Australian Embassy
Israel

FAQs - 462 visa for Israelis - Berlin

First subclass 462 Work and Holiday Visa

First Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) Visa.   Arrangement with Israel

 

NEW:  From 17 November 2018 applications must be lodged online.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When did the agreement start?
  2. How many Israeli young people can apply for a Work and Holiday visa?
  3. What can a Work and Holiday visa holder do in Australia?
  4. What are the visa's eligibility requirements?
  5. Are people who are unable to undertake military service because they have a disability, or for religious or other reasons still eligible for a Work and Holiday visa?
  6. Is there an age limit for a Work and Holiday visa?
  7. Can I travel to Australia on a Work and Holiday visa with children?
  8. How much does the visa cost and how do I pay?
  9. Are the 500 participants individually selected?
  10. How many times can I apply for a Work and Holiday visa?
  11. How can I demonstrate that I meet the functional English language requirement?
  12. Will I have to attend an interview as part of my application for a Work and Holiday visa?
  13. What are my rights in Australia? What sort of protection am I offered in Australian work places?
  14. What is the standard processing time for a Work and Holiday visa?
  15. How long will my Work and Holiday visa be valid for?
  16. I am unable to enter Australia before the visa expires.  Is it possible to extend the visa or change the conditions?
  17. I was granted a Work and Holiday visa but I did not use it.  Can I apply again for a first Work and Holiday visa?

 

1. Have Israel and Australia signed a Work and Holiday visa arrangement?

Australian and Israel have signed a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement. This commenced on 1 June 2016.

2. How many Israeli young people can apply for a Work and Holiday visa?

There is an annual limit of 500 places for Israeli participants. Once this number is reached no further visa applications will be accepted by Australia until the following year.

3. What can a Work and Holiday visa holder do in Australia?

The Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa will allow participants to engage in cultural exchange and tourism as well as

  • stay in Australia for 12 months from their date of first arrival;
  • work for the 12 months duration of their stay, but for no longer than six months with any one employer; and
  • study for up to four months.

4. What are the visa's eligibility requirements?

  • General eligibility requirements for Israeli Work and Holiday visa applicants are:

  • hold a valid Israeli passport (for at least 6 months at the time of making the application
  • are at least 18 but have not turned 31 years of age at the time an application is lodged
  • will not be with a dependent child while in Australia
  • have enough money for support on a working holiday (at least the equivalent of AUD $5000)
  • have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay in Australia (usually estimated at AUD2,000)
  • have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa
  • hold secondary school qualifications and either have completed military service or are exempt from military service
  • have functional English (equivalent to IELTS 4.5 or higher). Acceptable evidence of functional English for Israeli applicants includes passing an English Bagrut Exam in the level of three study units or higher)
  • meet 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)
  • are a genuine visitor

5. Are people who are unable to undertake military service because they have a disability or for religious or other reasons still eligible for a Work and Holiday visa?

Applicants who are exempt from undertaking military service are still eligible to apply for the Work and Holiday visa.

If you are still serving your compulsory military service you are not eligible to apply until after you complete your service and able to provide a Certificate of Discharge from the IDF.  Other documents such as letters from your commander are not acceptable.

6. Is there an age limit for a Work and Holiday visa?

Yes. Applicants for a Work and Holiday visa must be at least 18 but have not turned 31 years of age at the time of lodging the application.

7. Can I travel to Australia with a Work and Holiday visa with children?

Work and Holiday visa holders cannot be accompanied by dependent children at any time during their stay in Australia, even if the child holds another kind of visa. Additionally, if you are pregnant and due to give birth while you are in Australia, you are not eligible to apply.  Giving birth to a child in Australia may render your visa liable for cancellation. If you would like a dependent child to join you in Australia you must apply for a different visa. Information on all visa options for Australia is provided at www.border.gov.au

8. How much does the visa cost and how do I pay?

The cost of the Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa application for Australia is AUD $440. The fee must be paid online during when you lodge your application. 

9. Are the 500 participants individually selected?

No. Anyone who meets the Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa’s eligibility requirements can apply, noting however that there is an annual cap of 500 places for participants from Israel.   Visa applications will be assessed in order of lodgement.  Applications received after the cap is reached cannot be accepted

10. How many times can I apply for a Work and Holiday visa?

You may apply for two subclass 462 Work and Holiday visas provided you have never been to Australia before with a subclass 417 Working Holiday Visa.

The requirements for a second Work and Holiday Visa are published at 2nd Work and Holiday Visa.

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.

11. How can I demonstrate that I meet the functional English language requirement?

Applicants from Israel who can demonstrate they have successfully completed an English Bagrut Exam in the level of three study units or higher will meet the functional English requirement.

Other acceptable evidence of the functional English requirements are listed at ‘How can I prove that I have functional English?’

 12. Will I have to attend an interview as part of my application for a Work and Holiday visa?

Usually you will not be required to attend a face-to-face interview to support your application for a Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa. However, you may be contacted by a visa officer and asked to supply further evidence or information in support of your application.

 13. What are my rights in Australia? What sort of protection am I offered in Australian work places?

All workers in Australia, including Work and Holiday visa holders, are covered by the same workplace laws regarding their pay and conditions. The Fair Work Ombudsman has responsibility for ensuring compliance with Australia’s workplace laws. More information is available at workplace rights.

 14. What is the standard processing time for a Work and Holiday visa?

To view current processing times for a subclass 462 visa application please click here.

Please note that the Embassy is not obliged to contact you to invite further information and/or documents.   In most cases decisions are made on the basis of the information and evidence provided with the application without contacting you.   To ensure your application falls within the published processing times, we strongly encourage you to submit complete and well documented applications.

15. How long will my Work and Holiday visa be valid for?

If you are granted a Work and Holiday visa it will be valid for one year from the date of your first arrival/entry to Australia. IMPORTANT. Please read the very important further information about the visa validity and stay period at visa validity and stay period.

16. I am unable to enter Australia before the visa expires.  Is it possible to extend the visa or change the conditions?

No. It is not legally possible to extend the visa or change the conditions after the visa is granted regardless of the reasons you are unable to use the visa on time. This includes cases involving compassionate or compelling circumstances or emergencies.

17. I was granted a Work and Holiday visa but I did not use it.  Can I apply again for a first Work and Holiday visa?

Yes. If you did not use your first visa you can apply for a new first visa again.  However, you must meet all the requirements applicable at the time of making the new application. The grant of the first visa will not give you a priority over other visa applicants.