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Difference between 417 Working Holiday Visas & 462 Work and Holiday Visas

A Working Holiday Visa is a popular way for young people to holiday in Australia for an extended period while working to finance their travels. There are a couple of different ‘flavours’ to the working holiday visa however which may cause confusion for some.

What is the Difference between 417 Working Holiday Visas & 462 Work and Holiday Visas?

It’s a great question, and we’ve had quite a few of our visitors flagging confusion with all this talk of 417 and 462 visas? 

Both the 417 and 462 Working Holiday visa classes allow non-Australian citizens from certain countries, who are aged between 18 and 30 years of age to visit Australia on a working holiday. They do, however, some key differences.

Who can apply?

Working Holiday (subclass 417) visas are open to people who hold a passport from from the following countries:

Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan or the United Kingdom.

Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visas are open to people who hold a passport from the following countries

Argentina, Austria, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, Uruguay or Vietnam.

How do the visa requirements between the 462 and 417 Visa vary?

  • Unlike the subclass 417 Working Holiday visa, subclass 462 visa applicants are required to possess specific educational requirements. 
  • Most 462 visa applicants require a letter of support for a first visa application from their country of origin’s government (unless they are from Argentina, China, Israel, Singapore or the United States), while 417 visa holders do not.
  • 462 visa holders require evidence of functional English (except for American citizens), while 417 visa holders do not. 

Is there a difference between the maximum length of stay between the 417 and 462 Visas?

Difference between the 417 Working Holiday Visa and 462 Work and Holiday Visa
This is a difference between the 417 Working Holiday Visa and the 462 Work and Holiday Visa however they are only minor

Both the 417 and 462 Visas are granted for a period of 12 months and both visa classes generally allow for periods of work for up to 6 months at a time with any single Australian employer.

To align with the Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa programme, from November 2016, the law was changed to allow subclass 462 visa holders to apply for a second Work and Holiday visa.

However, there are a number of key differences between the 417 Working Holiday Visas & 462 Work and Holiday Visas which remain in the type of specified work that can be undertaken to qualify for a second 462, or 417 visa.

One notable difference is the availability of Tourism and Hospitality work to ‘unlock’ a second subclass 462 visas.

So to summarise:

Difference between 417 and 462 visa

How do the visa requirements vary?

  • 462 visas have education requirements, while 417 visas do not.  
  • 462 visas require a letter of support from your government of origin (unless you’re from the U.S.), while 417 visas do not.  
  • 462 visas also require evidence of functional English, while 417 visas do not.  

We hope this helps clear up any confusion over 417 and 462 visas. If you have any further comments or questions, please feel free to post them below, and we’ll look to assist where we can.

If you are looking for Jobs in Australia for Working Holdiay Visa holders, check out our latest job listings by clicking here.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts!

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