The second year visa for the Australian working holiday program is a type of visa that is only available if you previously had a first year working holiday visa (417 or 462). This visa is very similar to the first year working vacation visa and allows you to work to support your vacation in Australia, but there are some notable differences between the two visas.
If you are applying for a second working holiday visa, you will need to meet a specific set of criteria and you will need to start from scratch (you cannot continue with your previous first year visa).
Below is more information on whether you can apply for a second year visa, how to apply, and what work you can do to qualify for a visa.
Types of Second Year Visas for Work and Holiday Australia
There are two main types of working holiday visa for the second year.
- Subclass 417 of the working holiday visa for the second year.
- Subclass 462 of the second year working holiday visa.
You must apply for the same subclass you were in on your first year visa. For example, if your first year visa was in subclass 417, you cannot apply for a second year working holiday visa in subclass 462 and vice versa.
Eligibility Criteria for a Second Working Holiday Visa
You may be eligible to apply for a second subclass working holiday visa if
- You had a working holiday visa 417 or a subclass 462 visa in the first year.
- You are between the ages of 18 and 30 (Irish, Canadian and French nationals may apply for a 417 visa up to the age of 35).
- You entered Australia on a First Year Holiday visa 417, 462 or a Substance visa.
- You have a substantial visa or, if you are applying for a second year visa in Australia, your visa must have 28 days or less remaining.
- You have met all the conditions that applied to your previous first year visa.
- You must be from one of the 417 countries eligible for a working holiday visa:
- Republic of Cyprus
- Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including holders of a
- British overseas passport)
- Republic of Ireland
- Republic of Korea
- Taiwan (except official or diplomatic passports)
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- For the second year of the 462 Working Holiday Visa, you must be from one of the following countries:
- People’s Republic of China
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
- Slovak Republic
- United States of America
Documents Required for a Second Working Holiday Visa
To apply for a Working Holiday/Second Year visa, you must submit the following documents.
- You must submit a copy of the page of your passport with your personal information, a photo, date of issue and expiration date.
- A copy of your birth certificate. Make sure your birth certificate includes the full names of your parents. If you cannot provide a birth certificate, you must provide a similar official document that includes both parents’ names.
- Proof of name change (if applicable).
- Proof of sufficient funds; you must show at least AUD5,000 to qualify for a second year working holiday visa.
- However, if you are applying from Australia, you do not need to provide proof of funds.
- Proof of work; you must show that you have done the work specified in your first year working visa (see below).
- This includes pay stubs, letters of recommendation from employers, tax certificates, etc.
- If you have done volunteer work related to wildfires, you must provide the following information:
- A letter from your volunteer coordinator or host organization.
- A description of the volunteer work you performed.
- The location (including zip code) where you volunteered.
- The number of days you volunteered.
- Documentation of the letter.
- Form 956a (support form).
- Form 956.
How Do I Apply for a Second Year Working Holiday Visa?
To obtain a working holiday visa for the second year, you must apply online through ImmiAccount. You must submit scanned copies of the required documents, as well as both versions of documents translated into English.
Once the documents are attached, the application will not be processed until payment for the visa is made.
Please note that if you have dependents, you must complete this visa application form (online applications are not accepted).
How Much Does a Second Year Working Holiday Visa Cost?
The fee for a working holiday visa for the second year is AUD485. This is the fee you need to submit through ImmiAccount. Additional fees may apply for medical examinations and fingerprinting.
How Long Does a Second Holiday Working Visa Take to Process?
Second leave and work visa applications are processed in almost 5 months, but some are processed in less, i.e. within 3 months. The processing time depends on the completeness of the application you submit.
What Jobs Qualify for Second Year Working Holiday Visa?
To qualify for a second-year working holiday visa, you must work in a number of specific industries, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
- Tree care and logging in certain areas of northern Australia.
- Plant and animal husbandry in certain areas of regional Australia.
- Fishing and pearling in northern Australia only.
- Construction work in certain areas of northern Australia and other parts of Australia
- Tourism and hospitality in northern Australia only
- Bushfire recovery work only in declared bushfire-affected areas (after July 31, 2019).
- COVID-19 related health and medical work in any part of Australia (after January 31, 2020).
88 Days Work Rules for Australia Second Year Visa
To be counted toward a second-year working holiday visa, you must have worked 88 days in one of the specific jobs listed above; if you do the required work for 88 days (3 months), your work will count toward your second-year visa.
How Long Can I Stay With a Second Year Working Holiday Visa?
Normally, the length of stay with a second year visa is one year. However, when the year counts depends on when your second year visa is issued.
- If you are in Australia on a first year working holiday visa, your second year visa will start on the day your first year visa expires.
- If you are in Australia on a bridging visa that you obtained after your first year visa expired, your second year visa will start on the day your first year visa expires.
- If you are in Australia on another visa, your second year visa will start on the day it is granted.
- If you are outside Australia, your second year work and vacation visa starts from the date you enter Australia.
Is it possible to stay longer?
No, you cannot stay longer on a second-year working holiday visa, but you may be able to reapply for a third-year work-and-holiday visa (see below).
Can I Travel With a Second Year Working Holiday Visa?
As long as your visa is valid, you can travel on a second year visa.
Can I Bring My Family Members on a Second Year Visa?
You cannot apply for this visa with your family and they cannot come to Australia after you have obtained a visa. Even if you have dependent children, you cannot bring them with you.
Can I Study With a Working Holiday Visa Second Year?
You can only study for four months with this visa. If you want to study full time in Australia, you will need to apply for a student visa.
Can You Apply for a Second Working Holiday Visa in Australia?
Yes, you can apply for a second working holiday visa from Australia, but you must have a previously obtained visa that is valid or expired 28 days before you apply. You must also be in Australia at the time the visa is issued.
Third Year Working Holiday Visa Subclass 417 and 462
If you want to work or travel in Australia one more time, you can apply for a third year working holiday visa. This visa is available in both subclass 417 and subclass 462, and you must apply for your third year visa in the same subclass. For example, if you have a subclass 417 working holiday visa for the first year and then a subclass 417 visa for the second year, you can now apply for a third year visa within the same subclass.
To apply for a third year visa, you must apply online through ImmiAccount and meet the same criteria as you did for your previous second and first year visas. The only difference is that when applying for a third year visa, you will need to provide proof that you have worked in a specific job for six months (as you did for the second year visa), instead of three months.
Also, the third year visa is valid for 12 months and you have to pay the same visa fee (AUD485) as for the previous working holiday visa.