Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) for Backpacking around Australia
The Working Holiday Visa allows you to travel and work anywhere in Australia for up to 12 months from the date you enter the country. You can also study for up to 4 months within the 12 month validity period.
You may leave and re-enter the country as many times as you like within this period (which is good for those of you who wish to include New Zealand into your trip).
It will cost you around $270AUD and you must start your visit within 12 months from the time it has been granted.
One of the great things about this visa is that it offers the opportunity for people to extend their stay for an extra 12 months by working in the 'specified industries' for a minimum of 3 months (88 days) in rural Australia (see Working Holiday Visa Extension).
The Working Holiday Visa is only available to passport holders from the countries/regions which have participated in the program.
The full criteria and most up to date details for this visa can be found at the Australian Department of Immigration website (http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/417).
Working Holiday Visa Extension (Subclass 417)
This visa is worth consideration early as it offers a fantastic opportunity to stay for upto another 12 months! If you find after you arrive that you would like to stay in Australia it's advisable to get to know the terms of this visa and complete the work requirements in good time before your existing visa runs out.
To apply for your second Working Holiday Visa you have to complete 3 months (88 days) of specified work in regional Australia while on your first Working Holiday Visa (there is no requirement to do further specified work on the second visa). To be eligible you must meet a number of requirements and you may apply either while you're still in Australia before your first Working Holiday Visa ceases or at a later date from outside the country.
The full criteria and most up to date details for this visa can be found at the Australian Department of Immigration website (http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/417/eligibility-second.htm)
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