Working Holiday Visa for Australia

Are you dreaming of spending lazy days on a beach? Or walking around the Outback? Or seeing crocodiles in Kakadu? Then you must be thinking of a working holiday in Australia.

Australia Working Holiday Visas are very popular. Each year thousands of new working holiday makers descend on Australia’s shores. There are two visas available that allow you to work and travel in Australia.

The Working Holiday Program

Australia has a Working Holiday Programme that allows citizens of other countries who are aged between 18 and 30 years of age to come to Australia to travel and work for up to 12 months. If you work in Australia’s regional areas, in certain circumstances you may be able to extend your stay for an additional 12 months. There are two visas available under the programme and they are the Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) and the Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462).

If you intend to participate in Australia’s Working Holiday Maker programme, you must apply for your visa before you arrive. These types of visas allow you to stay and work full-time, part-time, casual, shift and voluntary work for up to 12 months. You can leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid.

Two types of Visa

Apply for the Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) if you are from:
• Argentina
• Bangladesh
• Chile
• Indonesia
• Malaysia
• Poland
• Turkey
• Thailand
• Uruguay
• USA

Apply for the Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417) if you are from:
• United Kingdom
• Canada
• Belgium
• Denmark
• Estonia
• Finland
• France
• Germany
• Hong Kong
• Italy
• Japan
• Malta
• Netherlands
• Norway
• Republic of Ireland
• Republic of Cyprus
• Republic of Korea
• Sweden
• Taiwan

The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection manages all visa applications (Tourist Visa, Student Visa, Business Visa, etc). Their website will tell you everything you need to know about the various visas to enter Australia including types of visas, your eligibility and obligations and how to apply: www.border.gov.au

 

About the Author:

Sharyn McCullum spent a number of years living, working and playing around the world including Australia. She currently calls Melbourne home.

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