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Australia Work and Holiday Visa-Subclass 462

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 also earn in the mean time through short-term employment. However, only selected countries are the participants in this program. The member countries are different for both above mentioned working holiday visa categories.

India to be included in the Working Holiday Visa program of Australia

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 in the Working Holiday visa program soon.

  1. India
  2. Brazil
  3. Mexico
  4. Philippines
  5. Switzerland
  6. Fiji
  7. Solomon Islands
  8. Croatia
  9. Latvia
  10. Lithuania
  11. Andorra
  12. Monaco
  13. Mongolia

What is the difference between subclass 462 and subclass 417 Visa?

Here is the difference between the two popular working holiday visas meant for the backpackers:

Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) – This particular visa is issued by the Australian government 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 basic/functional level of English language proficiency from the applicant. In the list of new nations to be included in 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.

  • Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417) – The advanced countries feature in the list of uncapped 417 visa scheme, i.e. UK, Canada, Germany and Sweden. It doesn’t require English proficiency from the applicant.

Australian government is planning to extend the program in order to meet the demands for the workers from the regional businesses of Australia, i.e. workers needed to work on farms. Hence, the government wants new foreign workers (entering Australia after expansion of the visa program) to work in the regional areas of the country to meet the labour shortage issues, especially on farms.

Benefits of Subclass 462 visa

Here are the key benefits of Subclass 462 visa:

  • You can do short-term work in Australia to help pay for your holiday
  • You can study for up to 4 months
  • You may travel to and from Australia as many times as you want
  • You can do 3 months of specified subclass 462 work to become eligible for a second Work and Holiday visa
  • You can get the valuable work experience in an advanced country like Australia.

Eligibility requirement for Subclass 462 visa

As an applicant of this visa you needs to,

  • have a passport from an eligible or participant country
  • be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive)
  • apply this visa from outside Australia
  • Meet the basic/functional English proficiency requirement, i.e. IELTS band 4.5 based on the 4 test components of speaking, reading, writing and listening
  • Meet the educational requirement
  • You must provide letter of support from the government depending on your country of origin
  • Meet the health and character requirements
  • Be alone, i.e. not accompanied by dependent children
  • Not have previously entered Australia on a subclass 462 or 417 visa.

What is the Processing time of Subclass 462 visa?

  • 75% of applications for this particular visa gets processed in 15 days
  • 90% of applications for this particular visa gets processed in 35 days

What is the cost of Subclass 462 visa?

The visa fees of 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.

  • Cost of Medical certificate you need to produce
  • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) charges
  • English language (i.e. IELTS) test fees, etc.

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