Australia-India Working Holiday Visa Scheme
Age of eligibility – Government announcement
The Government is considering options for expanding the upper age of eligibility from 30 to 35 years, including timeframes, legislative requirements and engagement with partner countries. Reciprocity of arrangements for Australian citizens remains a key feature of the program. The current age of eligibility (18 to 30) will remain in place for the time being.
If you are a passport holder of an eligible country, this visa type will allow you to enter and exit at any border in Australia. You are also allowed to apply for a temporary job for six months to support your travel around Australia.
The Working Holiday visa is only applicable to young applicants who intended to travel to Australia while earning money to support his/her travel for the whole year.
India passport holders are currently not eligible for this scheme. We will keep our eye on the Australian government for any announcement regarding this visa for Indian nationals.
Eligible Countries for Working Holiday Visa 417
- The Republic of Cyprus
- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders)
- The Republic of Ireland
- The Republic of Korea
- The United Kingdom.
Eligible Countries for Work and Holiday Visa 462
The only difference between the two is, they have different eligible countries. There are also no ongoing talks between Australia and India governments about this scheme. Currently, there is no announcement being published.
- China, People’s Republic of
- Slovak Republic
- The United States of America
According to border.gov.au, Australian government allows visa extension for 417 and 462 visas only if they have worked for three months outside major regions of Australia. So if you’re planning to have this type of visa, you can actually have it to stay in Australia for two years.
Alternative Australian Visa for Indian Passport Holders
Don’t lose hope. I know how hard it is to get into Australia. You may try the other visa options such as Work Visa or Temporary Work (long stay) visa subclass 400. Indian nationals have also great chance to get Humanitarian Visa 202.
Currently, we have employers in Australia looking for foreign workers to work with them, but of course, they will do background check first before they let you in. Or you can comment out your profession or skills and years of experience and your email as well.