The Australia Second Working Holiday Visa, also known as the WHM Visa, or (subclass 417) visa gives young people between the ages of 18 and 30 the opportunity to enjoy another year in Australia on a working holiday.
Conditions for being granted Australian Second Working Holiday Visa
Under the Second Year, Working Holiday visa holders are granted casual work rights to help supplement their travel expenditure. However, any work undertaken must be incidental to the holiday stay. Working for one employer for more than six months is strictly prohibited. A second-year visa application can be made in or outside Australia.
If you apply for a visa from Australia, you must be in Australia at the time of granting the visa; conversely, if you apply from outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when the visa is granted.
The Basic Requirements when seeking a Second Working Holiday Visa in Australia include:
- You must be between 18 and 30 years old.
- You must have a valid passport with at least six months left until renewal.
- You must have sufficient funds for your upkeep upon arrival in Australia.
- You must have completed three months, or 88 days doing specified work in regional Australia
Additionally, you must meet these Health and Character Requirements:
- You must not have any serious criminal convictions.
- You must not have any serious medical issues.
Which Specified Jobs Can I Apply For?
You have a wide choice of industries you can work in that make you eligible for a second-year visa. These include agriculture, processing fishing, mining and construction, to name a few. Normally, most second-year visa applicants find work in the form of seasonal work. A list of all jobs that are eligible when renewing your working holiday visa. The Australian government provides a list of all jobs that are eligible to renew your working holiday visa.
What Areas Are Considered As Regional Australia?
Fortunately, you are allowed to complete your detailed work in any state. Some states like Tasmania, South Australia and Northern Territory are considered to be regional as a whole, while others such as Western Australia discourage you from applying in the more populated areas. Every state has its specific postcodes which qualify as regional Australia.
Must I Work With The Same Employer For 3 Months?
You can either work for the same for one specific period or in different periods or work for different employers in different periods. The days of work may also be done in different types of detailed work. For example, you can complete 30 days doing construction work, take a break travelling, and then complete another month as a harvester to get your 88 days.
What evidence of detailed work should I provide?
Keeping evidence of your detailed work is crucial to getting a second working holiday visa. We advise you to have these items in your custody:
- Copies of your pay slips
- Written and signed piecework agreement
- A bank statement about the entire period of specified work that you have declared
- Receipts that have your name including bus tickets, accommodation or meals.
- References are written by an employer on official letterhead
- Tax returns
When Should I Make My Application?
You may apply while still holding a first Working Holiday visa or at a later date. For those intending to extend their visa straight after the first one, it is advisable to apply before your first working holiday visa expires – at least 28 days in advance.
Once your application is granted, you have one year to activate the visa; this can be done by simply entering Australia. If you are onshore when you lodge your application but do not leave, your second-year visa automatically becomes operational upon expiry of your first-year application.
You can make your second-year visa application online, by post or in person.
How Long Is The Processing Time?
Processing time depends on the individual application; some applications are granted within a few days while others can take up to 2 months as investigations are done. It is advisable to upload all your supporting evidence at one go when lodging your application for a second-year visa to avoid experiencing delays in processing.
Please note that as per the Australian Immigration Website:
“Providing a false or misleading declaration or false evidence for any visa application can result in the application being refused or cancelled. If the applicant’s visa is cancelled, they may be prevented from lodging further applications and be excluded from Australia for three years.”