Australian Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) for United States Citizens


Australian Work and Holiday Visas

Young people from the United States who are between 18 and 30 years of age can travel and work in Australia for up to 12 months on a Work and Holiday Visa. Work and Holiday Australian visas are best for gap-year travellers who want to explore Australia.

Apply for a Work and Holiday Visa


  • The Australian Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) is very similar to the Australian Working Holiday Visa in many ways but it does contain a few subtle differences.
  • Please note, the Australian Visa Bureau only processes Work and Holiday Visa applications from United States passport holders.

To apply for an Australian Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) with the Australian Visa Bureau, the application must be made overseas and the applicant must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) of age and unaccompanied by dependent children;
  • Hold a United States passport;
  • Meet educational requirements (You must have graduated from High School or completed an equivalent qualification; for example, a bridging course to university);
  • Not be accompanied by any dependent children;
  • Have not previously entered Australia on a Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) or a Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417);
  • Have adequate health insurance for the duration of their stay in Australia
  • Be able to show sufficient funds for a return or onward fare and an adequate amount of funds for the first part of their stay; and
  • Be of good character and meet the health criteria.

Work and Holiday Visa Duration

The visa allows you to make your initial entry into Australia no later than 12 months from the date that the visa was granted. The visa permits you to stay in Australia 12 months from the date that you first enter Australia. You may leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you wish during your 12 month stay. However, if you depart Australia during your 12 month stay you are not able to recover the period of time you have spent outside Australia.

Work and Holiday Visa Conditions

It is very important to abide by these visa conditions. Failure to do so may result in the visa being cancelled and a requirement to leave Australia.

Work Conditions

Australian Work and Holiday visa holders are permitted to do any kind of work of a temporary or casual nature. The main purpose of the visa is holiday and travel, so work for longer than 6 months with any one employer is not allowed.

Study Conditions

Australian Work and Holiday visa holders are permitted to study for up to 4 months while in Australia on the Work and Holiday Visa.

Work and Holiday Visa Processing Times

Even for a straightforward application, an Australian Work and Holiday Visa can take up to 8 weeks to process. This time may be extended by the presence of a criminal offence on the application or the need for a medical.

Work and Holiday Visa Financial Requirements

You must have access to sufficient funds to support yourself for the initial stage of your holiday in Australia and you may be asked to show evidence of this on arrival.

A sufficient amount is generally regarded as being a minimum of AUD$5,000, although the amount may vary depending on your length of stay and how much travelling you intend to do. You should also have a return or onward ticket or the funds for a fare to depart Australia if travelling on a one way ticket.

Evidence may include a certified copy of a bank statement and an air ticket out of Australia.

Work And Holiday Visa

Are you between the ages of 18 and 30 and a US Citizen? You may be eligible for a Work And Holiday Visa.

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Working Holiday Guide

The Australia Working Holiday Guide is given to all Visa Bureau WHV clients and features details on over hundreds of dollars worth of discounts available to Australian Visa Bureau clients, ranging from free nights of accommodation to a free surf lesson and discount adventure tours! 

You'll also get your exclusive Visa Bureau Platinum Card and access to the Platinum Card site!

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