Working Holiday Visa
This is an awesome opportunity to work in Australia as an independent backpacker and traveller. As of January 1st 2017 you have to not older than 35 years old to apply for the Working Holiday Visa (previously 30).
Great to see an increase in the age limit. So if you are 35 or younger; do it now while you have the chance.
So, the visa you will need to apply for is the Working Holiday Visa subclass 417. This will allow you to work here for around 1 year.
It’s a temporary visa designed to promote cultural changes between Australia and other supported countries.
Another bit of good news is from January 1st 2017 the fee for the visa will be reduced by $50 from $440AUD to just $390. Great news and travellers win on that front. Every dollar is another dollar you can spend travelling.
If you are coming from the US, you will have to apply for the Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462), and some conditions will apply here. You can find more at www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462-
If you are doing your first Working Holiday Visa, then you need to be outside Australia when you apply for the visa; the same goes for when the visa results come in.
In case it’s the second time you apply, you can do so in or outside Australia. I talk about this and more in my eBook.
Previously, Working Holiday Visa grants you permission to work up to 6 months with a single employer.
However as some more good news here is again from January 1st 2017 a working holiday visa holder may work for the same employer for 12 months, provided the second 6 months is worked at a different premises, in a different region.
To apply for the Working Holiday Visa, you must hold a valid passport from a country involved in the Working Holiday Program with Australia. Eligible countries are:
- Republic of Cyprus
- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)
- Republic of Ireland
- Republic of Korea
- United Kingdom.
- USA (Please note that US visitors are required to apply for a Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) – similar conditions applied)