Australian Embassy
Israel

462 Visa for Israelis - Information in English

 

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NEW - MONDAY 21 August 2017

As of close of business on Monday 21 August 2017 the Embassy granted 500 Work and Holiday visas to Israeli passport holders.   Consequently, the programme of 500 places for the financial year 2017-2018 has been closed.

 

New applications for first Work and Holiday visas may now be received only on or after 1 July 2018.

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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 have commenced 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 valid for at least 6 months at the time of making the application
  • 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 the equivalent of 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

Annual cap

500 visa places will be available each programme year from 1 July to 30 June the following year .  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 should be sent to our office by registered or express mail through the Israeli Postal Service.  Applications sent from outside Israel may also be sent through international courier companies such as DHL and UPS.   Our address is:

Australian Embassy

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.  Not the time you sent your application.

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

Please refer to the application checklist and the department’s Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa page for further information on applying for this visa.

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. However, if you do not use the visa for travel to Australia you may apply for a new visa if there are available places and you continue to meet all the requirements applicable at the time of making the new application, including the availabilty of visa places. Further very important information about the visa validity and stay period is provided under the section "How long your visa lasts" at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462-#tab-content-2