How to work in Australia ?
WHICH VISA SHOULD YOU APPLY FOR ?
The working holiday visa (WHV) is perfect for young travellers who wants to be able to work in Australia for up to a year while visiting the country !
Note that other visas might be more appropriate to your specific needs and circumstances, but I will focus here only on the subclass 417 (the visa we have applied for). There is a useful tool on the Australian Government website to help you determine which visa would best suit your needs : the Visa Finder.
WHAT ARE YOU ALLOWED TO DO ?
This visa allows you to:
- stay in Australia (max 12 months starting the day of your first entry)
- work in Australia (max 6 months with the same employer)
- study (max 4 months)
- leave and re-enter Australia as much as you want while the visa is valid (please consider that the visa length is not extended while travelling in other countries)
VISA #417 REQUIREMENTS
In order to getting approved for this visa, you should meet some requirements:
- Hold a valid passeport from an eligible country (Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan, UK).
- Are between the ages of 18 and 30 (not yet 31)
- Not have a child coming with you
They might ask in some cases:
- Health examinations. It seems that it is asked when you come from specific countries or when you spent more than 3 months in these countries during the last five years or even when you intend to work in some specific sectors such as jobs implying working with kids.
- Character requirements. You might be asked to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age.
Please note that you should wait until they ask you to provide such things. They did not ask us to send such documents but this could happen.
Additional entry requirement
They might ask you (at the airport immigration in Australia) to provide evidence that you have enough money to support yourself on a working holiday (about AUD 5000 -> +/- EUR 3300 ).
The Visa Fee may change from time to time and FYI, we paid:
440 AUD = +/- 300 EUR
DO IT YOURSELF GUIDE
But first, watch up:
- You need to be outside of Australia to apply for this visa!
- You will have to enter the country for the first time within one year starting from the application date. Consequently, do not apply too early. We did it 3 months beforehand. This way, our visa has been granted on the first of June 2017 and we must make our first entry to Australie before the first of June 2018.
The application is quite simple if you understand English since everything is done online and you just need to fill in personal information and answer a few questions (you do not need to upload any documents).
- Go on the Australian Government Website to create an Immi Account.
- Then connect on this same website with your email and password you chose. I found a very useful website for those of you who speak French : step-by-step in French. Each step is very well translated and explained on this website. I did not used it at the time since the application is quite straightforward but it can be useful in case you are hesitant about some points.
I just googled “de facto” when it is asked about your relationship status since I didn’t know what it means. Actually, according to the Australian government a person is in a de facto relationship with another person if they: are not married to each other but are in a genuine and continuing relationship and live together (or are not living apart on a permanent basis). They probably include this relationship status for those who apply for a visa requiring to be on a de facto relationship to be approved.
Then I was also hesitant about what to answer to the question “what is your highest qualification?” and I found out that I had to choose “College Degree” since I graduated from university, but I noted afterwards that everything is explained on the website I just mentioned here above.
- Once you have filled in the application, you still need to pay by credit card in order for your application to be assessed. Note that credit card fees apply… Please read carefully the information you provided before paying… the visa fees are not refundable in case of refusal because you misstated some information.
- Once it is paid, you should receive an “IMMI Acknowledgement of Application Received” email saying that they received your visa application. Now, you just need to wait…. But in our case, we immediately received another email “IMMI Grant Notification” saying that our visas have been granted.
- That’s an electronic visa and you don’t need to print it, it will be electronically linked to your passport. However, I did it just in case you know, better be safe than sorry!
The processing time and approval might be different in your case. In my opinion, it depends on:
– the country you lived in for more than 3 months -> depending on the country, they might ask you to take medical tests. I heard that it has been asked to people that lived more than 3 months in Colombia and Thailand for instance.
– what you answer about your judicial past -> they might ask your criminal record.
Good Luck ! And Please write a comment if you think this article is useful 🙂