Australian Working Holiday Visa
Australian Working Holiday Visa – The Complete guide
There’s a lot of information on the Australian Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417 visa) everywhere on the web and we understand it’s really difficult to find the right way throughout all this. We’ll try to put all the information you need to know about this visa in one article, highlighting each step to take in your great journey to the sunny land Down Under. Take a cup of tea, relax and enjoy this complete step by step guide about the Australian working holiday visa.
Why Australian Working Holiday Visa?
While most of the people want to go to Australia because of the better payment and job opportunities, others want to travel and meet new people. Whatever your reason is, the Australian Working Holiday visa is the most popular visa in the world and it’s one of the easiest to get.
The average salary for harvesting jobs is AU$15/hour, while if you work as a bartender on hospitality job you can get up to AU$23/hour.
Working holiday visa allows you to work for up to 12 months with only one restriction – you should not work with one employer for more than 6 months in Australia. However you are free to work whatever you want as there are no restrictions on the job you take. There is no obligation for a maximum or minimum time you should spend working on this visa, so if you don’t want to make some money – you are not obligated to seek a job at all.
Another great thing about the working holiday visa is the possibility to leave and enter the country without any restrictions for the validity of the visa. This means you could make trips to New Zealand, the South Pacific, even the Southern Asia, as long as you want. The visa validity is 12 months, starting from the day you enter Australia, and you could do that in up to 1 year after you are granted the visa. The visa also allows you to study in the country for up to 4 months!
The requirements to qualify for this visa are pretty straightforward – you must be between 18 and 30 (inclusive), you must not take any dependent children with you, you didn’t enter Australia on a Working Holiday Visa before, you don’t have any serious criminal convictions and medical issues and you should be from one of the eligible countries below (Australian Government is expanding this list almost every year):
|Belgium||Canada||Republic of Cyprus|
|France||Germany||Hong Kong SARegion|
|Republic of Korea||Malta||Netherlands|
In some cases you might be required to provide a police certificate as a proof that you don’t have any serious criminal records; or you might be requested to pass a Chest X-Ray or medical examination as part of your visa application but you don’t need to provide any of these in advance.
Applying for the Australian Working Holiday Visa
Applying for the Australian working holiday visa is actually quite simple. You can choose to call us today, or apply online – each way will take you only a few minutes.
How long does it take to process an Australian working holiday visa?
The processing time for the Australian working holiday visa is almost instantly – up to 48 hours. In some rare cases you might be asked for additional documents which could slow down your application, so you’d better not book a flight before your visa is granted.
You must have an access to at least AU$5000 upon arrival in Australia under the Working holiday visa. A lot of people are concerned about this particular requirement; however, you don’t need such amount in order to apply for the visa. You just might be asked to prove that you have an access to such amount at the port of entry.
Before/After you arrive
Most of the working holiday makers prefer to have a job secured before leaving their home country. Visa First partners with the leading Australian working holiday jobs search company focused solely on providing you with all the essential guidance and tools to find the most suitable job for you. Contact us to start your job search process now.
Tax File Number
One of the most important things to do when you arrive Down Under is to get aTax File Number (TFN). You need to have a TFN in order to work in Australia or you will pay tax at the emergency rate of 48%. With our Tax Saver Pack we start organizing your TFN before you leave home so you’ll be able to start work immediately in Australia and pay tax at the normal rate of 29%.
As part of the Tax Saver Pack, we also organise your Australian tax refund with a 5% discount on the fee when you head home, or after the Australian tax year ends on June 30th. Ninety-nine percent of working holiday makers in Australia over pay tax and our customers get average refunds of AU$2500! Our tax expertise means you’ll get the maximum amount of tax back from your time in Oz.
Australian Bank Account
You also need to open an Australian bank account as soon as possible because you’ll need one when you start working. While applying for your visa we can also book a bank account for you with Traveltowork. Traveltowork open bank accounts in just 4-5 days. You will then have your bank account open before leaving for Australia and will be ready to work as soon as you land as your Australian employer will insist that you have an Australian bank account. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone one of the Visa First team for assistance.
Australian SIM card
It’s great to have an Australian number before you go and be able to stay in contact with your family and friends back home. We can provide you with an Australian mobile SIM card along with instructions for unblocking your phone.
Kickstart Arrival packs
Once you arrive safe in Australia, we can help you get off the best start possible Down Under with our Kickstart pack. It includes an airport pick-up, accommodation and breakfast, information orientation.
Extending your stay with Second year Working Holiday Visa
One of the best parts of the Working Holiday visa for Australia is that you have an option to extend it for another year. If you’ve loved your stay there you could apply for your visa for another 12 months. The only requirement for the second year visa is that you’ve done 3 months harvest work in regional Australia during your first working holiday visa.
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