holiday program for Australia
November 27, 2019

Job, travel hand in hand! That’s working holiday program for Australia

You are on a visit to Australia. Exploring places, meeting people and being part of natural habitat are part of your busy schedule. However, all come at a price as you have to spend money. Two visas that are part of the country’s working holiday program enable you to meet travel expenditure. They help you to earn and travel. These are Working Holiday Visa—subclass 417 and Work and Holiday Visa—subclass 462

About Subclass 417 & 462

  • Age Criteria

For the visa grant, you should be in the age group of 18-30. Your age should not exceed beyond 30 and in some cases 35. Complete every formality. You can work with one employer for six months in a regional area. Likewise, work for two employers with the visa valid for one year.

Both visas allow you to live and work for almost a year. You can extend for a couple of years if you seek employment in the country.

  • How Holiday Visas Serve Purpose

Working holiday visas are about building closer ties and cultural exchange. The cultural exchange is between Australia and eligible countries.

Visa and Specific Countries

There are slight differences between subclasses 417 and 462 visas. 417 Working Holiday Visas for Australia target passport holders of Asian countries. These include Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.

The 417 visas are also granted to individuals belonging to–

  1. Canada
  2. Belgium
  3. Denmark
  4. Finland
  5. Italy
  6. France
  7. Norway
  8. Sweden
  9. The Netherlands
  10. UK
  11. Ireland
  12. Estonia
  13. Germany
  14. Malta
  15. Cyprus

Whereas, individuals possessing subclass 462 Work and Holiday visas belong to Asian countries i.e.—

  1. Bangladesh
  2. China
  3. Indonesia
  4. Israel
  5. Thailand
  6. Malaysia
  7. Turkey

Subclass 417 is also allowed for passport holders of–

  1. Argentina
  2. Chile
  3. Ecuador
  4. Hungary
  5. Luxemburg
  6. Poland
  7. Portugal
  8. San Marino
  9. The Slovak Republic
  10. Spain
  11. Slovenia
  12. USA
  13. Uruguay

Other Differences—

* Subclass 462 holder can submit functional English language and education details. No need to submit such information if you are a 417 holder.

It is necessary for Work and Holiday visa applicants to provide a letter of support. Provide the letter of support from respective governments. But, the exemption is permissible for visa holders of USA, China, and Israel.

* You can apply for the 417 and 462 visas from outside Australia with the grant allotted for one year. After that, you can seek one more year. It serves the purpose of the applicant if he works in regional Australia for three months. But, he has to work before the end of the first year.

Interesting Facts—

  • As a Traveler

The scenic beauty of the country attracts travelers like you. Every individual prefers to visit different places. It could be the desert, ocean, natural wonders, cuisines, and friends. Each of these places offers an adventure of a lifetime. You can visit a sporting arena where you can play cricket. Or go on a surfing expedition amidst ocean waves.

  • Places of your interest

Fulfil all your dreams one way or another. Home to unique species, Australia is a natural habitat attracting thousands of tourists. You can discover the county’s wildlife and landscapes. One of the natural wonders in the world is the Great Barrier Reef, home to millions of fish species. The Reef is in Queensland. Head straight to Northern Territory comprising national parks, etc.


In a nutshell, the visas serve the purpose of a large number of individuals. Especially holiday goers can seek employment activities. They can travel and work. Do you face issues on visas, immigration procedures, and practices? Consult with our team of immigration consultants in Australia now.

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