intending to stay for 1 year so I thought it would be fine to submit my passport that’s due to expire in Jan 2017 but maybe that’s not ok since the visa would allow for 2!
Getting really worried because I emailed them and they initially asked me for my application number and DOB but then replied “Regarding your enquiry, we do not have access to the decision, it is
private and confidential. You are the only one who will know as soon as you receive your passport and documents back. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check their eligibility and read full guidance before applying for a visa.”.
That does NOT sound good and my flight date is looming large on April 25th! please help!
Mine was super quick – I think a Friday and a Friday. Crossing fingers for you, I’m sure you’ll be OK!
Hi Jenny, my daughter recently applied and got the same email this morning did you have any news on your visa as yet? I am working in the UK and very anxious to have my daughter here for the next 2 yrs at least!
Hey guys, does anyone have information regarding the decision after receiving the email stating:
“A decision has been made on your application and your documents are being returned to the Visa Application Centre (VAC). You will be contacted again by the VAC once these documents have been received and they are ready for you to collect. If you have chosen to have your documents couriered to you, these will be despatched by the VAC once they have been received.”
Can anyone shed light on how this turned out?
I’M JUST A BIG BALL OF ANXIETY.
Thanks in advance. 🙂
Hi Sarah, in 99.9% of cases that means you have your visa and its on its way back to you. This is the default wording they send to everybody so no need to worry.
Hi Sarah, in our instance it was a positive outcome. My understanding is most people that have received this email have ended up with the visa. From memory it took about a week after we got that email. Hope that helps the anxiety.
I have finally applied (submitted the online application). And now have my appointment on the 20th May in Adelaide (costed $450 – ouch).
What do I need to take with me to the appointment other than the printed forms? Also do i need to get back of my photo signed by someone else, oh and do they want only 1 photo or 2? Lastly do I need to glue my photo to the application before post it off or just put it in the envelope and they take care of it?
Sorry about flooding you with lots of questions, Hopefully i will hear back from you soon.
THANKS IN ADVANCE ! 🙂
Hi Ozan, sorry to not get back to you in time but everything you needed to take with you is listed above in my article. The only slight difference is applying in Adelaide is different to the rest of Australia.
my daughter has her Bio apt TOMORROW in Melb, I read above they need a NHS ref number, they thought they didn’t need one, what can they do ? HELP
Thank you for all the great advice and also to all the other people that commented. It really was a stressful and heart in your mouth experience. I got my visa granted today (18 days total from biometrics appointment – to receiving stamped passport to my door). I found honesty and preparation are the key to success here. A bank letter to say you have the funds required – stamped and signed on official bank letterhead was fine, and I organised a police check statement from nsw police for my previous dui 10 years ago. You just need to get each required document then you complete the application process and then wait patiently. It’s felt painful, but really it wasn’t that hard!