Getting confused with all this talk of 417 and 462 visas? Both allow non-Australians to come to Australia on a working holiday, but they do have slight differences.
Who can apply?
- Working Holiday (subclass 417) visas are open to people with passports from Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
- Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visas are open to people with passports from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, and Uruguay.
How do the visa requirements vary?
- 462 visas have education requirements, while 417 visas do not. See more information about these requirements here.
- 462 visas require a letter of support from your government of origin (unless you’re from the U.S.), while 417 visas do not. See more information about that requirement here.
- 462 visas also require evidence of functional English, while 417 visas do not. More information here.
Does the maximum length of stay vary?
Yes! This is one of the most significant differences between 417 and 462 visas. Those holding a 417 visa are eligible to apply for a second yearlong working holiday visa if they complete three months of specified work in regional Australia. You can learn more about this specified work option here. 462 visa holders can not apply for a second year work and holiday visa.
Hopefully that clears up any confusion over 417 and 462 visas. Happy travels!