The post pandemic recovery being a priority in the immigration platform of the Australian government many programs have been subject to dynamic changes and the Working Holiday visa programs are no exclusion. Holders of Working Holiday Maker subclass 417 and Work and holiday subclass 462 visas who wish to remain in Australia beyond their first 12 month stay are required to undertake specified work in specified areas of Australia before they could successfully access the second and third visa extensions.
Recent amendments included additional type of work which would make holders of these visas eligible for extension which include flood and bushfire recovery work, in certain areas volunteer work and updated areas for hospitality and tourism work.
Paid or unpaid flood recovery work carried out after 31 December 2021 in specified flood affected areas in NSW and Queensland, as listed in the Legislative Instrument, will be eligible specified work for the Working Holiday visa programs. The activies included are construction and other work in association with restitution or restoration of services, land, waterways, property or infrastructure and providing support services or assistance to people living, working or volunteering in the affected areas. Further, paid or unpaid bushfire recovery work after 31 July 2019 in specified bushfire affected areas will continue to be eligible for the Working Holiday visa programs extensions. Last, but not least additional regional post codes were added to the tourism and hospitality pathway to renewal. These postcodes are Queensland 4406, 4416, 4498 and Tasmania 7215, postcode 7001 was, however, removed from the list. These amendments will take effect on 1 July 2022.
Contact Assent Migration Lawyers for assistance with your Working Holiday visa pathways and discover if you have options for permanent migration to Australia