Lucky 200 Filipinos Can Now Work Hard, Play Hard in Australia with its Newest Visa

Australia Work and Holiday (Subclass 462)
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Starting 1 July 2024, Filipino passport holders aged 18-30 can apply for the Australian Work & Holiday Visa, subject to specific eligibility and application requirements.

As per a new Legislative Instrument from the Australian government, Philippine passport holders will be eligible to apply for a Work and Holiday Visa starting 1 July 2024.

This change is formalized in the Migration (Arrangements for Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) Visa Applications) Amendment (The Philippines) Instrument (LIN 24/041) 2024, which updates the previous legislation (LIN 21/019).

The new changes come following bilateral negotiations between authorities in Australia and the Philippines.

The arrangements in this regard were introduced in September last year by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on 8 September 2023.

A large number of Filipinos live and work in Australia. The Australian Department of Home Affairs figures revealed that at the end of June 2022, 320,000 Filipino-born people were living in Australia, or 55.4 percent more than the figures registered on June 30, 2012.

The Australian Department of Home Affairs revealed that Filipinos account for the fifth largest migrant community in Australia, equivalent to 4.2 percent of Australia’s overseas-born population as well as 1.2 percent of the total population of Australia.

What are the basic eligibility requirements?
    * Have a passport from an eligible country.
    * Be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive).
    * Apply from outside Australia.
    * Not be accompanied by dependent children.
    * Apply on your own (you can’t include family members in your application).
    * Have at least Functional English.
    * Have enough money (usually about AUD 5,000) for your initial stay, plus the fare to where you are going after leaving Australia.
    * Meet education requirements:
            - Have a tertiary qualification from a university, college, or training center, or
            - Have completed 2 years of undergraduate university study.

What Can You Do with This Visa?
Do short-term work and/or study in Australia to help pay for your holiday.

Duration and Application Fee:
    * The visa duration is 12 months.
    * The application fee is AUD 635.00.

For more details about the Work and Holiday Visa, visit the Australian Department of Home Affairs website, or consult a reliable registered migration agent/lawyer. 

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