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Working Holiday Visa 

Working Holiday Visa SC 462

Australia has a rich tradition of embracing international students, temporary laborers, and tourists. To expand access for foreign visitors, the government introduced various new visa pathways.

Among these is the working holiday visa (subclass 462), designed for young individuals from specific countries, granting them the opportunity to enjoy a holiday in Australia for a maximum of 12 months.

Working holiday visa

To Be Eligible:


  • A working holiday subclass 462 visa is a great way to explore what Australia has to offer. You get to enjoy your stay and experience the culture in a very hands-on way. To be eligible for an Australian working holiday visa, you must meet the following requirements:

    • Be between 18 and 30 years old (inclusive)
    • Have sufficient funds to stay in Australia for the duration of your holiday
    • Can take up short-term work while staying in the country
    • Have a valid passport from an eligible country (see below)


Eligible Countries:


  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Crush Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Pero
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam

Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 462) Educational Requirements


The Department of Foreign Affairs and/or Immigration Department has specified the following educational requirements that must be met by every applicant before being granted a working holiday visa:

      • You must have completed two years of undergraduate university study or a degree. Furthermore, the only acceptable tertiary qualifications to be submitted as proofs of compliance are:
        • Degree
        • Graduate certificate
        • Diploma
      • You cannot submit certificates for I to IV levels of qualification or senior secondary certificates.

For Israeli working holiday visa SC 462 applicants, they are required to submit evidence that they hold a senior secondary certificate of education, completed military service, or were exempted from it. The same goes for applicants from the USA, except they’re not asked to submit a paper about military service. But they should strictly provide a senior secondary certificate of education or something similar to the certificate.

    What You Can Do with a Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)


    A work and holiday visa is a government-approved program that allows foreigners to travel and work in Australia. They can enter the country, gain short-term employment for the duration of their stay and explore its natural beauty. In essence, the Australian working holiday visa provides the best of both worlds. It also provides the following benefits:

    • Stay in Australia for 12 months
    • Work in Australia for up to 6 months
    • Study in Australia for up to 4 months
    • Apply for a second and third visa

    Note: Each job will be paid for at the rate decided by the Australian rates and commission.

      Who Can Apply for a Working Holiday Visa?


      This in-demand visa with its amazing benefits will be granted to applicants who:

      • Are between 18 and 30
      • Hold a valid passport from their home country
      • Demonstrate good English writing and speaking proficiency
      • Do not have dependent children who will join or travel with you
      • Are willing to work in an approved position in Australia

        Working Holiday Visa 462 Processing Times


        The Australian working holiday visa 462 processing times vary, depending on the number of applications being processed at any given time.

        Working Holiday Visa Subclass 462 Processing Time
        25% 50% 75% 90%
        First Work and Holiday Visa 2 Days 15 Days 38 Days 63 Days
        Second Work and Holiday Visa 2 Days 15 Days 38 Days 63 Days
        Third Work and Holiday Visa 2 Days 15 Days 38 Days 63 Days

            Working Holiday Maker (Subclass 417) Visas


            This visa program is similar to the working holiday visa SC 462 but has its differences. This is because the latter has more strict eligibility requirements, while the former is more lenient to applicants. The exact differences can be summed up as:

            • A 462 visa requires an educational certificate, whereas a 417 visa does not
            • Unlike the 462 Visa, the 417 visa does not require proof of English language proficiency
            • You require a letter of support from your government (if necessary) for a 462 visa but 417 does not

            A WHM visa Subclass 417 allows you to

            • Travel in and around Australia for 12 months as long as your visa is valid
            • Earn cash while exploring the country through full-time, part-time, or casual work
            • Learn new things through Australian courses for up to4 months
            • Extend your stay in the country up to twice

            Important Notice Before Applying for a Working Holiday Maker (SC 417)

            From March 2022, some eligible present and former WHM holders in Australia will be able to apply for a working holiday maker (WHM) visa with zero visa application charge (VAC). Former WHM visa holders who have transitioned to another visa (such as the 408 COVID-19 Pandemic Event visa) will be able to apply for an onshore nil VAC WHM visa once the department finalises arrangements. Further details are available on their official website here.