Australia's Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) is a visa that enables young people from Japan and other eligible countries to holiday and work in Australia for up to a year.
There is no limit in the number of people that can be granted this visa in a year. If certain requirements are met, this visa can be granted twice in a lifetime.
You need to satisfy the following to be granted a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417):
General requirements are,
- you need to have a valid passport from an eligible country,
- you need to be an age between 18 and 30 at the time you lodge your visa application,
- you need to satisfy character and health requirements,
- you need to have enough money to support yourself (about AUD 5,000),
- will not be accompanied by dependent children during you stay in Australia, and
- declare that you will respect the values of Australia and abide by the laws of Australia.
First Working Holiday visa requirements are,
- you need to be outside of Australia when you lodge the visa and when you are granted the visa and
- you must have no record of entering Australia on a Working Holiday visa.
Second Working Holiday visa requirements are,
- you need to have entered Australia with a first Working Holiday visa and complied with all the visa conditions,
- you need to have completed three months of specified work in regional Australia while on your first Working Holiday visa,
See: Working Holiday Visa > Visa applicants > Regional area
See: Working Holiday Visa > Visa applicants > Specified work
- you need to be outside of Australia to be granted the visa if you applied for the visa while outside of Australia and need to be inside of Australia to be granted the visa if you applied for the visa while inside of Australia.
You can do the following activities if you are granted a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417):
- you need to enter Australia with 12 months of being granted the visa,
- you can stay for up to 12 months from the first day you entered Australia with this visa
- you are able to travel in and out of Australia any number of times while the visa is valid
- you can study for up to four months
- you can work, generally for up to six months with each employer, but can work up to 12 months with an employer if you are permitted by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Note: Information on applying to work for up to 12 months with an employer can be found at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Empl/WHM-six-months-one-employer
Note: Stay period when granted a second Working Holiday visa
Many second Working Holiday visa holders are found overstaying their visa period due to misunderstanding of their visa period. The below examples should help you understand your visa period.
The general and most common method of applying for a Working Holiday visa is by applying for the visa online.
1) The credit card must be a Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diners or JCB card and does not need to be a card held by the applicant. Check card and debit card is not acceptable.
2) ImmiAccount is an online service run by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and an account can be created at http://www.border.gov.au/immiaccount
3) You can have you health examination either before or after submitting your visa application. Detailed information on health examination can be found at Health Examination for Visa Applicants
4) Online Working Holiday visa application can be lodged at www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Appl/Working-holiday
5) The current visa application charge for Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) can be found in the Visa Pricing Estimator.
6) Additional or supporting documents can be attached to your online application through ImmiAccount
See: Attach documents to an online application
If you have enquiries on the Working Holiday visa applied online, please use the following online enquiry forms:
Information on the visa processing time can be found at Application Processing Time Service Standards.
When you work in Australia, you have the same work rights and responsibilities as an Australian. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides help and information on fair work rights.
See: Fair Work Ombudsman
The below information should be useful for Japanese citizens on a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) in Australia.
- Fair Work Ombudsman’s website with information in Japanese www.fairwork.gov.au/contact-us/language-help/japanese
- Embassy of Japan in Australia’s website http://www.au.emb-japan.go.jp/ (Canberra)
- Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney’s website http://www.sydney.au.emb-japan.go.jp/
- Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne’s website http://www.melbourne.au.emb-japan.go.jp/
- Consulate-General of Japan in Brisbane’s website http://www.brisbane.au.emb-japan.go.jp/
- Branch Office of Japan in Cairns’ website www.brisbane.au.emb-japan.go.jp/en/about/cairns.html
- Consulate-General of Japan in Perth’s website www.perth.au.emb-japan.go.jp