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CHANGES TO THE WORKING HOLIDAY VISA PROGRAM

By | Migration Agent Sydney | 12 Oct 2015

Australia’s Working Holiday Maker visa programme is a common way for overseas persons aged 18-30 to have an extended holiday in Australia and earn money through short-term employment.

There are two types of Working Holiday Maker visas: Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) and Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462). The visa you should apply for depends on your country of citizenship. These types of visas allow you to stay and work in Australia for up to 12 months.

Generally, you can only ever get a Working Holiday Maker visa once.The second Working Holiday (Subclass 417) visa initiative is the exception – if you do 88 days specified work in regional Australia, you may be eligible for a second working holiday visa. 

The second Working Holiday visa initiative helps encourage Working Holiday visa holders to spend some time working and travelling to other parts of Australia.  It also helps businesses that are making an important contribution to the Australian economy to have the workers they need to run their business, particularly in seasonal peaks.

The second Working Holiday visa initiative has proven popular with businesses and visa holders over the years, but unfortunately some people haven’t been doing the right thing.  Some visa holders are claiming for work that was never done, and some employers have not paid their employees a lawful wage for their work.

If you’re doing specified work after 31 August, you’ll need to make sure you have pay slips that cover each day of work when you submit your application for a second Working Holiday visa.  

Source: http://migrationblog.border.gov.au/

 

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