In a recent legislative announcement, Spain and Portugal are also added to the list of countries for Australian Work and Holiday visa arrangements.
The full list of countries that can get the work and holiday one year visa is now:
Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America and Uruguay.
This Instrument (Legislative Instrument - IMMI 14/098 - F2014L01498) specifies:
- the countries with SC 462 Work and Holiday visa arrangements,
- the passport the applicant must hold,
- addresses and foreign countries to lodge applications,
- the educational qualifications applicable to each country.
The visa is for young people who want to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year. Applicants must be at least 18 but have not turned 31 years of age at the time of lodging an application.
The visa allows the following:
- stay in Australia for up to 12 months
- work in Australia for up to six months with each employer
- study for up to four months
- leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid
You should also be aware that the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) Visa is different to the Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417).
There is a separate list of acceptable countries for the Work and Holiday Visa subclass 417.
The combined effect of the two work and holiday visas, is that there are huge numbers of young people travelling to Australia to live and work for up to a year.
On the 30 June 2014, between the Work and Holiday Visa (462) and the Working Holiday Visa (417), there was a total number of 151,201 visa holders.
The breakdown of visa holders was:
- The number of Working Holiday Visa (417) holders on 30 June 2014 was 145,194.
- There number of Working Holiday Visa (462) holders was 6007.
A flow on effect from the rise in work/holiday visas is that there is also rising numbers of Onshore Partner visa applications. As Lenny would say, ‘let love rule’.