Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417)

Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa holders Work and travel in Australia for a period of 12 months from the date they arrive in Australia.

About This Visa
Only passport holders from the following countries may apply for a subclass 417 visa:

  • Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, HKSAR*, Ireland, Italy, Japan , South Korea ,Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

* Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (includes British National Overseas passport holders).

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 30;
  • Must apply from outside of Australia;
  • Have a minimum of AUD 5000 available upon arrival in Australia;
  • Not have held a subclass 417 visa previously;
  • Intend to travel to Australia within 12 months of the visa being issued;
  • Not have any dependent children; and
  • Have a complete health and character test (at own cost).

Subclass 417 visa holders may:

    • Work and travel in Australia for a period of 12 months from the date they arrive in Australia (limited to 6 months for any one employer);
    • Leave and re-enter Australia as many times as they like for the duration of the visa;
    • Study for a maximum of 4 months;
    • Visa holders who have completed three months of regional and specified employment may be eligible to apply for a second working holiday visa.

Note: Specified work is defined as, but not limited to, harvest work, fruit picking, fishing and pearling, mining and construction. This work must be in a regional area of Australia that does not include major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.

How can CTG Lawyers help you?
Working Holiday (subclass 417) visas can be refused for several reasons. Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa applications have strict criteria which must be met and there are very few waiver provisions for the age, English language and skill requirements.

To satisfy these requirements, it is essential that all applications are assessed, structured and lodged in a way that meets all applicable DIBP law and policy. CTG Lawyers has the expertise to handle the most complex cases and achieve the best outcomes in circumstances where the applicant would have failed had they applied without our support.

What to do next

To get the right advice, contact us for a consultation with one of our specialist advisors.


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