Breaking news! After successful talks between the Australian and Philippines governments on 8 September 2023, a new reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement will allow citizens from both countries to enjoy a 12-month holiday in each other’s country as early as 2024!
Exciting! What are some key things I need to know about the 462 visa to Australia?
The Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) allows the visa holder to study for up to 4 months, make multiple entries into Australia, and work in Australia (usually not forthe same employer for more than 6 months). Essentially, as the name of the visa suggests, you can work and holiday in Australia while your visa is valid.
You must be aged 18 to 30 years old (inclusive and to be confirmed by the Department of Home Affairs) at the time of your visa application and will need to show sufficient funds to support your initial 3-month stay in Australia (at least AUD5,000) and buy your flight ticket home. The current 462 visa fee this financial year is AUD635.
You will also need to show evidence of Functional English and may be required to hold tertiary-level qualifications. Once your 462 visa is granted and you perform 3 months of specified 462 work, you may even become eligible for a second 462 visa!
Is there anything else that I should be aware of?
The new 462 visa arrangement will allow up to 200 young Filipinos and Australians each year to stay in each other’s country for up to 12 months while working and holidaying. Once this annual limit is reached, applicants must wait till the new financial year beginning on 1 July before lodging their application. The Department of Home Affairs is still finalising details for this scheme, so stay tuned to our social media channels for the latest updates!
I understand, so how can I fulfill my dream of staying on in Australia?
We will be more than happy to assist you! Just get in touch with our friendly team via our website. Once you do that, sit back and relax as we guide you through the entire process of applying for the relevant visas!
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