What counts as ‘specified paid work’ in Australia?
There are many different industries you can work in to become eligible for a second-year visa including:
Plant and animal cultivation
Cultivating or propagating plants, fungi or their products or parts
General maintenance crop work
Harvesting and/or packing fruit and vegetable crops
Immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery in an abattoir, packing and tanning
Note: Secondary processing of animal products, such as small goods processing and retail butchery is not eligible
Immediate processing of plant products
Maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase
Manufacturing dairy produce from raw material
Pruning and trimming vines and trees
Felling trees in a plantation or forest
Planting or tending trees in a plantation or forest that are intended to be felled
Transporting trees or parts of trees that were felled in a plantation or forest to the place where they are first to be milled or processed or from which they are to be transported to the place where they are to be milled or processed
Fishing and pearling
Conducting operations relating directly to taking or catching fish and other aquatic species
Conducting operations relating directly to taking or culturing pearls or pearl shell
In order to apply for a visa extension, you will need to provide evidence of the specified work that you have completed.
417 visa subclass holders will need to have an Employment Verification Form 1263 completed by each eligible employer during your first 12 months in Oz. You can download this form here.
Meanwhile, if you’re a 462 visa subclass holders will need to have an Employment Verification Form 1464 which is completed by every eligible employer you have had during your first 12 months in Oz.You can download this form here.
Filling in the form should not be a problem for any regional Australian employer operating in one of the above industries. With that said, it’s always a good idea to check before beginning work that the employer is willing to complete the form.
When should I submit my application?
It’s a good idea to apply for your extension as early as possible. Of course, you will need to complete three months of specified work before you can submit your application.
The processing time for this visa is between three working days and three weeks from the day your documents arrive with the embassy.
If you are in Australia and your first visa is about to expire, you will be granted a bridging visa after your extension application is submitted. The bridging visa will be valid until your application is assessed.