Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) & Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)

Working Holiday Visas Overview

Overview

Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa is a temporary visa which allows eligible passport holder to work in Australia with primary purpose to fund the visa holder's extended holiday in Australia.

The following are Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa eligible passport with associated conditions and age requirement applicable at the time of lodging visa application:
ItemCountry / Region / JurisdictiomConditionsAge Range
1BelgiumPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Belgium.18 - 30(inclusive)
2CanadaPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Canada.18 - 35(inclusive)
3CyprusPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Cyprus.18 - 30(inclusive)
4DenmarkPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Denmark.18 - 30(inclusive)
5EstoniaPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Estonia.18 - 30(inclusive)
6FinlandPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Finland.18 - 30(inclusive)
7FrancePassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of France.18 - 35(inclusive)
8GermanyPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Germany.18 - 30(inclusive)
9Hong Kong - Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of ChinaNo condition: The applicant can be a British Overseas passport holder.18 - 30(inclusive)
10Republic of IrelandPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of the Republic of Ireland.18 - 35(inclusive)
11ItalyPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Italy.18 - 30(inclusive)
12JapanPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Japan.18 - 30(inclusive)
13MaltaPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Malta.18 - 30(inclusive)
14NetherlandsPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Netherlands.18 - 30(inclusive)
15NorwayPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Norway.18 - 30(inclusive)
16Republic of KoreaPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of the Republic of Korea.18 - 30(inclusive)
17SwedenPassport must indicate that the applicant is a national of Sweden.18 - 30(inclusive)
18TaiwanPassport must not purport to be an official or diplomatic passport.18 - 30(inclusive)
19The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandPassport must indicate that the applicant’s nationality is British Citizen or British National (Overseas).18 - 30(inclusive)
Please note: Visa can still be granted to applicant who exceeded the age of 30 or 35 while waiting for application decision as long as the visa application was lodged before, or on the day the applicant turned 30 or 35 years old.

Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa holder can...

  • apply for second Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa, if the visa holder has completed 3 months of specified work in regional Australia as a holder of first Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa.
  • apply for third Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa, if the visa holder has completed 6 months of specified work in regional Australia as a holder of second Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa, or a bridging visa that was granted on the basis of the application for the second Subclass 417 visa (application which was submitted at the time of holding first Subclass 417 visa).

Stay Period

Stay period varies depending on whether the applicant is in or outside Australia at the time of visa grant and whether the applicant holds a Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa at the time of visa application. Generally up to 12 months from first entry to Australia for applicant that is outside Australia at the time of visa grant.

Stay Longer

Visa holder has to apply for a new visa to extend the visa holder's stay in Australia.

Unless exceptional circumstances exist, Subclass 417 visa holder can apply for a Subclass 600 Visitor visa onshore in Australia only if the Visitor visa granted would not result in the visa holder's stay in Australia for more than 12 consecutive months as a holder of one or a combination of the following visas:
  • All types of Visitor visas;
  • Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa;
  • Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa;
  • Bridging visa.
Exceptional circumstances include but not limited to any of the following:
  • the death, serious illness or serious medical condition of a member of the visa holder’s close family in Australia, in circumstances where the visa holder is required to stay in Australia to provide assistance or support;
  • a change in the visa holder’s circumstances (or the circumstances of an Australian resident) that:
    • could not have been anticipated at the time of visa grant; and
    • is beyond the visa holder’s control; and
  • where not having the Subclass 600 Visitor visa would cause significant hardship to an Australian resident or citizen.

Apply from...

  • For first Working Holiday visa applicant who is not, and has not previously been, in Australia as the holder of a Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa:
  • The applicant must be outside Australia, to apply for this visa and to be granted first Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa.
  • For second or third Working Holiday visa applicant who is, or has previously been, in Australia as the holder of a Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa:
  • The applicant may be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply for the second or third Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa. However, the applicant must be either:
    • in Australia to be granted this visa, if the applicant is in Australia at the time of submitting the second or third Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa application; or
    • outside Australia to be granted this visa, if the applicant is outside Australia at the time of submitting the second or third Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa application.

Overview

Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa is a temporary visa which allows eligible passport holder to work in Australia with primary purpose to fund the visa holder's extended holiday in Australia.

Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa applicant must have at least functional English at the time of visa application.

The following are Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa eligible passport with associated education requirements and age requirement applicable at the time of lodging visa application:
ItemCountry / Region / JurisdictiomEducation RequirementsLetter of SupportAge Range
1Argentina
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Not Required18 - 30(inclusive)
2Austria
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Not Required18 - 30(inclusive)
3Chile
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • satisfactory completion, or has been approved to undertake 3rd year of undergraduate university study.
Not Required18 - 30(inclusive)
4China, People’s Republic of
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Not Required18 - 30(inclusive)
5Czech Republic
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required. Letter of Support in the form of letter of introduction from tertiary education institution will suffice.18 - 30(inclusive)
6Ecuador
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
7Greece
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
8Hungary
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
9Indonesia
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
10Israel
  • hold a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education and has either:
  • completed military service; or
  • legal exemption from completing military service.
Not Required18 - 30(inclusive)
11Luxembourg
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
12Malaysia
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required. Letter of Support in the form of Certificate of Good Conduct (CGC) will suffice.18 - 30(inclusive)
13Peru
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
14Poland
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
15Portugal
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Not Required18 - 30(inclusive)
16San Marino
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
17Singapore
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Not Required18 - 30(inclusive)
18Slovak Republic
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • satisfactory completion of at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
19Slovenia
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
20Spain
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • satisfactory completion of at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Not Required18 - 30(inclusive)
21Thailand
  • has a diploma; or
  • has a degree.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
22Turkey
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • satisfactory completion of at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
23United States of America
  • hold a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or equivalent.
Not Required18 - 30(inclusive)
24Uruguay
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
25Vietnam
  • has a tertiary qualification; or
  • has completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study.
Required18 - 30(inclusive)
Please note: Visa can still be granted to applicant who exceeded the age of 30 while waiting for application decision as long as the visa application was lodged before, or on the day the applicant turned 30 years old.

Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa holder can...

  • apply for second Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa, if the visa holder has completed 3 months of specified Subclass 462 work as a holder of first Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa.
  • apply for third Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa, if the visa holder has completed 6 months of specified Subclass 462 work as a holder of second Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa, or a bridging visa that was granted on the basis of the application for the second Subclass 462 visa (application which was submitted at the time of holding first Subclass 462 visa).

Stay Period

Stay period varies depending on whether the applicant is in or outside Australia at the time of visa grant and whether the applicant holds a Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa at the time of visa application. Generally up to 12 months from first entry to Australia for applicant that is outside Australia at the time of visa grant.

Stay Longer

Visa holder has to apply for a new visa to extend the visa holder's stay in Australia.

Unless exceptional circumstances exist, Subclass 462 visa holder can apply for a Subclass 600 Visitor visa onshore in Australia only if the Visitor visa granted would not result in the visa holder's stay in Australia for more than 12 consecutive months as a holder of one or a combination of the following visas:
  • All types of Visitor visas;
  • Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa;
  • Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa;
  • Bridging visa.
Exceptional circumstances include but not limited to any of the following:
  • the death, serious illness or serious medical condition of a member of the visa holder’s close family in Australia, in circumstances where the visa holder is required to stay in Australia to provide assistance or support;
  • a change in the visa holder’s circumstances (or the circumstances of an Australian resident) that:
    • could not have been anticipated at the time of visa grant; and
    • is beyond the visa holder’s control; and
  • where not having the Subclass 600 Visitor visa would cause significant hardship to an Australian resident or citizen.

Apply from...

  • For first Work and Holiday visa applicant who is not, and has not previously been, in Australia as the holder of a Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa:
  • The applicant must be outside Australia, to apply for this visa and to be granted first Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa.
  • For second or third Work and Holiday visa applicant who is, or has previously been, in Australia as the holder of a Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa:
  • The applicant may be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, to apply for the second or third Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa. However, the applicant must be either:
    • in Australia to be granted this visa, if the applicant is in Australia at the time of submitting the second or third Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa application; or
    • outside Australia to be granted this visa, if the applicant is outside Australia at the time of submitting the second or third Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa application.

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