A Working Holiday in Australia is a great experience and offers the chance to really live the Australian lifestyle!
The Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program was created to foster closer ties and cultural exchange between Australia and partner countries, with emphasis on young adults. It has been in existence since 1975.This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – except for Canadian and Irish citizens up to 35 (inclusive) – to apply for a working holiday in Australia.
The WHM visa program is comprised of the Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa and the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa programs. Partner countries encompass 42 partner nations and regions from across the globe.
Of the 42 partner countries, 19 are Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa arrangements, and 23 are Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangements. The key differences between the two visas are that Work and Holiday visa arrangements generally have caps on the number of visas granted annually and additional eligibility requirements.
The Working Holiday visa allows you to:
Work and Holiday visa applicants must meet additional requirements, which may (or may not) include:
|Country||Working Holiday (subclass 417)||Work and Holiday (subclass 462)|
|Cyprus, Republic of||X|
|Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
(including British National Overseas passport holders)
|Ireland, Republic of||X|
|Korea, Republic of||X|
Countries with which Australia is currently negotiating new Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangements (as at 30 June 2018) :
The updated processing times are available on http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/processing-times
To apply for a second Working Holiday, you must:
If you are already in Australia, and wish to remain onshore, you should apply for a second Working Holiday visa before your first Working Holiday visa expires.
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