Working Holiday Visa Changes

From July 1, 2019, it will become possible to add a third year to a 417 and 462 Working Holiday visa stay in Australia.
Work on Australian Farms With a Working Holiday Visa

Working Holiday Visas Can Now Be 3 Years

From July 1, 2019, it will become possible to add a third year to a 417 and 462 Working Holiday visa stay in Australia. An extra year is possible, the Department of Home Affairs states, if Working Holiday visa holders “undertake 6-months of specified work in a specified regional area during their second year.” The purpose of this change is to help farmers in Regional Australia find workers.

Source: Department of Home Affairs.

Working Holiday Visa Change re Farm Work

The Department also reports re Working Holiday visas that from July 1 “Employers will be able to retain trained and experienced employees doing agricultural (plant and animal cultivation) work for up to 12-months, rather than the previous 6-months.”

Source: Department of Home Affairs.

Definition of Regional Australia Changed

A key change to Working Holiday visas that came into effect on November 5th 2018 was the increase in the number of areas now classified as Regional for these visas. Regional Australia has now been “extended to regional areas in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, and all of Northern Territory, South Australia, and Tasmania.”

Source: Department of Home Affairs.

A further change to Working Holiday visas last November was to “Increase the eligible age for subclass 417 visa applicants from Canada and Ireland to 35.”

Read more about recent changes to the Working Holiday visas.

Read more about the 462 and 417 Working Holiday visas.

Read which countries are eligible for the 417 and 462 Working Holiday visas.

The Greece-Australia Working Holiday visa program begins July 1, 2019.
Greek-Australian Working Holiday Visa Program Begins

Greece-Australia 462 Working Holiday Visa Begins July 1, 2019

The Greece-Australia Working Holiday visa program begins July 1, 2019. The Department of Home Affairs reports that “Five hundred places each will be available annually for young Australians and Greeks to visit each other’s country for up to twelve months.” Source: Department of Home Affairs.

The Department also reports that:

“While on their first visa, Greek nationals may undertake specified work in regional areas to become eligible for a second Work and Holiday visa and extend their stay.

“The option of a third year stay will also be available to them if they undertake six months of regional work in their second year in Australia.

“The Work and Holiday visa requires first-time Greek applicants to hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and to have a functional level of English.”

Read more about the Greece-Australia Working Holiday visa.

Contact a Migration Ways Registered Agent

If you are aged between 18 and 31 and a citizen of one of the countries eligible to apply for a Work and Holiday visa, please contact Migration Ways if you require any assistance applying for this visa.

Migration Ways agent Jason Zaikos speaks fluent Greek.

Five hundred places each will be available annually for young Australians and Greeks to visit each other’s country for up to twelve months
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