Australia Work and Holiday Visa: Country Caps explained

Australia Work and Holiday Visa

The Subclass 462 Work and Holiday Visa plays a critical role in addressing labour concerns in regional Australia especially farms. Many young people apply for the Subclass 462 Visa every year for a chance to work in Australia.

There are two backpacker visas available in Australia:

· Subclass 462: Work and Holiday Visa

· Subclass 417: Working Holiday Visa

A major difference between the Subclass 462 and 417 is the number of visa places available. The Subclass 417 currently has no cap on it. This is probably why it has been reported that the Australian Govt. plans to expand this visa to more countries to increase the number of 417 visa holders in Australia.

The Subclass 462, on the other hand, has a cap on it depending on the country. For instance, the cap for Turkey is 100 visas. Similarly, Luxembourg and Ecuador also have a country cap of 100 visas. China’s country cap is 5,000 visas. The US is the only country that does not have a country cap and hence does not have a limit to the number of visas being issued.

Information on the status of the cap for the Subclass 462 Visa can be viewed on the Dept. of Home Affairs webpage. The DHA updates the table once the cap is reached so you know that no new applications for that particular country will be accepted.

This webpage is particularly helpful to applicants from countries which have a country cap but do not need evidence of government support. These countries are:

· Spain

· Argentina

· Singapore

· Austria

· Portugal

· Chile

· Israel

· China

Most of the other eligible countries need evidence of government support for this visa. Hence, the demand for this visa is regulated by the government of these countries, as per SBS News.

Applicants from those countries that do not need government support would benefit the most if they apply at the start of the program year. The Immigration program year for Australia starts on 1st July. Applying early can help you get your application in before the cap is reached.

Y-Axis offers a wide range of visa services and products for aspiring overseas immigrants including Australia General Skilled Migration Program via RMA, Australia Skilled Regional Visa, Australia Temporary Skilled Work Visa, and Australia Temporary Graduate Visa Subclass 485. We work with Registered Migration Agents in Australia. If you are looking to Visit, Study, Work, Invest or Migrate to Australia, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Consultant.

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