Skilled workers, who are nominated by their employer, can live and work in Australia on the 417 Visa TZ Application. In this article, we will explain how the Australian working holiday visa scheme works, who is eligible, which jobs you can apply for, how much it costs, and whether it is possible to remain longer once your visa expires.
For many people between the ages of 18 and 30, travelling to Australia for a working holiday is a right of passage. The working holiday visa scheme is specifically intended for young adults from certain eligible countries who want to have an extended holiday and work to fund their trip. If being able to live and work freely in Australia while enjoying all that it has to offer sounds enticing, this article is for you. In this article, we will explain how the Australian working holiday visa scheme works, who is eligible, which jobs you can apply for, how much it costs, and whether it is possible to remain longer once your visa expires.
Working holiday visa (also referred to as a subclass 417 visa) holders can do short-term work while in Australia. This work can be of any type, however, in most circumstances, a time limitation of six months for each job applies, except if the work is:
If you know you are likely to want to apply for a second 417 visa (you can apply for three) after the first 12 months, you must work in specified regions and sectors, including:
For more details on the specific types of work you can do to be eligible for a second 417 visa, take a look at the Department of Home Affairs website.
The Department of Home Affairs does not specify an exact number of hours you can work on a 417 visa, however, they do stress that the hours you work must be in alignment with labour laws and standard practice for the profession; “You should agree with your employer the number of working hours before you start work. One single day of work is considered to be the normal number of hours per day or shift that is considered standard practice in the industry and role in which you are employed”.
If you have applied for a 417 visa, you should wait for the outcome before you travel to Australia. You will have 12 months to enter from the date your visa is granted. The Department of Home Affairs guidance states, “Before you travel..you must have: a valid Working Holiday visa to enter Australia - you do not need a separate visa to enter Australia and a valid passport or other travel document”.
The 462 visa is also for those between 18 and 30 years who wish to holiday and work in Australia. The 417 visa is for those who hold a passport from the following countries:
The 462 visa is for those with the following passports:
Beyond the variation in eligible countries, the main difference is that the 462 visa has an education requirement (the 417 visa does not). The 462 visa eligibility rules state that applicants from the following countries must have a degree, tertiary certificate, or diploma; Argentina, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Peru, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
Another difference is that the 462 visa requires a letter of support where applicants are from certain countries (Ecuador, Greece, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Malaysia (Good Conduct Certificate), Peru, Poland, San Marino, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, and Uruguay)
In addition, the 462 visa has a requirement to speak ‘functional English’.
Unfortunately, the 417 first working holiday visa cannot be extended. Visa holders need to apply for a new visa if they wish to stay longer. One option is to apply for a second Working Holiday visa if you are eligible (as discussed above).
For the first and second working holiday visa (subclass 417), 75% of applications are processed within 85 days and 90% within five months. Third working holiday visas can take longer than 85 days to process. If you are already in Australia, you will be able to secure a bridging visa to cover the time between one visa and another.
The cost of a 417 working holiday visa is AUD$450 whether you are applying for the first, second, or third working holiday.
You can stay longer in Australia once your working holiday visa expires, either by applying for a different type of visa (e.g. a family, study, or work visa) or by applying for a second or third 417 visa if you are eligible. We recommend speaking to an immigration lawyer who can advise you on your options before your current visa expires.
Unfortunately, because the 417 visa is classed as a visitor visa, it does not provide a direct pathway to permanent residency. If this is your intention, you will need to switch to a visa that will allow you to secure permanent residency (e.g. a work or family visa).
While it is not possible to apply for citizenship as a working holiday visa holder, the time spent in Australia can be used towards the time required to secure this status. To secure citizenship in Australia, applicants must have lived in Australia on a valid visa for the past four years, have been a permanent resident in the 12 months prior to applying, and away from Australia for no more than 12 months in total in the four year period and no more than 90 days in total in the previous 12 months.
The 417 working holiday visa scheme offers an exciting and valuable opportunity for young people between 18 and 30 to travel and work in Australia. While it cannot be extended, there are several ways to stay longer in Australia by applying for a new visa before your existing status expires.
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