Australia Working and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)

Australia Working and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)


The Work and Holiday visa subclass 462 is also known as a Working Holiday Visa. It is a temporary visa for Australia that allows immigrants to work while they travel. Usually, these visas are issued for 12 months' time, under a cultural exchange program between Australia and a few specific nations. The purpose of this visa is to promote intercultural understanding and diversity.

Recently, the Australian government has announced its plan to expand the reach of the Working Holiday visa program to more than a dozen countries, which includes India as well. This way skilled workers can be recruited to meet the labor needs of regional areas, especially on farms.

According to a statement issued by the Immigration Minister, David Coleman, "the changes were designed to resolve labor shortages in regional areas, particularly on farms."

He also stated that" "We know that working holiday-makers travel further into regional areas than most other international visitors," he said, adding "They also spend substantial amounts, helping to boost regional economies."

To be eligible to apply for a working visa, an applicant must age between 18 to 30 years and must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must have a valid passport from your home country
  • Must have a proof of proficiency in the English language (unless you are from an English-speaking country)
  • Must meet the educational requirement
  • Must meet the health parameters
  • Must be outside Australia while applying for this visa
  • Must have enough funds to financially support yourself, which is around AUD $5,000
  • Must book a return ticket or show proof of funds to book your return ticket

As per the Australian Government, an applicant's dependent child is not allowed to accompany him/her during an applicant's stay in Australia.


There are 2 categories of this Working Holiday Visas, which includes,

  • Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) - Requires evidence of functional English
  • Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) - Doesn't require evidence of functional English

Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) Visa

It is open to those applicants who have a passport from Austria, Argentina, Chile, Hungary, China, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru Poland, Israel, Luxembourg, Portugal, Singapore, San Marino, Slovenia, Spain, Slovak Republic, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, Vietnam or the United States.

Work and Holiday (Subclass 417) Visa

It is open to people who have a passport from Canada, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, France, Italy, Japan, Republic of Ireland, Republic of Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Malta, Sweden, the United Kingdom or Taiwan.

Below is a list of eligible countries from where you can apply for Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 462):

  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh
  • Chile
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Poland
  • Turkey
  • Thailand
  • Uruguay
  • United States

What are the benefits of a Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)?

This working visa allows you to work as well as travel in Australia during your stay in the country. It is indeed a wonderful way to enjoy your trip while earning a handsome amount.

How to apply for this Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)?

It's a step-by-step process:

Step 1: Gather all the required documents and other supporting documents

Step 2: Complete Form 1208 Application for a Work and Holiday Visa

Step 3: Make payment

Step 4: Wait for the approval

Step 5: Get your visa and start traveling and working

What is the application cost for Work and Holiday Visa?

The cost of visas varies from the time and date you have received your application. The starting cost is AUD $440.00 and usually, the fees are non-refundable, even if you get your visa application refused or you withdraw it.

You are also required to make additional payments, like health assessments and police certificates costs, or any other tests or certificate costs. You are also responsible to make a few important arrangements.

What is the processing time for Work and Holiday Visa?

Generally, it can take a minimum of 8 weeks time to process your Australian Work and Holiday Visa application. This time can also be extended on criminal or medical grounds.

What are the work conditions?

Australian Work and Holiday visa holders can do any kind of work which is mostly casual or temporary in nature. The main purpose of this visa is travel and holiday, so you cannot work for any one employer for more than 6 months.

What are the study conditions?

Australian Work and Holiday visa holders can study for a minimum 4 month time period while living in Australia on their Work and Holiday Visa.

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