Working holiday visa (subclass 417)

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1. Posted by hannah_pikex (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hi, me and my boyfriend are planning on moving to Sydney hopefully at some stage later in the year. Does anyone know if I can still apply for my visa and how long it would take? (I’m an 22yr Irish citizen). And if my visa is approved are they allowing working holiday visa holders through the border?

Thank yous!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2836 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

One thing you can check is with the Australian Embassy or whatever they call it. Give them a call and check out their website.

With this new variant for this virus you may have to wait a bit longer than normal.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5520 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

You currently cannot come to Australia.

Travel restrictions and exemptions:

You cannot come to Australia unless you are in an exempt category or you have been granted an individual exemption to the current travel restrictions.

None of the listed exemptions would apply to someone wanting to come over on a WHV.

Presumably in half a year or so the worldwide situation will look more hopeful (or at least in Western countries rich enough to have bought vaccines en masse), and Australia will relax its restrictions. I'd certainly wait until then before applying for a WHV. The application process for a WHV is itself (in normal times) very swift.

4. Posted by HomerJ (Budding Member 7 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Just to add;

Australia is effectively Covid controlled and most of the cases are linked to international returns/travellers.

This has resulted in our Govt taking their time with the role out of a vaccine, as rushing it is not really needed. I read that our first vaccinations will start to take place from March or April this year, which will put Australia as covid safe probably into 2022.

I would seriously consider waiting till mid 2022 at the earliest. We had a German exchange student here and when Covid hit we had a lot of trouble getting her on a plane home, at a huge cost.

When you do get here, have a ball!