On 1 July 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced positive changes to the Working Holiday Visa (417). This visa allows people from certain countries to come and stay in Australia for one year, with the option to extend their stays again on this visa for another year.
Previously, the age limit was 30. It is now being increased for certain countries (unknown as yet), to 35.
The other standard requirements will remain in place. As an overview, these include:
- Have not previously entered Australia on a 462 Visa.
- Are a genuine Visitor
- Not be accompanied by any of your dependent children
- Have enough funds (around $5,000 will suffice)
- Are at least 18, but younger than 31
- Have a passport from one of the specified countries
To obtain the second working holiday visa (the extension), you need to complete three months of specified work while on your first working holiday visa. You also need to continue to comply with your visa conditions (such as the 6 month employer restriction).
This is a low cost visa, that allows young people to stay in Australia, experience Australia and use this time working towards their permanent visa application.
If you would like advice and guidance on this visa, please do not hesitate to contact us.