Getting confused with all this talk of 417 and 462 visas? Both allow certain non-Australian citizens between 18 and 30 years of age to come to Australia on a working holiday, but they do have some notable differences.
Who can apply?
- Working Holiday (subclass 417) visas are open to people who hold a passport from Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan or the United Kingdom.
- Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visas are open to people who hold a passport from Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, Uruguay or Vietnam.
How do the visa requirements vary?
- Unlike the subclass 417 Working Holiday visa, subclass 462 visa applicants are required to possess specific educational requirements. See more information about these requirements here.
- Most 462 visa applicants require a letter of support for a first visa application from their country of origin’s government (unless they are from Argentina, China, Israel, Singapore or the United States), while 417 visa holders do not. See more information about that requirement here.
- 462 visa holders require evidence of functional English (with the exception of American citizens), while 417 visa holders do not. More information on visa requirements can be found here.
Does the maximum length of stay vary between the two visa types?
Both types of visas are granted for a period of 12 months, and generally allow for periods of work for up to 6 months at a time with any one Australian employer.
From 19 November 2016, the law was changed to allow subclass 462 visa holders to apply for a second Work and Holiday visa – as had always been possible under the Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa programme. However, key differences remain in the type of specified work that can be undertaken in order to qualify for a second 462, or 417 visa with one notable difference being the availability of Tourism and Hospitality work to ‘unlock’ a second subclass 462 visa.
Hopefully that clears up any confusion over 417 and 462 visas. Happy travels!
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