Work and Holiday Visa application procedures for specific countries

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There are two different types of working holiday visas to Australia. They are:

  • The Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417)
  • The Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462)

The one which is appropriate for you depends on the country of your passport. This article explains the information for the Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) Visa, including information about how you can get the process started.

What is the Work and Holiday Visa?

The Australian government has agreements with a number of countries that allows young people to obtain a visa which allows them to spend 12 months living, working and having a holiday in Australia. This visa is a great way for young people to experience Australia on a budget.

How do I know which one I am eligible for?

To be eligible for the 462 Visa you must hold a passport from one of the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Chile
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay
  • Poland

It is expected that Spain and Greece will be added soon also. People with Spain and Greece passports can’t apply yet, but should be able to soon. Keep an eye on our Blog and website for updates.

For USA passport holders, you are actually eligible for the Work and Holiday (462) Visa, but because you can apply online the process for you is almost the same as for the Working Holiday 417. You can get started here.

Could I be eligible for the Working Holiday (417) Instead?

If you have one of these passports you may be eligible for the Working Holiday Visa (417). If you are eligible for the 417, I recommend you apply for that as it is more beneficial, faster and easier to obtain. You can check your eligibility for the 417 Visa here.

What are the requirements?

There are a number of eligibility criteria for the 462 Visa. These include:

  • Be aged between 18 and 30 (inclusive)
  • That you have completed a particular amount of tertiary level education;
  • That you have ‘functional’ English language ability;
  • Financial requirements;
  • That you have a letter of support from your home country’s government.

How to apply:

If you are from one of the countries listed above you must make a ‘paper’ or ‘hard copy’ application. You can’t apply for this visa online. However you can purchase our Visa Information Pack online. This will provide you all the details you need to prepare and lodge a successful visa application.

What else do I need to know?

Timing the lodgement of your application is critical.

For the countries listed above there is a ‘cap’ (limit) on the number of Work and Holiday visas which can be granted in any one year. Once the cap is reached no more visas can be granted for that program year. A ‘program year’ is from July 1st until June 30th.

Understanding exactly how and when to apply is critical to the success of your Work and Holiday Visa. Our Visa Information Pack service explains exactly what you need to know for your country.

How to get started:

Getting started is really simple. You could be on your way to understanding how to apply within 5 minutes.

You could get the process started immediately by taking an online assessment for the Work and Holiday Visa here.

If you would like to watch a short YouTube demonstration about how to get started you could do so here.

I look forward to being able to help you with your visa situation in future. Finding reliable, professional visa help can be very challenging. If you have found this article helpful, please take a moment to ‘share’ it using the icon visible on the left hand side of this page.

Simon Delmo
Senior Migration Advisor
MARN 1066328

Editors note: Updated 5 September 2014

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Simon Delmo

Migration Advisor at National Visas
Simon has been involved in the Australian migration industry since 2005. He is formerly of the Australian Department of Immigration and is now the Senior Migration Agent at National Visas.

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