Subclass 462 – Work and Holiday Visa

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Subclass 462 - Work and Holiday Visa

This visa enables eligible young passport holders to holiday and work in Australia. 

There are three types of Work and Holiday Visa including:

  • First Work and Holiday Visa - The first visa enables people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) have an extended holiday in Australia.
  • Second Work and Holiday Visa -The second visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) who hold, or held the first Work and Holiday visa, have a second working holiday in Australia.
  • Third Work and Holiday Visa -The second visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) who hold, or held the second Work and Holiday visa, have a third working holiday in Australia.

Benefits of Visa Include:

Work Rights in Australia

Study up to 4 Months

Eligible for Second WHV after 3 months of specified work

Work and Holiday Visa Eligibility

To be eligible for an Subclass 462 visa, you must: 

  • Have an eligible passport
  • You must be aged 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) 
  • You must not have previously entered Australia on a:

    • Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)
    • Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)
  • Meet the education requirement.
  • Have at least functional English.
  • Have adequate financials
  • Have a letter of support
  • Meet health and character requirement

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

  • You must be 18 to 30 years old
  • Have an eligible passport
  • You must:
    • hold or previously held one Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)
    • 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 Work and Holiday visa
  • You must have completed three months of specified subclass 462 work.
  • You must have enough money to:
    • support yourself while you are in Australia
    • leave Australia at the end of your stay
    Meet the education requirement.
  • Meet health and character requirement

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 held one Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)
    • 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 Work and Holiday visa
  • You must have completed six months of specified subclass 462 work.
    • support yourself while you are in Australia
    • leave Australia at the end of your stay
  • You must have enough money to:

    • support yourself while you are in Australia
    • leave Australia at the end of your stay
  • Meet health and character requirement

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

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Chile
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam

Summary of cost estimates
for your application

The application is AUD 495.

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    FAQ

    We are happy to answer
    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?

    he following industries and areas are approved for specified work:

    • tourism and hospitality in northern or remote and very remote Australia
    • plant and animal cultivation in northern Australia and other specified areas of regional Australia
    • fishing and pearling in northern Australia only
    • tree farming and felling in northern Australia only
    • construction in northern Australia and other specified areas of regional Australia
    • bushfire recovery work in declared bushfire affected areas only, after 31 July 2019
    • critical COVID-19 work in the healthcare and medical sectors anywhere in Australia, after 31 January 2020
    Is there a limit to how many WHM the Department can grant?

    Every program year, the Department will only grant a limited number of first Work and Holiday visas to applicants from each eligible country except the United States of America. Once this annual limit or ‘cap’ is reached, the Department will not grant any more visas. 

    Processing Times for Subclass 462

    75% of applications are processed in 10 Months
    90% of applications are processed in 20 Months

    0%
    10 Months
    0%
    20 Months

    Tourist visa during COVID times

    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, eligible current and former WHMs in Australia can apply for a WHM visa with nil VAC.

    462 VISA TO BE OPEN FOR YOUNG INDIAN CITIZENS 

    The Australia-India Economic Bilateral Agreement (AI ECTA) signed on 2 April 2022 will now open Australia to 1,000 young Indian citizens per year to work and holiday in Australia

    Within two years, Australia will put in place arrangements to allow eligible Indian citizens aged between 18 and 30 to apply for a Work and Holiday visa to visit Australia for one year and undertake short-term work and study while holidaying.  

    462 PROCESSING TIME

    Applications which had been on-hand while Australia’s borders were closed are now being finalised. As these older applications are being finalised, published processing times have increased. Applications lodged recently are being finalised quickly. 75 per cent of applications lodged since 1 November 2021 that were finalised before 28 February 2022 were finalised in 70 days.

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