Are you on a Working Holiday in Australia? If yes, then this News is for you.
Recently the Australian Government announced changes to the Working Holiday Maker visa program to assist bush fire recovery for affected communities throughout Australia. These changes are aimed at working holiday makers being included in bush fire recovery at declared disaster areas or other eligible localities designated as ‘specified work’.
What is Working Holiday Maker Visa Program? How does this Affect Me?
The Working Holiday Maker visa program comprises Working Holiday Visa subclass 417, and Work and Holiday Visa subclass 462, which allows young adults from eligible countries to have an extended holiday in Australia while being able to work here to fund their trip. Working Holiday Maker visas allow the visa holder to stay in Australia for up to 12 months and undertake ‘specified work’ on a short-term basis.
These visas can granted up to three times, however if you have previously been in Australia on a Working Holiday Maker visa you must have undertaken 3 months of specified work during your first visa to become eligible for a second visa. To become eligible for a third visa you must have undertaken 6 months of specified work during your second visa.
Under the current changes the Department is allowing Working Holiday Maker visa holders assisting in bush fire recovery to undertake work, including paid work, with the same employer for up to 12 months. Moreover, this work will be considered as ‘specified work’ making you eligible for the next working holiday maker visa.
Book your consultation with us if you want to know more about this visa program or if are seeking assistance with your current situation. You can make an appointment with our Registered Migration Agents by calling 02 46261002 or email email@example.com