Working Holiday Visa Information
The Australian Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) is ideal for people aged between 18 - 30 (inclusive) who want to travel to Australia and work to support themselves. This visa lasts for 12 months and allows you to work in any occupation for any employer during your stay in Australia. Contact us for all the information on 01 878 3329 (local phone based on your current location) or request a callback.
Visa First will arrange your working holiday visa for Australia in as little as 48 hours. When your visa is granted, you have 1 year to activate it by entering Australia. Once this happens, your 12 months begin to count down. You may leave and re-enter Australia as often as you wish during this time but remember - your 12 months visa validity continues to expire.
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Working Holiday Visa FAQs
How much does the visa cost?
|Passport Country||Express Service*||Regular Service**|
|Canada||CA $495||CA $485|
|New Zealand||NZ $595||NZ $575|
|UK & other||£325||£320|
How long does it take to process?
*Express service is 48h after receiving all required information and documents.
**Regular service is 2 weeks.
In some cases applications must be referred to the Australian Immigration Office for further processing, in which case the application may take up to 4 weeks to finalise. Terms and conditions apply.
View our FAQ's section for answers to all your questions.
What are the requirements for this visa?
You must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this Australian working holiday visa:
- Age requirement - 18 to 30 years old;
- Passport country - you must be a citizen of one of the eligible countries;
- Passport validity - the expiry date of your passport must cover the duration of your stay in Australia;
- Sufficient funds - you must provide a bank statement as a proof you have enough money to support yourself in Australia (AUD 5,000);
- You must not have held an Australian working holiday visa before;
- Dependent children - the 417 visa doesn't allow you to take dependent children with you;
- Be of good health and character.
Talk to one of our visa specialists to check if you meet the eligibility criteria. Leave the stress to us - we will assess your personal situation and handle your application.
Which countries are eligible to participate?
|Republic of Cyprus||Republic of Ireland||Republic of Korea|
|Passport holders from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay and the USA can apply for Work and Holiday Visa Subclass 462.|
Why apply with Visa First?
- Lowest processing fees.
- Apply by phone, or online - call us or apply directly on our website.
- Australian bank account before you go.
- Australian tax file number so you can begin work as soon as you land.
- Airport pick up and accommodation.
- Free internet access in our Sydney working holiday centre.
- Access to our Migration consultants to help extend your stay in Australia.
How much is "sufficient funds" for Australia?
How to extend the visa? Can I do it without regional work?
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my visa take to process?
How long is the Australia Working Holiday Visa valid for?
How does the Australia Working Holiday Programme work?
Can I apply for an Oz Working Holiday Visa?
To be eligible for an Australian Working Holiday Visa you must:
- Be aged between 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the date of your Australia visa application;
- You are not travelling with dependent children;
- You have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa;
- Hold a passport from Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR (the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China), Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom.
Visit the eligibility tab for more information.
If you have previously applied for, or attempted to apply for, an Australia WHM Visa, you must inform Visa First when submitting your application.
What are the conditions of the Australia Working Holiday Visa?
Under the conditions of the Oz working holiday programme, you cannot work for longer than 6 months in the same position, in the same location, doing the same work. The purpose of the Australia WHM Visa is to enjoy a holiday in Australia, supplemented by incidental employment.
- You cannot engage in any studies or training for more than 4 months while in Australia.
- You are expected to bring sufficient funds to support yourself during your initial stay in Australia.
- You must ensure that your passport will be valid for the entire period of your stay in Australia.
What will my visa look like?
Do I need a bank statement stating I have AU$5,000 to apply for the visa?
No. Because Visa First will lodge your visa application electronically, there is no requirement to submit any additional documents to have your working holiday visa for Australia granted. However, applicants for an electronic working holiday visa are required to declare in their application that they have sufficient funds for a return onward fare to their intended overseas destination on leaving Australia. Applicants are also required to declare sufficient funds for personal support for the purposes of a working holiday. This would normally be around AU$5000 (€4,200/£3,500/CA$5,500) plus enough funds for the return airfare. Please note that there is no need to purchase the return airfare in advance.
Is any proof of funds required?
Will I need to have a medical examination?
Health requirements for Australian Working Holiday Visa applicants are assessed at the time of application and will vary depending on the country of passport and travel/residence history. Applicants may be required to undergo a chest x-ray and/or a medical examination as part of their visa application under certain circumstances, as well as to declare their health status on the visa application form. The most frequent situations where a chest x-ray and/or medical examinations may be required are cases where:
- You have spent more than 3 consecutive months in the last 5 years in a country considered to be of a very high health risk in terms of tuberculosis;
- You have been in close contact with a person who has, or has had, active tuberculosis;
- You have had a Chest X-ray which showed an abnormality;
- You are likely to enter an Australian hospital or other health care facility for any purpose;
- You are likely to work in or attend an Australian preschool-aged child care centre (including preschools and creches);
- You are likely to require assistance with mobility and/or incur medical costs or require treatment or medical follow up for a particular disease while in Australia.
NB: If you fall into any of the above cases your visa application will take ut to 8-12 weeks to process from the date that your results are forwarded for assessment. Please do not undergo any health examinations in advance. Health examinations must be performed by doctors and radiologists approved by the Australian Immigration Authorities. Details will be sent to you if necessary at a later stage.
Do I need to have chest x-rays to apply?
How do I apply for an Australian Working Holiday Visa?
Complete the Australia Visa application form, making sure you answer each question in full.
If you are applying for your Australian working holiday visa in Ireland, post your application form, including payment of €260, to Visa First, 14 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.
If you are applying for your Australia visa in the UK, post your application form, including payment of £235 to Visa First, 3rd Floor, 9 White Lion Street, London, N1 9PD, United Kingdom.
You can pay by enclosing a postal order or bank draft made payable to Traveltowork Ltd* or by completing the credit card section of the application. Do not send cash or cheque.
*Visa First is a trading name for Traveltowork Ltd.
Can I register over the phone?
Yes, you can now organise your Australian WHM Visa over the phone with our team in just 8 minutes*. A member of our multilingual team will guide you through the procedure in a matter of minutes, taking you one step closer to your working holiday in Australia.
*In this case it is recommended that you submit a copy of your passport by fax or email.
How do I know what’s happening with my visa application?
How will I know when my application has been finalised?
What do I do once my working holiday visa for Australia is granted?
I have been to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa before - can I apply for a second one?
Can I use my mobile phone in Australia?
How do I open an Australian Bank Account?
How do I get a Tax File Number?
Will I be able to get a refund of the tax I pay in Australia?
Remember, to ensure your Australian working holiday visa is processed quickly and hassle-free:
- Complete the application form in full, taking care to answer all questions.
- Post the application form to your local VISA FIRST office (either in Ireland or the UK) , including your payment of €360/£285/CA $485.
- We will call or email you immediately to let you know we have received your application.
- We will then ensure that your WHM visa is processed correctly and you will receive written notification upon approval.
May I set up a business with a working holiday visa?
Can I get a Sponsorship visa while on a working holiday in Australia?
Can I work for the same employer for six months of my first year visa and six months of my second year working holiday visa?
Are you allowed to visit other countries within the 1 year validity of the Working Holiday Visa?
Can I have more than one employer at the same time?
If I apply for a visa and I do not get it. Do I get a refund?
I am Irish resident currently residing in Canada. Can I Apply for Australian visa from Canada or do I need to apply within Ireland?
If I am Israeli citizen who does not have a working holiday agreement with Australia, but I also hold a Dutch passport, can I apply for a visa as a citizen of the Netherlands?
I am planning to travel to SE Asia before entering OZ, for about 6 months. Can I apply whilst I am away and how will I be affected in terms of health checks and x rays from visiting these countries before entering? Will I need to have checks when I am away before entering OZ?
There is absolutely no problem to apply for an Australian working holiday visa as long as you’re outside the country. There will be no medical requirements unless you have spent more than 3 consecutive months in a risky country (usually people travel in several countries and don’t spend that much time in one and the same country) or you have any medical conditions or you intend to work in the healthcare area.
To organize your visa we’ll simply need to confirm your passport and personal details and it normally takes 48 hours for the visa to be granted. Once the visa is issued you have 12 months to enter Australia and it will start only on the date you arrive in the country and will be valid for 1 year from then on.
What is the 1800 number I can call Visa First in Australia?
I will turn 30 in a few weeks. If I apply while 29 and get a 1 year visa, can this visa be used anytime in the coming year? Or you must enter OZ before you turn 30?
Can I work for more than 6 months with an employer if they decide to sponsorship me?
When does the visa activate - the day I arrive in Australia, or the day it has been approved?
I am in NZ on a WHM. Can I apply for Australian visa from NZ or do I need to go back to Ireland?
Do I need to have a return ticket out of Australia to be granted a working holiday visa?
My current 1st year holiday visa expires in 2 weeks. I have already completed my 3 months harvest work however I am unsure as in wheather I want to take my visa now. I have heard of a bridging visa that allows you to stay 28 days on top of your orginal visa...is this true?
Basically, you need to leave Australia once your working holiday visa expires. If you’re not able to leave the country you should contact the Immigration authorities before your visa expires. They will issue you a bridging visa so that you are legally in the country. There is no automatic 28-days bridging visa.
If you decide that you want to apply for your 2nd working holiday visa before your current one expires than you will be issued a bridging visa that will allow you to stay in Australia until your 2nd year visa is granted.
I was previously granted an Australian Working Holiday visa in 2003 but it was not activated. I returned back to Ireland due to a family bereavement. Can I apply for another working holiday visa?
My working holiday visa has expired and I have left the country. Could I re-apply in the future for a working holiday visa?
What if I received my first Working Holiday visa 2 years ago but I never used it and never been in Australia thanks to this WHV. Can I ask for a new one?
I had worked for three months at one farm. Is it enough to get second visa?
I have been working in a winery as a Cellar Hand in the correct postcode. My question is: Because my Winery did not have vineyards attached to it, does this mean they were not primary producers? We crushed grapes and made wines for clients. This is really worrying me so thank you so much if you can provide an answer - I called Immigration and the lady was complately unhelpful!
I entered Australia on a 12 month working holiday visa, I spent less than 2 months in the country, I never worked I just travelled. Before I could get a chance to find a job I had to return to Ireland due to family issues. Would I be able to re-use the 10 months that expired whilst I was back in Ireland, or could I re-apply for a 12 month working Visa?
In 2003 my student visa got cancelled for less than 80% attendance, after 2 years of overstay, i left australia in 2005 jan. i never had any debt to the australian govt. i had indian passport back then. now i am a swedish citizen, so is there any chance i could get the WHV?? how high the chance to get refuse??pls let me know- looking forward to make an application with your help.
How long does it usually take for working visa to come through? and is there any way of speeding up the process? Is there an express service? I want to leave in 3 weeks and hope my visa comes through in time but if it doesn't can I apply and go in on a tourist visa?
Do I have to book my flights to Australia before applying for a Working Visa?
Is this possible for the citizen of Bangladesh to apply for this visa?
I am going to both New Zealand and Australia can I get a visa to enable me to work in both countries or only one?
Once my 12 month working holiday visa has expired, how long do I have to leave Australia for (if any) to be granted a 3 month standard tourist visa for re-entry?
I am currently in Australia with a first working holiday visa. Actually I am working in a small Aboriginal community in the region of Kimberley in WA. let me know if i can ask for a second visa?
My boyfriend has been granted his first working holiday visa but can't use it in the next 12 months. Will he be able to apply for another one? Also, I have completed my farm work for my second year visa, but do not want to use it for another few years, how long have I got?
I am Austrian and am looking for an Australian Holiday Working visa, I have tried contacting several agencies but no one can help me. Are there still ways for me to apply for a visa?
I am currently working for an employer on my first year visa and will have to finish working for them in November as I will have worked for them for 6mths if i get my 2nd year visa can i continue working for them even though my 1st year visa doesn’t expire until December?
I am 31 years old would I be able to apply for a working visa in Australia?
I have a 12 month working visa and intend to extend it for another 12 months. Does any body know how often I can get another working visa? I realize I have to leave the country but when can I apply again?
I am currently on a working holiday visa which expires on December 15, I turn 31 on November 29. Can I apply for a further Working Holiday Visa before my 31st birthday?
Can I apply for this visa while on holiday in Australia?
Can I apply for Australian holiday visa with my partner if he has a Dutch passport but I have a South African passport? Or is there any other option for a South African to get a 2year working visa for Australia?
Are you required to fly out of the UK on or before the exact day your Working Holiday visa expires? Or are you given a period of time thereafter where you are allowed to fly out of the country without troubles with immigration etc?
As it was 2004 when I was in oz on a working visa iv lost all details of my employer which I did regional construction work with, for 3 and a half months, what would be my best option to get a 2nd one year visa, my occupation is an electrician.
In order to be eligible to apply for the 2nd working holiday visa for Australia you must provide us with the following information:
- Name of employer
- Employer’s ABN number
- Employer’s contact number
- Address where you’ve worked and postal code (must be in regional Australia)
- The exact dates that you’ve worked for this employer
I am on my first WH visa and nearing the end of my first job that has lasted for 6 months. What do I need to do to show the government to show that i have a new job with a new company?
Do I need to provide proof of my bank statements when entering Australian on a 1 year working visa? If I stated I had funds to support myself in my application will they require proof of that when I enter the country?
Hi I have had a WHV on my Irish passport can I apply for 1 on my British passport?
Is it possible to get a 2 year working visa if you have a criminal conviction?
I am currently on a 1 year working visa. It expires December 5th. I have decided to take the money I have earned and travel and stay with family and my partner. I would like to apply for a tourist visa, but do not know when is a good time to apply. I would like to stay in Australia for another 12 months if possible under a Tourist visa. My situation is me and my partner are looking to get a Dafecto visa but have to show proof we have been together for the past 12 months. We have been together for 9 months now, living together, but do not have joint accounts, or bills in our name. Therefore we need to get a bank account together and bills together so that we are apply for this visa. Please let me know if this is something that would be granted to me due to my situation. Thanks
It's possible to apply for a 12-month tourist visa but you will have to do this once your working holiday visa expires and you will have to be outside of Australia. You will be required to provide the information below:
1. Employment status:
retired - date of retirement employed - employer's details (address, telephone, type of business); occupation; employment period
unemployed - since when and last employment position self employed - (address, telephone, type of business); occupation
2. Evidence of funds
3. Purpose of stay in Australia – please be advised that you will need to explain here for example that you have been in Australia on a working holiday visa and now you want to travel more to explore the country and be together with your boyfriend. You shouldn’t mention that you’ll be looking to apply for a De-facto visa because the main purpose of a holiday visa is tourism
4. Contacts in Australia (if any) - name; date of birth; address; phone number; type of relationship (family/friend); is this person permanent resident in Australia – here you can provide your boyfriend’s details
5. Itinerary within Oz - which places you intend to visit and proposed dates.
I’ve got a drink driving conviction on my licence would i still get accepted for a working holiday visa for oz?
Can I apply for Working Holiday Visa in advance?
Can I bring my partner with me if I get working holiday visa for Australia?
Can you work only for one employer for 6 months and the other 6 months you don’t work at all?
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