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2nd year in OZ WHV

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1. Posted by Ricardo (Budding Member 79 posts) 10y

Just a quickie guys?I just wanted to know do you have to spend exactly 1 full year in OZ on your first working holiday visa to qualify for the 2nd year or can you just be there for say 9-10 months.Any advice on this would be very much appreciated:)
Cheers

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 10y

As far as I'm aware, the qualifications for a 2nd WHM visa are:

- You've done seasonal work for at least 3 months on your 1st WHM visa
- You're still otherwise eligible for a WHM visa

There's no need to have been in Australia for a fixed time on the 1st visa, as long as you've done that 3 month seasonal work (what counts as this is on the link below).

Details on eligibility for 2nd WHM visa are located here on the DIMA website.

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

No you don't. You can apply for the 2nd visa at any time before the first 12-months is up. You can also apply after you leave Oz anytime up until you turn 31. If your 2nd visa is granted before the FIRST 12 months is up your total allowable time in Oz is 24 months from the date of FIRST entry on the FIRST visa. So you lose nothing.

Go here http://www.studyworkandtravel.com/html/templates/WHV.htm if you need more detailed information. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

4. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 10y

Quoting majito

If your 2nd visa is granted before the FIRST 12 months is up your total allowable time in Oz is 24 months from the date of FIRST entry on the FIRST visa. So you lose nothing.

If you choose this option, its worth remembering that it is a new WHM visa - meaning that the 6 month rule with an employer begins from scratch again! So effectively, if you time it right you could work for an employer for up to 12 months in one go.

5. Posted by Ricardo (Budding Member 79 posts) 10y

Cheers for the advice guys.There is some good stuff to think about there.:)

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

Is there a restriction on when you use your second WHM Visa?

Like can you leave for a year after your first year is up and then return on your 2nd WHM visa???

7. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 10y

You can certainly leave Australia when you 1st WHM visa is about to expire, and then apply for the 2nd WHM visa at a later date. The 2nd WHM visa can be applied for either in Australia while still on the 1st visa, or at a future date when you're outside of Australia!

The 2nd WHM visa has the same requirements as the 1st, i.e. age you need to be when applying, if applying outside of Australia you have 1 year from grant date to get to Australia, and from the entry date the 1 year begins for the visa!

Do check out the official information from DIMA (Aussie immigration) in regards to the 2nd WHM visa - located here!