The ‘Working Holiday Maker Program’ is a cultural exchange program that includes ‘Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462)’ and ‘Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417). This program allows the young backpackers (travellers) to enjoy a long holiday in Australia and earn in the meantime through short-term employment. However, only selected countries are participants in this program. The member countries are different for both above mentioned working holiday visa categories.
On 31st July 2019, the Immigration Minister of Australia, Mr David Coleman has announced to expand the Working Holiday Visa program of Australia to include 13 more countries among the participants in this program.
Here is the list of the countries which are to be added to the Working Holiday visa program soon.
Here is the difference between the two popular working holiday visas meant for the backpackers:
Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) – The Australian government issues this particular visa for 12 months. The work and holiday visa scheme includes mostly the developing nations, i.e. developing countries, such as Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia, China and Bangladesh. It required a basic/functional level of English language proficiency from the applicant. In the list of new nations to be included in the Working Holiday Maker Program of Australia, most countries, including India, are developing countries. Hence, most of them are likely to be considered under Subclass 462 visa only.
The Australian government is planning to extend the program to meet the workers’ demands from the regional businesses of Australia, i.e. workers needed to work on farms. Hence, the government wants new foreign workers (entering Australia after the expansion of the visa program) to work in the country’s regional areas to meet the labour shortage issues, especially on farms.
Here are the key benefits of a Subclass 462 visa:
As an applicant of this visa, you need to,
What is the cost of a Subclass 462 visa?
The visa fees of the Subclass 462 visa is AUD 485. In INR, it will be Rs.23, 110.01. Apart from the above fees, you will also have to pay the other charges, i.e.
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