Subclass 417 – Working Holiday Visa

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Subclass 417 - Working Holiday Visa

This visa enables eligible young passport holders (18 to 30 years old; or 35 years old for some countries) to work and holiday in Australia.

How do Subclass 417 and 462 visas differ?

  1. 462 visa applicants need to meet the educational requirement whereas 417 visas do not.
  2. 462 requires a letter of support from your home country’s government
  3. 462 requires proof that you have functional English, while Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa does not require you to show functional English
  4. For the second year of the 462, the applicant must have completed 3 months of the specified subclass. Similarly, for the second year of 417 programs, the applicant only needs to undertake 3 months of specified work.

Benefits of Visa Include:

Work Rights in Australia

Study up to 4 Months

Eligible for Second WHV after 3 months of specified work

Working Holiday Visa Eligibility

To be eligible for a First Working Holiday visa, you must: 

  • Have an eligible passport;
  • You must be of the right age (read below);
  • Have adequate financials;
  • Meet health and character requirements; and
  • Not have had a visa cancelled, or a previous application refused

To be eligible for a Second Working Holiday visa, you must: 

  • Have an eligible passport;
  • You must:
    • hold or previously have held one Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)
    • if in Australia, hold a substantive visa, or your last substantive visa expired less than 28 days ago
    • have entered Australia on the visa
    • have complied with all the conditions on your first Working Holiday visa
  • You must be of the right age (read below);
  • must have completed three months of specified 417 visa work;
  • Have adequate financials;
  • Meet health and character requirements; and
  • Not have had a visa cancelled, or a previous application refused

To be eligible for a third Work and Holiday visa, you must: 

  • You must be 18 to 30 years old
  • Have an eligible passport
  • You must:
    • hold or previously have held second Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) or a bridging visa that came into effect when your second Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa expired
    • if in Australia, hold a substantive visa or your last substantive visa expired less than 28 days ago
    • have complied with all the conditions on your second Working Holiday visa
  • You must have completed six months of specified 417 work.
  • You must have enough financials to support yourself while you are in Australia
  • You must have enough money to:
    • support yourself while you are in Australia
  • Meet health and character requirements
     

Summary of cost estimates
for your application

The application is AUD 495.

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    FAQ

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    any queries you may have

    What is specified work?

    Specified work is work that is undertaken in a ‘specified’ industry and in a specified area of Australia.

    What if I am 31 by the time the visa is to be granted?

    If you apply for the visa while you are 30, but turn 31 before we have made a decision, the Department can still grant you the visa.

    What are the approved industries for specified work?

    The following industries and areas are approved for specified work:

    • tourism and hospitality in northern or remote and very remote Australia, from 22 June 2021
    • plant and animal cultivation in regional Australia
    • fishing and pearling in regional Australia
    • tree farming and felling in regional Australia
    • mining in regional Australia
    • construction in regional Australia
    • bushfire recovery work in declared bushfire affected areas only, after 31 July 2019
    • flood recovery work in declared flood recovery areas only, undertaken on or after 1 January 2022, for applications lodged on or after 1 July 2022
    • critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors anywhere in Australia, after 31 January 2020
    What are the eligible passport for a WHM Visa?

    You must be a citizen of and hold a valid passport from one of these countries/jurisdictions:

    • Belgium
    • Canada
    • Republic of Cyprus
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)
    • Republic of Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Republic of Korea
    • Malta
    • Netherlands
    • Norway
    • Sweden
    • Taiwan (other than an official or diplomatic passport)
    • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    How old should I be to be granted this visa?

    You must be the below age to be granted this visa: 

    • Belgium – 18 to 30 years
    • Canada – 18 to 35 years
    • Republic of Cyprus – 18 to 30 years
    • Denmark – 18 to 30 years
    • Estonia – 18 to 30 years
    • Finland – 18 to 30 years
    • France – 18 to 35 years
    • Germany – 18 to 30 years
    • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders) – 18 to 30 years
    • Republic of Ireland – 18 to 35 years
    • Italy – 18 to 30 years
    • Japan – 18 to 30 years
    • Republic of Korea – 18 to 30 years
    • Malta – 18 to 30 years
    • Netherlands – 18 to 30 years
    • Norway – 18 to 30 years
    • Sweden – 18 to 30 years
    • Taiwan (other than an official or diplomatic passport) – 18 to 30 years
    • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – 18 to 30 years

    Processing Times for Subclass 417

    75% of applications are processed in 17 Days
    90% of applications are processed in 4 Months

    0%
    17 Days
    0%
    4 Months

    COVID Concessions for Work and Holiday Visa

    CAP INCREASE FOR 2022-23 YEAR

    For 2022-23 only, there will be a 30 per cent cap increase to the number of places available to working holiday makers from countries with which Australia has a capped Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement. This one-off cap increase will commence from 1 July 2022.

    WORKING IN ALL ECONOMY  SECTORS

    From 19 January 2022, WHMs working in any sector anywhere in Australia may continue to work for the same employer or organisation for longer than six months without requesting permission. This arrangement will be in place until 31 December 2022 when it will be reviewed by the Government.

    REFUNDS

    Between 19 January 2022 and 19 April 2022, Working Holiday Maker (WHM) (subclasses 417 and 462) visa holders who arrive in Australia can apply for a refund of the visa application charge (VAC). From 5 March 2022 to 31 December 2022, eligible current and former WHMs in Australia can apply for a WHM visa with nil VAC. 

     

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