Working Holiday Visa 417

Working Holiday Visa

This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – and Canadian, French and Irish citizens 18 to 35 years old (inclusive) – have their first extended holiday in Australia and work here to help fund their trip.

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Stay

12 months

Cost

AUD485

Processing times

  • 75% of applications in 57 days
  • 90% of applications in 3 months

With this visa you can

  • do short-term work in Australia to help pay for your holiday
  • study for up to 4 months
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want
  • do 3 months of specified work to become eligible for a second Working Holiday visa

You must

  • hold a passport from an eligible country or jurisdiction
  • be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – except for Canadian, French and Irish citizens who can be 18 to 35 (inclusive)
  • apply online from outside Australia
  • not be accompanied by dependent children
  • not have previously entered Australia on a subclass 417 or 462 visa. If you have previously been in Australia on a subclass 417 visa, see the second Working Holiday visa.

With this visa you can

  • do short-term work in Australia to help pay for your holiday
  • study for up to 4 months
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want
  • do 3 months of specified work to become eligible for a second Working Holiday visa

Work

You can do any kind of work on this visa.

Usually, you can only work for the same employer for 6 months.

If the main purpose of your stay is to work, consider a work visa. Explore visa options.

Study

You can study for up to 4 months (17 weeks).

If the main purpose of your stay is to study, consider a Student visa.

How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa. You must enter Australia within 12 months of the date we grant it. We will not extend or defer this timeframe.

The visa becomes active on the date you enter Australia. Once you have entered and the visa is activated, you can:

  • stay in Australia for up to 12 months
  • leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you like in that 12 months

You have another visa

This visa starts on the date you enter or transit through Australia even if you hold any other temporary visa including:

  • a Special Purpose visa
  • an Electronic Travel Authority
  • a Crew Travel Authority
  • a Maritime Crew visa

Ask us to cancel your Working Holiday visa before you travel to Australia if:

  • you want to enter Australia on another visa, or
  • you do not want your Working Holiday visa to start

Complete Form 1194 – Certification of Immigration Status and/or request to cancel a Temporary Resident visa.

We will not refund your application fee if you ask us to cancel your visa.

Stay longer

You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. If you want to stay in Australia longer, apply for another visa.

You could apply for a second Working Holiday visa if you are eligible.

Stay longer on a Visitor visa

The total time you will be permitted to stay on your first Working Holiday visa and then a Visitor visa is 12 consecutive months.

If you want to apply for a Visitor visa to stay longer in Australia and the Visitor visa would result in you staying longer than 12 consecutive months in Australia, you must:

  • show there are exceptional circumstances
  • apply for a Visitor visa from outside Australia

For this visa, exceptional circumstances might be that a close family member in Australia has died or is seriously ill and you need to stay.

Include family

You can’t include family members in your application.

You can’t be accompanied by dependent children while you are in Australia on this visa.

Cost

AUD485

You might also have to pay for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

Apply from

You must be outside Australia when you apply for this visa and when we decide your application.

Processing times

  • 75% of applications in 57 days
  • 90% of applications in 3 months

Your application might take longer to process if:

  • you don’t fill it in correctly
  • you don’t include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

Your obligations

You must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

Learn more about conditions for this visa.

Tax

You must pay taxes when you work in Australia on this visa.

Superannuation

Australia has compulsory superannuation – a retirement savings scheme. Your employer must pay superannuation into your superannuation fund if you earn over a certain amount.

You can access your superannuation when you leave Australia.

Health insurance

We recommend you take out health insurance to cover any unforeseen medical treatment you might need in Australia. You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Insurance can help limit your financial liability.

See what we consider adequate health insurance.

Learn more about health insurance for overseas visitors.

Reciprocal healthcare agreements

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal healthcare agreements.

Travel

You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

Time you spend outside Australia after your first entry does not extend the visa’s 12-month validity.

Visa record

We will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

Hold this passport

You must be a citizen of and hold a valid passport from one of these countries/jurisdictions:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan (other than an official or diplomatic passport)
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Be this age

You must be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – except for Canadian, French and Irish citizens who can be 18 to 35 years old (inclusive).

If you apply for the visa while you are 30, but turn 31 before we have made a decision, we can still grant you the visa.

If you are a citizen of Canada, France or Ireland and apply for the visa while you are 35, but turn 36 before we have made a decision, we can still grant you the visa.

Previous visas

You must not have previously entered Australia on a:

  • Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)
  • Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)

Have enough money

You must have enough money to:

  • support yourself while you are in Australia
  • leave Australia at the end of your stay

This is usually about AUD5,000 for your initial stay, plus the fare to where you are going after leaving Australia.

Meet the health requirement

You must meet our health requirement.

Meet the character requirement

You must meet our character requirement. 

 

Pay your debts to the Australian Government

If you or any family members (including those who don’t apply for the visa with you) owe the Australian government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.

Sign the Australian values statement

You must acknowledge the Australian Values Statement that confirms you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws when you apply for the visa.​

get advice and assistance

We offer Professional Guidance From A Registered Migration Agent

Here at Settlers Migration our team of migration agents can provide you with the appropriate guidance and advice so you can put forth the best application possible for any Visa you are going for.