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Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa Arrangement with China

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Australia has negotiated a Work and Holiday Arrangement with China. This arrangement allows up to 5,000 young Chinese people with tertiary education and English skills to experience a working holiday in Australia.

The Work and Holiday visa provides a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for Chinese participants. It is also an opportunity for cultural exchange and building closer cultural ties between China and Australia.

People’s Republic of China (PRC) passport holders are required to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa. The EOI has already closed. We will announce on this website when the next EOI commences.

If your EOI is selected the Department of Home Affairs will send you an invitation to apply online for the first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa. You can only apply for your first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa if you receive an invitation, and you must apply online. Paper applications will no longer be used. We will update this website to advise when the invitation process has commenced.

Please note that the EOI selection is a random process and is not based on any criteria.

Note- if you have already submitted a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa application that is still pending, these applications will still be progressed.

The following Frequently Asked Questions provides further details about the Work and Holiday Arrangement with China.

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From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders, including Working Holiday Makers (subclass 462 visa holders) can come to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. For more information, see Vaccinated travellers.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Have China and Australia negotiated a Work and Holiday visa arrangement?
  2. How do I submit an EOI for a first Work and Holiday visa?
  3. When can I submit an EOI for a first Work and Holiday visa?
  4. What happens after I submit an EOI?
  5. How long is my EOI valid for?
  6. If my EOI is selected, how long do I have to make an application?
  7. How many EOIs can I submit?
  8. How many Chinese young people can apply for a Work and Holiday visa?
  9. What can a Work and Holiday visa holder do in Australia?
  10. What are the visa's eligibility requirements?
  11. Is there an age limit for a Work and Holiday visa?
  12. What will I need to provide in my application?
  13. How much will the visa cost?
  14. How do I lodge my application?
  15. Will the annual limit of 5000 places be increased?
  16. How many times can I apply for a Work and Holiday visa?
  17. I held a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, but was unable to travel due to COVID-19.
  18. Where can I find more information on Australia’s Work and Holiday visa?
  19. Is an IELTS result the only measurement of English language ability that I can submit to support my application?
  20. Will I have to attend an interview as part of my application for a Work and Holiday visa?
  21. What are my rights in Australia? What sort of protection am I offered in Australian work places?
  22. I have multiple degrees or qualifications. Should I only provide my highest qualification?
  23. Formal language testing only occurs at certain times during the year. When do I have to provide evidence of my ‘functional English’ ability?
  24. When will I have to pay my application fee?
  25. What is the standard processing time for a Work and Holiday visa?
  26. How long will my first Work and Holiday visa be valid for?
  27. What are the health requirements?
  28. When should I complete the health examinations?
  29. What if I have already completed a health examination recently?
  30. If I complete my health examination but my visa is not approved will the cost of my health examination be refunded?

 

1. Have China and Australia negotiated a Work and Holiday visa arrangement?

Yes. China and Australia agreed to establish a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement, which commenced in 2015. 

2. How do I submit an expression of interest (EOI) for a first Work and Holiday visa?

The EOI process is now closed. We will announce on this website when the next EOI commences, and provide access to the EOI web form.

3. When can I submit an EOI for a first Work and Holiday visa?

The EOI process is now closed. We will announce on this website when the next EOI commences.

4. What happens after I submit an EOI?

If you submitted an EOI and your EOI is selected, you will receive an invitation to apply for a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa. If your EOI is not selected, you will NOT be notified.

We will update this website to advise when the invitation process has commenced.

The EOI selection is a random process, and is not based on any criteria.

5. How long is my EOI valid for?

Your EOI will remain in the selection pool until June 2023.

If your EOI is selected, you can only use it once to apply for a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa within the timeframe provided in the invitation email.

6. If my EOI is selected how long do I have to lodge an application?

If you receive an invitation to apply for a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, the invitation letter will provide you with a timeframe in which to apply online.

If you do not lodge an application by the date specified, the invitation will expire and you will not be able to lodge an application. Also, you will not be invited again for this EOI selection period.

7. How many EOIs can I submit?

Only one EOI per person will be accepted. Do not submit multiple EOIs.

Your EOI will remain in the selection pool until June 2023.

8. How many Chinese young people can apply for a Work and Holiday visa?

There is an annual limit of 5000 places for Chinese participants. Once this number is reached no further visa applications will be accepted by Australia until the following program year.

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

The Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa will allow participants to engage in cultural exchange and tourism. In addition, 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,
  • work for longer than six months with any one employer until 31 December 2022; and
  • study for up to four months.

10. What are the visa's eligibility requirements?

General eligibility requirements for Chinese Work and Holiday visa applicants are:

  • hold a valid Chinese passport;
  • 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 (about AUD $5000);
  • have enough money to buy a return or onward travel ticket at the end of your stay in Australia;
  • have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (subclass 417);
  • hold tertiary qualifications, or have successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate university study;
  • have functional English (equivalent to IELTS 4.5 or higher);
  • meet character and health requirements; and
  • are a genuine visitor.

Further information can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website at: Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa.

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

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

12. What will I need to provide in my application?

Further details about what is required of applicants can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website at: Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa.

Please note that some applicants may be requested to provide additional information after lodgement.

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13. How much will the visa cost?

Please refer to our website for current Visa Application Charges; available at: http://china.embassy.gov.au/bjng/DIACtemp.html

14. How do I lodge my application?

If you are invited to apply for a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa you must lodge your application online.

This EOI process only applies if you are applying for your first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa. It does not apply to nil VAC WHM applications, or your second or third Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa applications.

Paper applications will no longer be used.

15. Will the annual limit of 5000 places be increased?

This is a matter for the Australian and Chinese governments to consider once the arrangement has been in operation for a period of time.

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

If you are invited to apply for a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa you can only apply for this visa once. You may be eligible to apply for and be granted a second and third Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa if you meet the relevant eligibility criteria.

For more information on first, second and third Work and Holiday visas please see Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa.

17. I held a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, but was unable to travel due to COVID-19

On 12 October 2020, the Australian Government announced concessions to allow Work and Holiday makers who were unable to travel to Australia or had to leave Australia early due to COVID-19, to re-apply with a nil Visa Application Charge (VAC) WHM visa from 01 July 2021 to 31 December 2022, or request a refund for the VAC if they were over the age limit to reapply. 

If you are outside of Australia and held a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa but were unable to use it due to COVID-19, you may consider applying for an offshore nil VAC Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa. In this instance you are not required to submit an EOI as you have been granted a Work and Holiday visa previously.

Please see Latest News on the Department of Home Affairs website for further information about applying for an offshore nil VAC Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa.

18. Where can I find more information on Australia’s Work and Holiday visa?

Further general information can be found on the website of the Department of Home Affairs at: Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa.  

19. Is an IELTS result the only measurement of English language ability that I can submit to support my application?

Please see Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa eligibility.

For more information please see the following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Department of Home Affairs website at: ‘How can I prove that I have functional English?’

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

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

21. 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: Simplified Chinese - 简体中文 - Fair Work Ombudsman 

22. I have multiple degrees or qualifications. Should I only provide my highest qualification?

To be eligible to apply for a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, you must have completed a minimum of two years of university education. You should provide notarised copies of each of your qualifications and academic transcripts with your application.  

23. Formal language testing only occurs at certain times during the year. When do I have to provide evidence of my 'functional English' ability?

Evidence of your English language ability must be submitted at the time you submit your visa application, along with your other supporting documentation. It is important that you complete your chosen language test ahead of time. To find out more about English language requirements please refer to the ‘How do I prove I have functional English’ FAQ on the official website of the Department of Home Affairs.

24. When will I have to pay my application fee?

If you have been invited to lodge to apply for a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa application you will have to pay your visa application charge (VAC) when you submit your visa application online.

You do not have to pay a fee to submit an EOI.

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

Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website for global visa processing times.  While most applications are processed within this timeframe, processing may take longer according to your individual circumstances, including if your application is incomplete, or if you are requested to provide further information. 

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

If you are granted a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa it will be in effect for one year from the date you arrive in Australia.

27. What are the health requirements?

In order to be granted a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, you must meet the health requirements.

Note: My Health Declarations service has been suspended. The Health Requirement, including the health examinations for your intended visa, will be determined once your visa application has been lodged. For more information, visit what health examinations you need.

For details of the panel physicians in China see this page.

28. When should I complete the health examinations?

If you have been invited to lodge an application for a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa please see when to have health examinations.

You should not complete your health examinations if you have not been invited to lodge an application for a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, as health examination results are generally only valid for a maximum of 12 months.

29. What if I have already completed a health examination recently?

If you have completed a health examination for an Australian visa application in the last 6-12 months and you have been invited to lodge an application for a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa please wait to be contacted by the visa processing officer for advice about whether further health examinations are required.  

30. If I complete my health examination but my visa is not approved will the cost of my health examination be refunded?

No. The cost of the health examination cannot be refunded if your visa application is not granted. Health examinations are valid for 12 months and can be used with other visa applications.

 

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