The news is out! The Australian government has made changes to the Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417).
And you must be wondering, what has changed? Are we better off or is it getting worse?
Source used: Homeaffairs
One of the main changes that has been made is that when you are on a Working Holiday Visa, you now no longer have to leave your job after 6 months. Before this change, while being on the WHV, you were allowed to work for a company no longer than 6 months. After these 6 months you had to change jobs. With the new rules, you can continue to work for this business from 6 to 12 months. The new rules apply on any agricultural employer.
There is an option for a third-year. Previous to these changes, you were able to ‘earn’ a 2nd visa-year by working in agriculture. The new rules make you eligible for a third year. This means that you can create a third-year visa if you are a subclass 417 holder and if you undertake 6 months of specified work in a specified regional area during your second year – starting after 1st of July 2019.
If you are a Canadian or an Irish citizen you are very lucky. Starting from the 1st of November this year, 2018, you will be eligible to apply for a Working Holiday Visa up to and including the age of 35.
The main aim with these changes if to help Australian farmers. The changes above will make it more interesting for a larger group of ‘backpackers’ to work and help these farmers. There is a larger age group, you don’t have to find a new place to work after 6 months and you can get yourself a third year by helping farmers out in your second year.
I hope the Australian government will keep helping us out and keep making Australia more of an option for all of us!
Are you interested in visiting Australia? Have a look on Home Affairs for more information.