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1. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 10y

Hi Everyone

Working Holiday Maker Visa Expansion
From July, backpackers who work in primary industries such as fishing, pearling, shearing, butchery and forestry, will also be able to apply for a second 12-month Working Holiday Maker visa.

Also, from July backpackers will be able to work with one employer for up to six months. This was previously 3-months.

That's a change for the better!

Majito

2. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

Ahh, thats great news, i'll pass that onto a few people!

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

This is really good news. Now that backpackers can work for up to 6 months it will definitely allow for some better savings while working. As far as I can see, here's a run down on the changes:

Before July 1, 2006

  • Work for the same employer for up to three months

  • Study for a maximum of three months

  • Extend their visa for a second year if taking on seasonal work, defined as work associated with packing or processing harvest.


After July 1, 2006

  • Work for the same employer for up to six months

  • Study for a maximum of four months

  • Extend their visa for a second year if taking on seasonal work, with definition expanded to include such primary industries as pearling, fisheries, shearing, butchery, forestation etc.

Great news for all those planning a trip down under on a working holiday maker visa!!

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Quoting Sam I Am

This is really good news. Now that backpackers can work for up to 6 months it will definitely allow for some better savings while working....

You mean more drinking money

5. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

Just out of interest though...i got granted my visa just before xmas so i'm assuming that this change won't come into affect with me???

6. Posted by cork girl (Budding Member 25 posts) 10y

Unfortunately it doesn't work for anyone who has received their visa before 1st July. This condition only works for people who apply for a visa on or after 1st July! Did a bit of research during the week over this as I thought it would work so well for my last 5 months in Oz!! Damn and blast John Howard!!!

7. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 10y

thank goodness i havent applied for mine yet! so i should wait to july to apply for it. For travel in oct/nov. Im wondering now is there a limit on visas granted. Would that be too short a time to allow for getting one granted?

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 10y

Quoting smythy

thank goodness i havent applied for mine yet! so i should wait to july to apply for it. For travel in oct/nov. Im wondering now is there a limit on visas granted. Would that be too short a time to allow for getting one granted?

No limit and it takes about 5-10 days max to get one via the department of immigration website (provided you don't have a police record, haven't fought in former Yugoslavia etc.). So if I was you, I'd wait

9. Posted by jenko2 (Full Member 123 posts) 10y

glad i read this post will wait till i get mine.

10. Posted by memeblack (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Hey,

So leme get this straight...if i have worked in the seasonal industry or shearing then i can apply for a second holiday visa...i have worked in both areas on my whv in 2003 for 3 months but only one job was tax paying. how do the immigration guys check out ur details for this work......I imagine confirmation frm the farmer/employer is not enough eh??. I hear wwooofing is also being accepted as part of the 3 months. is this thru??

Ta