Up to 500 young Brazilians per year will be able to live, work and study in Australia after the Government announced that they would be extending the work and holiday visa programme to the South American country in the 2022-23 budget handed down earlier this week.
The Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) allows a 12-month stay and costs AUD$495, the average processing time for the visa is 73 days and holders of this visa must complete 3 months of specified subclass 462 work in order to apply for a second visa.
Brazil joins other countries such as Peru, Portugal, the United States, Uruguay, Vietnam and China on the list of countries to which the visa is extended, applicants must be between the ages of 18 to 30. (inclusive)
75 per cent of applications lodged since 1 November 2021 were finalised in 70 days, the Department of Immigration said that processing times may increase as demand for the visa increases.
Australia had an estimated 46,450 Brazilian-born residents in 2018 – an increase of over 800 per cent since 2001 and many Brazilians living in the country have young friends and relatives nack home who could benefit enormously from the scheme.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazil was also the largest source of international students in Australia outside of Asia and the fifth-largest globally.
“Boosting our Work and Holiday program will also provide considerable support to key industries and regional communities as part of focused efforts in our economic recovery,” said federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke.
“Working Holiday-Makers generally stay longer, spend more money in Australia and travel further into regional areas than most other international visitors.”
These Work and Holiday visa places will be filled very quickly, come to Australia and enjoy a swim at the beach, see some of our beautiful wide-open spaces or set yourself up for work on an outback property with this very handy visa, your future in Australia awaits.