Third Working Holiday Visa - Changes upcoming July 2024

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1. Posted by SamParsons14 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I previously entered Australia in 2013 on a Working Holiday Visa and completed my 3 months farm work to obtain the second WHV.

I completed my second year WHV in 2015 and loved every second of it!

After many years, I'm 33 and have a change in circumstances. I've looked into the third year visa changes upcoming in July 2024, and was hopeful of some clarification, as things currently look positive!

From my understanding, on July 1st, I will be able to apply for a third year WHV, regardless of when my first two were and if farm work was completed in either year one or two. I read it as, I'm under 35, have the correct passport etc - my third year extension will be granted?

I only slightly skeptical as my first two visas were such a long time ago, and I can't find any information if this will impact.

Can anyone please advise if my logic/thinking is correct?!

Thanks in advance,
Sam

2. Posted by SamParsons14 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

Sorry to bump, just seeking further reassurance / clarification on the above.

I'm 90% confident as I'm under 35 and have a UK passport I will be all good to go to activate my third year Working Holiday Visa to Australia with no requirements / restrictions come July 1st 2024?

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 6010 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

From my reading of the relevant news on the Australian homeaffairs website, I concur. Your situation is basically example 3, so you should be all good to go.

I'm jealous, and hope you'll have a wonderful time again!

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2909 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

The page I'm looking at
( https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-417 )
says that for a 3rd WHV you need to have completed "6 months of specified subclass 417 work​".

So that's different to your understanding that it's available regardless of whether farm work was completed previously.

I can't see anything about limits on when your previous WHVs had to be, so I think on that score you're fine. The only other challenge is likely to be providing payslips etc from so long ago.

Edit: I see from Sander's link that the work requirement is apparently waived for British passport holders. It's a shame their info isn't consistent across their website!

[ Edit: Edited on 12 Dec 2023, 14:57 GMT by AndyF ]

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 6010 posts) 11w 1 Star this if you like it!

@Andy: That visa page doesn't yet show the new situation which will be in effect for UK passport holders come July 1 2024. Up until that date, 6 months of specified work is necessary. Afterward, it isn't.