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Australia, the land down under, is a gorgeous country that has a lot to offer; from the Great Barrier Reef, beautiful ranges to hike, Sydney’s Opera House and a lot more. This country is so big (the sixth-largest in the world), a month would never be enough! That’s why you need to apply for an Australia Working Holiday Visa!
Imagine if you had the opportunity to stay in Australia for a year or two or three and get the change to explore this great big nation and have money to spend. Well, this is true for certain eligible citizens; they can live and work in Australia.
Australia has a Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417). Australia Working Holiday Visa is a program for young adults who want an extended holiday in Australia and to work there to fund it. An eligible candidate can apply for a working holiday visa and get approved three times, so a total of 3 years in Australia. Do you want to know if you are eligible? Read and find out.
If there are non-English documents, it must be translated
Processing usually takes 9-18 days, but you can process at least a month before your intended date.
You can apply for a second working holiday visa; you can apply after you have completed 3 months of specified work while holding your first Working Holiday visa.
You can apply for a third working holiday visa; you can apply after you have completed 6 months of specified work while holding your second Working Holiday visa.
AUD 485, 12 months (for your First, Second and Third Working Holiday Visa)
Gather documents that will prove
Log in or create an ImmiAccount
Attach Documents (must be colored)
Pay application fee (AUD 485
Note transaction reference number
Embassy might ask for biometrics or health examination, but wait for them to contact you
Don’t buy your tickets yet
If some documents are not yet attached or the embassy needs more, send them right away
If there are mistakes or things have changed – please inform the embassy immediately
A decision will be sent to you
If a visa is granted, you will be informed about
visa grant number
date visa starts
Keep a copy when you are in Australia
However, if you are denied, you will be informed about
do short-term work in Australia to help pay for your holiday. However, you can only work for the same employer for 6 months
study for up to 4 months
travel to and from Australia as many times as you want
you can have a superannuation (compulsory retirement savings scheme)
For the first working holiday visa: do 3 months of specified work to become eligible for a second Working Holiday visa. For the second, if you do 6 months already then you can apply for the third one.
Work with the same employer for more than 6 months
Main focus be work or study, get a work or student visa instead
You can Google jobs in Australia or Working Holiday Visa Jobs. The leading industries are farming, mining, tourism, logistics, and engineering. You can also check this website, which is by the Australian Government. You can do some research before your visa application or maybe apply so that when you arrive, you can work as soon as possible.
If you don’t have much experience, don’t worry as there are a lot of basic jobs out there that you can learn from. However, if you have one, you can use your knowledge and skills to your advantage.
You can check out job vacancies in the national or local newspapers.
Applying in person is quite a tedious process; handing out CVs to stores or offices that you don’t know if they are hiring or not. However, sometimes, you get to choose the stores and identify their locations plus they can interview you on the spot if you’re lucky.
You must pay taxes (15 cents on a dollar) when you work in Australia
Claim your superannuation before you leave
Get health insurance
Living in rural areas are cheaper and in major cities, it would be quite expensive, so budget carefully
Abide by the laws; Australia is pretty strict with protecting its flora and fauna, so respect nature
Since you could only be with the same employer for 6 months, after that, go to another place or area
Make new friends
Explore and enjoy
If you are eligible, congratulations! I am a bit jealous since Philippine passport holders can’t get a working holiday visa in this fantastic country. You should think about this if it’s right for you and try it if you want to feel the culture of Australia. I hope you find this post very helpful in knowing more about the Australian Working Holiday Visa.
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