Since 2015 China and Australia have agreed to establish a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa arrangement. This arrangement was designed for young Chinese people with tertiary education and English skills, it allows up to 5,000 applicants to experience a working holiday in Australia per year.
The Australian embassy of China claims that the Work and Holiday visa provides a “unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for Chinese participants” (dfat, 2022). It is an opportunity for closer cultural ties between China and Australia.
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.
Chinese Work and Holiday visa applicants generally must meet the following:
Note: notarised copies of all your qualifications and academic transcripts should be provided with your application
Some applicants may be requested to provide additional information after lodgement
You must submit an expression of interest (EOI) for a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa.
An EOI is an expression of interest, to the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) to initially express interest in making an application and your eligibility. People’s Republic of China (PRC) passport holders must submit an expression of interest (EOI) for a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa. The EOI selection is a random process and is not based on any criteria. For 2022 applications; you must submit an EOI before the 28th of March 2022
Only one EOI per person will be accepted, do not submit multiple EOIs.
the steps of this application
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. You will not be invited again for this EOI selection period. You can only ever apply once for this visa. If your application is unsuccessful, you cannot apply again.
This does not mean that if you are not invited to apply during this EOI selection period or you do not lodge an application after being invited within the timeframe outlined in your invitation, that you cannot submit another EOI after June 2023.
If your visa is refused, you will be informed:
Your application fee will need to be paid when you submit your visa application online. There is no cost associated with submitting an EOI.
Additional costs: You might also have to pay other costs for each applicant for health checks, police certificates and biometrics
Travel exemptions: From 15 December 2021 – fully vaccinated Working Holiday Makers (subclass 462 visa holders) can come to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption
For this specific visa you must have the equivalent to IELTS 4.5 or higher. See below the equivalent:
You must have valid evidence of English proficiency; evidence this with test results from within the last 3 years, you must have achieved:
|International English Language Testing System (IELTS)||Overall minimum total score of 4.5
Must have at least a score of 5 in the 4 parts
|Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT)||Overall minimum total score of 64
4 for listening, 4 for reading, 14, for writing, 14 for speaking
|Occupational English Test (OET)||Minimum score: B in each of the 4 parts|
|Cambridge C1 Advanced Test||Overall minimum total score 169
Minimum 154 in each of the 4 test components
This evidence of your English language proficiency must be submitted at the time you submit your visa application, along with your other supporting documentation.
As of the 8th of March 2022, The Department of Home Affairs has not published the specific processing times for the agreement with China visa. See Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa for general published processing times.
Note: This visa has annual caps of 5000 visa holders
This is a temporary visa: If you are granted a first Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, it will be valid for one year from the date you arrive in Australia
Note: You cannot stay in Australia longer by extending this visa.
To be eligible for a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, you must meet the health requirements.
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
When entering Australia with a Peoples Republic of China (PRC) passport you will most likely need to complete the following:
For details of the panel physicians in China see this page.
Note: The cost of the health examination will not be refunded if your visa application is not granted
The Australian Government put concessions in place 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) Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa or request a refund for the VAC if they were over the age limit (31) 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. You do not need to submit an EOI, as you have been granted a Work and Holiday visa previously.
All workers in Australia, are covered by the same workplace laws regarding their pay and conditions
The Fair Work Ombudsman ensures compliance with Australia’s workplace laws
For more information, see: Simplified Chinese – 简体中文 – Fair Work Ombudsman
It is important you arrange to have health insurance when travelling as you are personally liable for any medical expenses including unforeseen circumstances. See more on health insurance for overseas visitors
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