Changes to Subclass 417 and 462 visa on 17 February 2020

Posted on February 21, 2020 by Benson Shi

The Working Holiday visa allows young adults (aged 18-30 years old) who want an extended holiday, to come to Australia and to work here to fund their holiday for a period of 12 months. The application cost for this visa is $485 and processing times takes between 11-34 days.

Australia’s reciprocal Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program has been fostering stronger links between young people from Australia and around the world since 1975. The WHM program now includes over 40 partner countries or jurisdictions in two visa subclasses, the Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa and the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa.

Summary of working holiday maker (WHM) changes

  • The time a WHM can work with the same employer has been extended from six months to 12 months for those assisting with bushfire recovery efforts through a change in policy. This is consistent with arrangements put in place for recovery efforts following Cyclone Debbie in 2017.
  • The definition of “specified work” will be revised for the Work and Holiday Maker (subclass 462) visa, to ensure construction work in a disaster declared area is captured. This is consistent with existing arrangements for Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa holders.
  • Paid and volunteer disaster recovery work in declared areas impacted in the recent bushfires will count towards the “specified work” needed to apply for a second or third year 417 or 462 visa.

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