Working Holiday Visa

The Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) is a temporary visa for people aged 18-30 (inclusive) who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year, except for Canadian, French and Irish citizens who can be aged 18-35 (inclusive).  It is expected that the age limit for the United Kindgom will also increase to 35 years in 2022. The visa is designed as a temporary visa to encourage cultural exchange between Australia and eligible countries.  Although this is the primary purpose, many working holiday visa holders enjoy their time in Australia and seek further opportunities to stay. Further detail is outlined below:

Eligible Countries

To apply for Working Holiday Visa subclass 417, you must hold a valid passport from a country involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia. Eligible countries are:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom.

Note there are some additional requirements for each individual country and some countries have limited number of visas available under the program each financial year.

Second Year – Working Holiday

It is possible to attain a second subclass 417 visa for a further 1 year period if you:

  • have complied with all the conditions on your first Working Holiday;
  • have not previously held more than one Working Holiday visa;
  • have completed three months of specified work in regional Australia while on your first Working Holiday visa; and
  • have not yet turned 31 years of age.

 Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462)

A separate program but similar to the working holiday visa the subclass 462 visa is available for applicants aged 18-30 years from the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Chile
  • China, People’s Republic of
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • USA
  • Uruguay
  • Vietnam

Additional criteria for each country applies and a second year can also be attained for completing specified work in designated area north Australia.

Third Year – Working Holiday

From 1 July 2019, subclass 417 visa holders who carry out 6 months of specified work in regional areas while on their second subclass 417 or 462 visa may be eligible to apply for a third visa. Eligible types of work and regional areas will correspond with the requirements for the second visa.

Note: The 6 months work must all be carried out on or after 1 July 2019.

If you hold a subclass 417 or 462 visa and looking to remain in Australia, please contact us. We have assisted many applicants transfer to various visas including:

If you believe you qualify for any of the above visas and want some further information and assistance, please contact us via our online enquiry form.

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