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3 Year Working Holiday Visa

Working holiday visa

Department of Home Affairs has recently updated migration regulations meaning some Working Holiday and Work & Holiday Visa Holders (Subclass 417 and Subclass 462 respectively) will now be able to hold up to three successive visas.

How does it benefit you?

Working Holiday visa applicants come to Australia for a wide variety of reasons, such as exploring Australia while earning a living, gaining valuable work experience, or just spending time visiting. Up until recently, a Working Holiday visa holder has been allowed to apply for a second Working Holiday visa, resulting in them being able to stay in Australia for a total of two years. The recent change increases the length of stay for Working Holiday makers in Australia to 3 years. This has potential benefits for visa holders and employers across Australia, especially in regional areas where various industries such as agriculture, livestock farming, and mining are suffering from labour shortages.

What are the requirements for a 3rd year extension?

To qualify, applicants should be a national from a select list of countries and must be no more than 30 years old at the time of application (except Canadian and Irish Republic nationals, who may apply up until the age of 35). The applicant should also have completed 6 months of specified work in regional area for which remuneration must have been made in accordance with relevant Australian legislation. This work should have been done while the applicant held their second Working Holiday Visa or held the bridging visa that was in effect, and granted, on the basis of the application for the former. Lastly, the relevant work must have been carried out on or after 1 July 2019.

Way forward

This new change is a step in the right direction, as it not only creates employment opportunities for visa holders but has the potential to address some key labour shortages in Australian industries. Applicants who intend to utilise this provision are also advised to carry out the necessary research well in advance about the regional areas they intend to work in, as well as the employment opportunities that exist in the area.

Despite the significant potential benefit for regional industries, there have been a large number of stories in the media relating to the exploitation and abuse of Working Visa Holders. Visa holders should also be aware of their employment rights under Australian employment laws and seek assistance from parties such as the Fair Work Commission if they feel they have been, or are being, mistreated.

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