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Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)

A working holiday visa allows young adults to have an extended holiday in Australia and work to fund it for a period of up to 12 months per visa. Up to three visas may be granted, provided work eligibility criteria are met.

What can you do with a Working Holiday Visa?

  • Work for a short-term period in Australia to pay for your holiday here
  • Work for up to 6 months for the same employer
  • Study for up to 4 months
  • Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want
  • Do 3 months of specified (rural) work on your first Working Holiday Visa
  • Do 6 months of specified (rural) work on your second Working Holiday Visa
  • You cannot include family members or dependent children on your application

Key Eligibility Criteria

  • Be citizen of and hold an eligible passport from an eligible country/jurisdiction
  • Be 18 to 30 years of age (inclusive) at time of application
    • OR be 18 to 35 years of age if you are a Canadian, French or Irish citizen
  • Have enough funds to support your stay in and travel out of Australia
  • Have completed 3 months of specified work to apply for a second Working Holiday Visa
  • Have completed 6 months of specified work to apply for a third Working Holiday Visa
  • Meet health and character requirements
  • Acknowledge and adhere to the Australian Values Statement

Working Holiday Visa Application Process

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Organise health exams
  3. Inform the Department of Home Affairs if you are planning to engage the services of a registered migration agent to help you apply for the visa
  4. Gather your identity documents, character documents and proof of sufficient funds
  5. Apply online and outside of Australia (for your first Working Holiday Visa), and inside Australia for subsequent visas
  6. Pay the application fee
  7. Wait for outcome (approximately 9-15 days)
  8. Be notified of outcome

Eligible Passports for the Subclass 417 Visa

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • The Netherlands
  • Ireland
  • UK
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Malta
  • Hong Kong
  • South Korea
  • Cyprus
  • Taiwan

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