Working Holiday visa (subclass 417) - SBS

The Immigration Department of Australia has made some recent changes to the Working Holiday Visa since 1 July this year. The Visa, which is a popular option for young people from Korea looking to learn English, earn money and experience foreign living, comes with various requirements which potential applicants will need to be vigilant of complying with. In this Interview, John Kim Partner at H & H Lawyers, takes us through eligibility requirements as well as the recent changes and what this means for prospective Visa applicants. Finally, listeners are provided with key practical points to remember in relation to living in Australia while on a Working Holiday Visa and things they may wish to prepare for before travelling. 




Today, we will be talking about the working holiday visa - or what many would call the third privilege of youth. 

We are here again with Partner John Kim from H & H Lawyers Sydney to discuss your queries in relation to this visa.


Visa Advice Content: 

  • Since 1st July this year, the working holiday visa period has extended from a total period of 2 years to 3 years. This means that young people from Korea can now learn English, earn money and experience foreign living for a whole added year.  What has changed with the working holiday visa?  
  • I assume this would be good news for those people who will no longer need to end their working holiday experience in Australia within what is often a short 2 years. In terms of eligibility, what are the age requirements or other conditions that would need to be satisfied in order to apply?  
  • Since announcing the last amendment, certain countries have lifted the age requirement for their working holiday visas from 30 to 35 years. What are the chances of the age requirement lifting for Korea?  
  • Would you be able to provide us with a comprehensive overview of the changes made in relation to the working holiday visa?  


We know that working holiday visa holders have been paying taxes. But as we mentioned last week on our broadcast, the Federal Court has held that requiring the payment of taxes from working holiday visa holders is indeed illegal.  Ever since the decision, visa holders have been eager to find out whether the taxes they have been paying would be returned. Producer Sungil Park will be providing us with the details.  


[Federal Court Rules Taxing Working Holiday Visa Holders Illegal https://www.sbs.com.au/language/korean/yeonbang-beobweon-hoju-weokingholridei-segeumeun-bulbeob-pangyeol-gugseceong]  


Since the news was announced last week, there has been significant interest being shown from those on working holiday. We will need to watch closely what will happen with this decision.  


[Visa advice continued]  

  • Partner John Kim will now continue with answering our questions in relation to the working holiday visa. Is there anything a young working holiday visa holder in Australia should be particularly aware of?  
  • Thank you John for the practical advice. These days, many of those on working holiday have been youtubing their daily lives in Australia and engaging in a lot of social media, including Instagram and Facebook. I do think this is a good way of creating these memories while working hard often in rural areas. For someone who has just been granted a working holiday visa, what are some things they can prepare for before leaving for Australia?  


Today we were joined by Partner John Kim who has helped us navigate the various requirements in relation to applying for a working holiday visa.  


On 20 November 2020 at 6pm, the Australian embassy will be holding a seminar for working holiday visa holders residing in Bunbury, Western Australia. The seminar which will be held at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre will share vital information on safety in Australia, legal pointers, pensions and useful tips for settling into Australia after you have arrived. For those interested, this is a good opportunity to gain valuable insights on how best to adjust to life on working holiday in Australia.  


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