Changes to the Working Holiday Maker visa program

Posted: November 2018

The Australian Government has announced changes to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa program to support regional and rural communities.

Changes to the WHM visa program include:

  • Expanding the regional areas where visa holders can work in agriculture (plant and animal cultivation) to qualify for a second visa.
  • Increasing the period visa holders can stay with the same agricultural (plant and animal cultivation) employer, from 6 to 12 months.
  • The option of a third-year visa from 1 July 2019, for those who have worked 6 months in regional areas during their second year.
  • Increase the eligible age for subclass 417 visa applicants from Canada and Ireland to 35.

Note: no change is being made to the existing Northern Australia concessions.

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