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Mix Work and Travel Visa

Many people around the world love travelling, and sometimes it gets difficult for them to satiate their love for travel. When you dream of extended holidays every year, you might want to think about options that allow you to earn some money while travelling. That way, you can mix work and travel and make it even more fun.

Travelling is an expensive affair that keeps many people from embarking on their journey around the world. But sometimes, there are other ways around to get through. Travel is not as expensive as it seems, and even if you cannot save a lot of money to spend, you can always find work overseas to fund your stay. It is not as hard as it appears, and it is an option often overlooked by travellers.

Finding work overseas is not a career move; it is just a casual activity. You do not have to plan and take things too seriously; finding work while travelling is a very informal process. If you focus on why you are looking for a job, it will make you realize it is not formal employment or a professional journey, rather a fun course. When you are open to ideas and stay flexible with your options, you will find work anywhere you travel. Economies and industries are built to accommodate such casual work and temporary activities. The most popular example is the casual labour that backpackers or travellers provide to the Australian economy.

Working holiday visa such as the subclass 462 structured by the Department is one of the best ways to visit Australia while working and earning money at the same time. The age limit is generally 18-30 years, so if you are a young traveller and are open to exploring Australia, it could be the perfect option to make money while travelling. You get to stay in the country for around a year and often come across many jobs while travelling at the same time. Funding for the tickets, visa process, and accommodation may entail some saving beforehand! But if you are up for this, it can be one of the best ways to make money and travel.

Work and Travel option integrated into the Australian visa allows foreign tourists to enjoy an extended holiday in Australia while supplementing their funds with short-term work. The holders of such visa categories are allowed multiple entries into and exit from the country while their visa is valid.

Australia has evolved as one of the most dynamic countries in the world. The work and holiday visa is designed to promote tourism and relationships with certain countries. The visa category allows the passport holders of certain countries to stay in the country and work in specified areas to support their stay. However, the holders of such visas are not allowed to work for one employer for more than six months (or less as per the visa conditions).

The processing time for a work and travel (mix) visa category varies based on several internal and external factors. There is also an annual limit on the number of first Work and Holiday visas granted to each country. As the annual limit resets on 1 July for each visa program year, it is suggested to lodge an application for the mixed work and travel category at that time of the year.

Before applying for a mixed work and travel visa, the candidate must ensure that their dependent children (if any) do not accompany them.

Subclass 462 Visa- Work and Holiday Visa This visa category is usually structured for those eligible young adults (18-30 years old) who wish to have an extended holiday and would like to work while travelling. The subclass 462 work and holiday visa and subclass 417 working holiday visa are designed for the young tourists of selected countries under the holiday program visa. This visa is further categorized as –

First Work and Holiday Visa – This visa allows certain eligible tourists (18-30 years old) to have an extended holiday while supplementing their funds by undertaking short- term work in the country.

Second Work and Holiday Visa- This visa allows certain eligible tourists (18-30 years old) who have held or currently hold a work and holiday visa (subclass 462) to have a second work and holiday visa.

Third Work and Holiday Visa- This visa allows certain eligible tourists (18-30 years old) who have held or currently hold a second work and holiday visa (subclass 462) to have a third work and holiday visa.

To be able to apply for a work and holiday visa under subclass 462 in Australia, the applicant must be a holder of an eligible passport of the following countries–

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Chile
  • China, People’s Republic of
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uruguay
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam

Subclass 601 Visa- Electronic Travel Authority Visa

Subclass 601 is popularly called the Electronic Travel visa in Australia. It is meant for those individuals who wish to visit the country for business purposes, as a tourist, or to meet family and friends. Subclass 601 generally has a validity of up to one year, and the holder of this visa category can travel to the country as many times as they wish while the visa is valid. However, the maximum stay generally allowed on each visit is for three months. If an applicant wishes to visit the country after the expiry of subclass 601, they must apply for another visa category.

The candidate must have an eligible passport. As per the requirements of the 601 visa category, only citizens/passport holders of the following countries can apply for the visa-

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China)
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom—British Citizen
  • United States of America
  • Vatican City

If the applicant applies outside Australia, they must be outside Australia when the visa is granted. If they apply for immigration clearance, they must be in immigration clearance when the visa is granted. The applicant must be able to prove that he is a genuine visitor and should obey the visa conditions.

Each visa option and pathway has its own advantages and disadvantages. There are a wide number of factors that are to be considered before determining which one will work best for you. Get in touch with us for more details.

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Visa laws and requirements are subject to frequent changes. At E-Help, we can provide you with comprehensive information on immigration provisions and the types of visas available for different levels of travel in Australia. We can also assist you in finding out alternative solutions to your specific visa requirements. Our dedicated team of migration agents is an expert in applying for work and travel visas.

We have a multidisciplinary team with strong knowledge of Australian immigration, education, and allied services. Our visa experts and process handlers ensure that your visa application is problem-free. Each client is unique, and their application is handled and processed on a case by case basis to ensure that they receive personalized service.

Our experience has helped us develop highly expert and customized immigration solutions in all immigration matters and all Australian jurisdictions. For availing our services contact us or call us at 1300 923 322.

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