As of close of business on Wednesday 5 October 2016 500 visas have been granted. Accordingly, we wish to advise that the Work and Holiday programme with Israel for the financial year 2016/2017 ending on 30 June 2017 has now been closed.
New applications for first Work and Holiday visas may be received only on or after 1 July 2017.
It is not possible to book appointments in advance to lodge applications on or after 1 July 2017.
First Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) - Israeli passport holders
(Note: The requirements for a second Work and Holiday Visa are published at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462- . Second Work and Holiday visa applications are processed on-line from Australia. All inquiries about a second Work and Holiday visa must be sent directly to the processing office in Australia).
The Work and Holiday visa arrangement between Australia and Israel will commence on 1 June 2016. This arrangement will each year allow up to 500 Australian and Israeli young people, aged 18-30 years, to experience a working holiday in each other’s countries.
The Work and Holiday visa will provide a unique opportunity for participants. It is also an opportunity for cultural exchange and building closer cultural ties between Israel and Australia.
The visa allows the holder to:
- stay in Australia for 12 months from their date of first arrival
- work for the 12 month duration of their stay, but for no longer than six months with any one employer; and
- study for up to four months
General eligibility requirements for Work and Holiday visa applicants from Israel are:
- a valid Israeli passport
- at least 18 years of age but have not yet turned 31 years of age at the time an application is lodged
- will not be with a dependent child while in Australia
- enough money for support on a working holiday (at least AUD $5000)
- enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay in Australia (approximately AUD2,000)
- not previously entered Australia on a subclass 417 Working Holiday visa
- hold secondary school qualifications and have either completed military service or are exempt from military service
- Functional English. Acceptable evidence of functional English for Israeli applicants includes passing an English Bagrut Exam at a level of three study units or higher
- meet Australia’s character and health requirements (Depending on the circumstances of your application you may be invited to undergo health checks with an Embassy doctor. The cost of the checks (Approximately NIS1,000) must be paid by you in addition to the Visa Application Charge you paid when you lodged your application
- be a genuine visitor
500 visa places will be available each programme year from July to June. When the cap is reached, the programme will close until the following July, and no further applications will be accepted. A notice will be placed on this website when the cap is reached.
How to apply
Applications may be sent by mail or courier service to the Australian Embassy in Tel Aviv:
Discount Bank Tower, Level 28
23 Yehuda Halevi Street,Tel Aviv 65136, Israel.
PO Box 29108, Tel Aviv 61290 Israel
Please note that the time of lodgement of your application is the time your application is received at our office. Therefore, you should consider whether sending your application by mail or courier would be the quickest option.
Applicants may also use the services of local travel agents and service providers to lodge applications on their behalf.
Note that applications cannot be lodged at any office outside Israel.
Please refer to the FAQs – Israel Work and Holiday MOU for answers to some frequently asked questions
Is it possible to change the visa conditions/validity/stay period after the visa is granted?
Negative. It is not legally possible to make any changes after the visa is granted.