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1. Posted by LauraC87 (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

Heya!!
Im off to Oz for a year in August (soo excited)! Whilst im there i am thinking of doing fruit picking so I can get my second year visa! I know you have to do three months to get your second years visa, sorry if I sound a bit thick but can anybody clarify if this is 12 weeks (7 days a week) worth of work? and can you spread this out over the year?
Thanks,
Laura x x

2. Posted by taff (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Hey Laura,
its worth doing your fruit picking in order to extend your visa. I have just fin my 3 months yay!
Yes you can spread it out over the year or just do it in 1 block. So long as you are employed for full time work for 3 months (or 88 days) in total. So long as the farmer classes your work as full time this is ok and you dont have to work 7 days.
For example we did 4 weeks picking grapes for 3-5 days a week and then the other eight grading potatoes for 5 days a week. So in total worked around 70 days but was employed for 88, this meets the extension requiremaents.
Hope this helps!
Carrie

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 8y

This page on the DIAC website lays out the seasonal work requirement for a 2nd WHV.

4. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 8y

Quoting taff

Hey Laura,
its worth doing your fruit picking in order to extend your visa. I have just fin my 3 months yay!
Yes you can spread it out over the year or just do it in 1 block. So long as you are employed for full time work for 3 months (or 88 days) in total. So long as the farmer classes your work as full time this is ok and you dont have to work 7 days.
For example we did 4 weeks picking grapes for 3-5 days a week and then the other eight grading potatoes for 5 days a week. So in total worked around 70 days but was employed for 88, this meets the extension requiremaents.
Hope this helps!
Carrie

Hi, how easy did you find getting a seasonal job? im back off to Australia end of July to do my 3 months of farm work so i can extend my visa.

5. Posted by WelshEmma (Budding Member 33 posts) 8y

I'm looking to do seasonal work too in order to renew my visa, I'm currently 30 and turn 31 next feb, leaving for Aus end of August and just wondering will I be able to get this kind of work before next Feb? Being 'seasonal'? Is this kind of work available all year round?? I'm kind of worried I won't be able to get 3 months in before I turn 31 - I have to apply to renew my visa before then.

WelshEmma

6. Posted by LauraC87 (Budding Member 19 posts) 8y

Iv heard that a place called Nomads on Murray is a good place to stay, its about 2 hours from Adelaide! On their website it says there is seasonal work available all year round!! The hostel looks good aswel for a working hostel! Has anyone had any experience with them before???
Laura x x

7. Posted by prendy98 (Full Member 78 posts) 8y

http://jobsearch.gov.au/harvesttrail/ - government website for seasonal work - gives you an idea of the kinda work available and Yes it 365 days a year seasonal ;) But make sure when contacting about jobs to state your on a WHV or most hostels advertise seasonal work on their notice boards

8. Posted by WelshEmma (Budding Member 33 posts) 8y

Thanks for that....can someone just clarify, how does it work? Does your employer write a letter confirming you have done the work to show to get your 2nd year visa??

9. Posted by prendy98 (Full Member 78 posts) 8y

http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/417/specified-work.htm

"The department may contact you to confirm you meet the specified work requirement, and may request evidence that the actual work was undertaken in regional Australia. Acceptable evidence of specified work (completed while on your first Working Holiday visa) includes either:

- original or certified copies of payslips, group certificates, payment summaries, tax returns or employer references

or

- a completed employment verification form. "