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How can backpackers visit Australia and get a work visa while sightseeing?

Would backpackers have to apply for work permits following recent announcement by Australia's prime minister? For how long would they be allowed to stay?

  • Australian Visa Options
    February 01, 2022

    Working Holiday visa holders have work rights and can work for any employer for up to six months at a time. Due to current COVID-19 concessions, this has been extended to more than six months and will be reviewed in December 2022. If they meet the requirements, they can apply for a second or third Working Holiday visa, each valid for another 12 months. As employers are often impressed with these workers, they are frequently offered sponsored work visas as they wish to retain them working in their businesses for a longer period of time.

  • VisaConnect
    January 21, 2022

    The Backpackers Visa is officially known as the Australian Working Holiday visa (subclass 417); backpackers can apply from an eligible country, who are aged between 18 and 30 years. Applicants can work for up to six months for the same employer and holiday in Australia, and stay up to 12 months. Note that citizens of Canada, France and Ireland are eligible to apply for the visa in the following age range: 18-35 years. Once your visa is approved, you can travel to Australia in 2022 without needing a COVID-19 travel exemption. It is possible to apply for a second Working holiday visa, provided that you undertake a 'specified work' for four months or more on your first Working Holiday visa. If you plan to work for longer than six months for an employer and you have a job sponsorship, then you can consider another visa category such as the TSS, 482 Temporary Skilled Work visa.

  • January 21, 2022

    The Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) lets people between the ages of 18 and 30, (for Canadian, French and Irish citizens it is 18 to 35 years) to have their first extended holiday in Australia and work in Australia to help fund their trip. ​​​​​​​​​​​You must have a passport from an eligible country or jurisdiction. You can apply for a second Working Holiday visa if you meet certain eligibility criteria. From January 19, 2022, Working Holiday visa holders working in any sector anywhere in Australia may continue to work for the same employer or organization without requesting permission. This arrangement will be in place until December 31, 2022, when it will be reviewed by the government. The government has also announced that Working Holiday visa holders who arrive in Australia from January 19, 2022, to April 19, 2022, can apply for a refund of their visa application charge.