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Government Makes Life Easier for Working Holiday Makers

07/02/2021

COVID-19 Working Holiday 417 Working Holiday 462

Has your Working Holiday-Maker (WHM) visa been affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic? 

From July 1st, 2021 holders of WHM visas (subclass 417 and 462) will be treated as if they have not held their most recent WHM visas when applying for subsequent visas.

This will restore many applicants’ eligibility for a first, second, third or even fourth WHM visa if their most recent visa was affected by the pandemic.

The changes to visa eligibility don’t stop there, if you hold one WHM visa you will not be required to complete 3 months of specified work in order to apply for a second WHM visa.

If you are on your second WHM visa, you will be required to work just 3 months of specified work for your third WHM visa and if you are on your third WHM visa you only need 6 months of specified work to apply for a fourth WHM visa.

Also as of the 8th of May, 2021 the tourism and hospitality industries have been added to the list of Covid-19 critical sectors, meaning WHM visa holders will no longer have to request permission to work longer than 6 months in a job in these industries. 

WHM visa holders who have had to leave Australia early because of the pandemic event or who were not able to come to Australia do not have to pay the Visa Application Charge (VAC) for a subsequent WHM visa.

This is also the case for WHM visa holders who were granted a Pandemic Event visa (subclass 408).

Some relief for Working Holiday Makers! WHM visas are some of the many visa options available to you, contact Easy Migrate on +61 (08) 9221 4888 or book an appointment using the following link to discuss your visa options – https://easymigrate.as.me/schedule.php.

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