A Working Holiday visa Australia is designed for applicants who are seeking to travel to Australia for a holiday for an extended period, with the option to work to help fund your trip (subject to limitations in certain circumstances). Apart from the opportunity to holiday in Australia and experience life as a local, a Work and Holiday visa Australia can also be a great option if you are looking at potentially settling in Australia for the longer-term. The fact that you can spend up to three years in Australia as a Working Holiday visa Australia holder means more opportunities to potentially qualify for a temporary or permanent Skilled visa later down the track. Or, you may even form a relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident, eventually leading to a de-facto or married relationship, making you eligible for a Partner visa, for example. One of the key advantages of a Working Holiday visa Australia is the time it enables you to spend in Australia, thereby creating potential opportunities for your future visa pathway in Australia. But it is important to keep in mind that one eligibility criterion that you need to satisfy in order to qualify for a Work and Holiday visa Australia is that you must have an intention to remain in Australia as a genuine visitor, with your primary purpose being to have a holiday in Australia.
There are two types of Working Holiday visa Australia available, being the Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa and Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa. Your country of citizenship/passport will determine which working holiday visa Australia subclass you may be eligible for. The main difference between these two visa subclasses is that the working holiday visa Australia 462 is generally subject to caps on the number of visas granted each migration program year. It is also subject to additional eligibility requirements.
You can also study on a limited basis as a subclass 417 Working Holiday visa Australia or subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa Australia holder.
In this article, we take a closer look at some of the key features of the Working Holiday visa Australia 417 and Working Holiday visa Australia 462, including what you can do in Australia as a Working Holiday visa Australia holder and whether you can study in Australia on a subclass 417 Working Holiday visa Australia or subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa Australia, and provide links to further information about the Working Holiday visa Australia.
Key Features Of A Working Holiday Visa Australia
A Working Holiday visa Australia 417 or Working Holiday visa Australia 462 gives you a variety of options in terms of what you can do in Australia. You can travel around the country, to explore the vast landscapes and unique experiences that are on offer across the nation.
You can also perform any kind of work, but keep in mind that you can only work for any one employer for a maximum period of six months in most cases (there are exceptions). And you can travel to and from Australia on an unrestricted basis over the Working Holiday visa Australia term. Be mindful that under current arrangements, Working Holiday Makers may continue to work for the same employer for more than six months without requesting permission until 31 December 2022. This arrangement will be reviewed by the Government in due course.
Can You Study In Australia As a Working Holiday Visa Australia Holder?
As a Working Holiday visa Australia holder, you are permitted to undertake study or training for up to four months on each Working Holiday visa Australia that you hold (that is, up to four months (17 weeks) study in the first year, another four months during the term of your second year Working Holiday visa Australia and an additional four months on your third Working Holiday visa Australia). This essentially means up to 12 months study in total is permitted as a Working Holiday visa Australia holder over the term of three Working Holiday visa Australia. Although study is permitted on a working holiday visa Australia 417 or working holiday visa Australia 462, it must be incidental to the principal purpose (being to spend a holiday in Australia) and not your primary intention in seeking to visit Australia. If your primary purpose is to engage in study in Australia, a Student Visa would be a more appropriate option for you to consider applying for.
What If Your Primary Purpose Is To Study In Australia?
A Student Visa is designed specifically for applicants intending to study in Australia as their primary purpose. A Student visa is a temporary visa that can be granted for up to a maximum period of five years (the actual visa term will depend on the duration of the course/s selected). You can choose from a wide range of courses and subject areas from several course providers and education sectors including vocational, higher education and postgraduate research, as well as non-award and English courses. The student visa programme is also open to school-age children. You can also package two or more courses on a single student visa where there is a progression from one course to another.
Eligible family members can accompany you to Australia as visa dependents. They can apply either by making a combined application with you, or later apply separately as subsequent applicants once you already hold a Student Visa.
As a Student Visa holder, you can work on a restricted basis, with up to 40 hours per fortnight permitted once the course commences (this limitation does not apply when the course is out of session, e.g. during scheduled course breaks). If the course of study is a Masters by Research or a Doctorate course, you may work unlimited hours once your course has commenced. Work that is a registered component of the course is not subject to the work limitation.
Note that this work limitation has temporarily been relaxed until 30 June 2023. Until 30 June 2023, all ongoing students as well as new student arrivals and secondary applicants are able to work more than 40 hours a fortnight in any sector of the economy and work before their course of study commences.
You can also travel to and from Australia on an unrestricted basis during the term of your Student Visa.
So How Does A Working Holiday Visa Australia Work?
As a Working Holiday visa Australia holder, you can spend an initial 12 month period in Australia (from your date of entry), and have the option to subsequently apply for a second, and later a third year working holiday visa, subject to satisfying immigration requirements. You could therefore have the option to stay in Australia for a total period of three years as a working holiday visa holder.
The main requirement to qualify for a second or third year working holiday visa is that you must have completed ‘specified subclass 417 work’ or ‘specified subclass 462 work,’ depending on the visa subclass that you are applying for.
It is important to point out that you cannot include family members in your Working Holiday visa Australia visa application. This means that you cannot be accompanied by dependent children whilst you are in Australia on this visa. If family members wish to travel to Australia, they must separately apply for a visa (provided that they are eligible).
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In conclusion, we note that the above discussion provides an overview of the Working Holiday visa Australia, with the key features of the Working Holiday visa Australia 462 and Working Holiday visa Australia 417 and whether you can study in Australia on a Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa Australia or Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa Australia. We also provide links to further information so that you can learn more about the Working Holiday visa Australia 462 and Working Holiday visa Australia 417.
Australia’s migration laws are complex, and each case is different. There are also several terms which are defined in the migration provisions (and whose meanings may differ from their ordinary usage). We recommend that you seek professional advice if you are interested in a Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa Australia or Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa Australia, as being fully informed about the process and requirements that apply will give you the best chance of achieving a successful outcome on your application, and thus lessen the chance that it will be refused. A migration professional can help you to do this.
For up to date advice on a Working Holiday visa Australia 462 or Working Holiday visa Australia 417 and how you can apply, book your confidential consultation with a migration agent in Adelaide. PAX Migration Australia is a leading immigration advice service based in Adelaide.
Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs – Immigration and citizenship – Visas – Getting a visa – List of all visas – Student visa (subclass 500) – Unrestricted work rights for student visa holders to end on 30 June 2023