You’ve had an absolute blast while on your Australian working holiday, and you’re realising that one year down under simply is not enough! The good news is that many working holiday makers can extend their stay for a second year.
To apply for a second working holiday visa, first and foremost, you must be on a 417 visa, as opposed to a 462 visa. You can read about the differences here.
If you are a 417 visa holder and would like to extend your stay in Australia for a second year, you must, while you are within your first year, complete three months of specified work in regional Australia. Your work must be in one of the following industries:
- plant and animal cultivation
- fishing and pearling
- tree farming and felling
This can include anything from painting buildings to picking fruit on a farm to breeding horses. Many of these jobs can be found on Harvest Trail, but also try asking around and searching the internet. Heaps of businesses are in need of employees! For more information about approved work and regional areas, visit the Australian immigration website.
You must work for three months (88 days), although this can be either in one block with one business or split up over time with multiple businesses.
After completing this work, you will need to provide evidence of specified work, which may be original or certified copies of:
- group certificates
- payment summaries
- tax returns
- employer references
- a completed employment verification form signed by your employer
- original Australian bank statement covering the period of declared specified work
- this form
For further questions about extending your working holiday visa for a second year, please see the Australian immigration website. Good luck!