How to apply for a Working Holiday Visa in Australia

3 June 2014

I often hear people talk about the places they want to visit around the world. Just as often, there are limitations that stand in the way of their ability to pack their bags and set out overseas – money is the most common. Fortunately, working holidays in Australia offer the opportunity to combine traveling with earning money.

Two visas exist that enable people from a wide range of countries and aged younger than 31 the chance to work while enjoying a memorable holiday in Australia.

To further simplify the easy process, here is a step-by-step guide to obtaining your Working Holiday Visa.

1. Determine which visa you need to apply for

Applying for a Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) or a Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) will depend on your nationality. Visit the Immigration Department’s Work in Australia page and fill in the form; the results, based on the passport you hold, will highlight the visas available to you. The fields selected below in red are the typical conditions of a visa applicant.

Working Visa, Australia

Working Visa for Australia

2. Select the appropriate visa and click “Apply Now” or “Download PDF Form”

Note that non-USA passport holders are not eligible to apply online – download a PDF form of your visa to mail in.

Apply Now Work and Holiday Visa

Apply Now Work and Holiday Visa – subclass 462

3. USA passport holders can apply online – follow the prompts to create an ImmiAccount.

Visa Application Process - ImmiAccount

Visa Application Process – ImmiAccount

4. Fill out your personal information details either online or using the PDF visa form

You can find all the necessary information, including payment instructions, on the website or in the PDF visa form.

5. Wait for a response from the Department of Immigration.

If you don’t receive a response within a few days of applying online, login to see the status of your visa. Other visa applicants can email with any issues.

6.Pack your bags, enjoy Australia and discover NSW!

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