Australian Work & Holiday visas for Pinoys

Are you a Philippine passport holder aged 18 to 30 years old? Have you completed at least two years of studies after high school? Want to come to Australia for work and holiday? Do you have sufficient funds as show money?

Starting July 1, 2024, Australia is offering Work and Holiday Visas (Subclass 462) to Philippine passport holders who meet the criteria*. This visa is a fantastic opportunity for Filipinos to experience life, leisure and incidental work in Australia.

Margie Dizon and Cecilia Dela Vega, Registered Migration Agents for Migration Corporation of Australia, are thrilled about what this means for their fellow Filipinos. “We were born in the Philippines and lived half our lives in Cavite City. Living in Australia now has really opened our eyes to how blessed we are to live and work here. Now, a limited number of young Filipinos who meet the criteria can enjoy the opportunity to work and holiday in this beautiful country too,” Margie shares.

“Not everyone can qualify, as there is a strict age requirement and there is a cap on how many applications will be approved per year. Additionally, visa applicants must have completed at least two years of college or trade school. You must also show that you have enough savings to cover your return airfare to Australia and living expenses for at least a couple of months if you are not working right away.”

“Hindi lahat makaka-apply sa visa na ito. Limited sa dalawang daan na applications kada tan. Kailangan din kasi, between 18 at 30 years old ka lang. Dapat din, nakatapos ka ng second year of college o kung nag-trade school ka (at hindi college), dalawang taon din ang natapos mo. Importante din na mapatunayan mo na may ipon ka pang pamasahe at pang-living allowance sa mga unang buwan na baka hindi ka magtrabaho.”

This scheme is also beneficial for employers in regional Australia, who can access about 200 x talented Filipinos in addition to those from other countries participating in the Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa program. The Philippines is the latest country added to the list of eligible nations.

“This is a great boost for businesses in regional Australia, where there are skills shortages. There is definitely a mutual benefit for both Australians and Filipinos. We are excited about the positive outcomes and what this will do for our economies. Regional Australia will have plenty of job opportunities for Filipinos,” Margie confirms.

Serious about your Australian visa? Check if you qualify for the new Subclass 462 visa and learn how you can extend your stay.