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How to apply for a Subclass 462 visa to work and travel in Australia in 2023

Work and Holiday Visa – Subclass 462 for people who travel to Australia have the work right. However, only people from eligible countries can apply for this visa subclass. Check out this article for more information.

What is a Subclass 462 visa?

This is a temporary visa that allows young people who want to have an extended holiday in Australia and work to help them cover the expenses of their trip.


This visa allows applicants to both travel and work in Australia for a period of 1 year.


What you should know about this visa is that when the Australian Subclass 462 visa is about to expire, if the conditions are met, the applicant can apply to extend this visa twice. If successful, the total time the applicant can stay in Australia on a Subclass 462 visa will be up to 3 years.

Because this is not an easy task if you do not understand the information. So if you want to know how to get a Subclass 462 visa for the third time, keep following this article for useful information.


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What is a Subclass 462 visa?


Benefits of a Subclass 462 visa


Many people do not know that, in fact, the benefits of this visa are more than just working while traveling.


For details, you should immediately see the table below:


Residence benefits

Stay in Australia for 12 months. You can then apply for an extension if eligible.

Free entries benefits

Travel in and out of Australia for the duration of the visa.

Working benefits

Unlike the Visitor visa subclass 600, the 462 visa allows applicants to work and visit Australia at the same time.

Education benefits

Participate in courses for 4 months.

Sponsor family member benefits

Applicants can sponsor their spouses to come to Australia if they meet the conditions. At that time, the accompanying person needs to pay a separate visa fee.


If you need to clarify any benefits, please contact VEM! VEM is always ready to answer your questions.


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Benefits when holding a Subclass 462 visa


Requirements of a Subclass 462 visa


NationalityHold citizenship of countries listed by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
PassportMust hold a passport from a country authorized to apply for a Subclass 462 visa.
AgeFrom 18 – 30 years old.

Applicants must fall into one of the following three cases:

    • Graduated from University.
    • Completed 2nd year of University (with confirmation from school).
    • Graduated from College (the program must last at least 2 years).
EnglishApplicants must have an IELTS score of 4.5 or equivalent English language certificates. Details can be found in the table below.
HealthMeet the Australian Government requirements.
Finance Applicants must demonstrate that they have the financial ability to live in Australia. Including 5,000AUD for first-time accommodation and about 2,000AUD for a return ticket.

When applying for an Australian Subclass 462 visa for the first time: the applicant must be outside of Australia.

Where to submit and receive your visa

When applying for the 2nd and 3rd Subclass 462 visa:

    • Can be inside or outside Australia.
    • The place to apply and get the visa must be the same.


If you want to apply for a Subclass 462 visa at this time, you should contact VEM. We have our head office in Perth, Australia. Therefore, VEM can recommend suitable information for your reference.

Moreover, after you come to Australia with a Subclass 462 visa and want to extend this visa or need to apply for another visa, VEM can conveniently assist you.

In addition, in the above conditions, the English requirement of the Subclass 462 visa is also particularly important. To qualify, you need the following English language certificates:


IELTSThe average of 4 skills must be 4.5 or more.
TOEFL iBTThe total score must be 32 or more.
PTEThe overall score must be at least 30.
Cambridge C1 AdvancedThe total score of the test must be 147 or higher.


The Australian Department of Home Affairs only accepts certificates that are valid for at least 1 year from the date of application.


If you don’t pay attention, you can submit one in English past the deadline. This will disqualify you from subclass 462 visa in 2023.


If you need to revise to get a new certificate, you should refer to VEM’s English language study program.

This course is designed by us based on each person’s English level. Each VEM student has a learning path that best suits them. After completing the course, many of our students have achieved scores beyond expectations!

Especially, when you join this program, you not only learn about English! The VEM course also includes many sessions about Australian culture, lifestyle, geography, and people. These lessons are sure to ease you into life in Australia. This is something that you can hardly get with other classes on the market.


In case you don’t have the basic foundation in English or are not confident in your knowledge, VEM can also provide good support. We will base on your specific situation to advise and design the most suitable learning path.


What should you prepare for your Subclass 462 visa application in 2023


Identification papers

    • Copies of certified marriage certificate (if any).
    • Proof that you’ve changed name before (if any).
    • Copies of certified household registration book.
    • Card images.
    • Certified valid passport.
    • Certified birth certificate.




Applicants provide one of the following:

    • Proof that you have graduated from University.
    • Completed College level (the program of study must last at least 24 months).
    • Certificate from the university that the applicant has completed the 2nd year.

English eligibility

Applicants need to provide the English language certificate required by the Subclass 462 visa.


Evidence that the applicant has approximately 7,000AUD. Including:

    • Have 5,000 AUD to sustain life in Australia.
    • About 2,000 AUD to buy your plane tickets.

Meet the Australian Government requirements.


    • Proof that the applicant has no criminal record.
    • Proof that the applicant’s family has paid the Australian Government debt (if any).

Other documents (if there is a spouse sponsorship)

    • Certified marriage certificate.
    • Personal information of the accompanying person.
    • Proof that he or she meets the criteria for a Subclass 462 visa.


If you have any questions about how to apply for the Subclass 462 visa, you should contact VEM now!

One of the advantages of VEM is that our consultant – Mr. Phong Cao – is a member of the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA: 12648). Thanks to that, every time the Australian Migration law changes, Mr. Phong Cao is always one of the people who are notified by Australia the earliest!

If you are advised and supported by Mr. Phong Cao, your application for a Subclass 462 visa will definitely be accurate, up to date and thorough!

Therefore, accompanied by VEM when applying for a Subclass 462 visa, you will soon have the opportunity to both travel and work in Australia.

Step-by-step of applying for a Subclass 462 visa

With more than 10 years of experience as an Australian migration consultant, Mr. Phong Cao (CEO of VEM) said: the Australian Subclass 462 visa application process consists of 8 stages. Specifically:

  • Step 1: Consider the eligibility of the visa.
  • Step 2: Prepare the necessary documents for the application.
  • Step 3: Submit application and visa fee.
  • Step 4: The DHA receives your application
  • Step 5: Your application is processed.
  • Step 6: Applicants supplement documents (when required)
  • Step 7: Australian Government issues a Subclass 462 visa grant.

Our CEO (Mr. Phong Cao) is a member of MIA. And at VEM, he is the one who directly guides clients to make applications. Therefore, VEM’s clients’ visa applications are always guaranteed to be correct and complete as required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

Furthermore, if you choose VEM as your travel companion, your application is always well prepared and monitored throughout the process. Because Mr. Phong Cao is also an immigration consultant licensed by the Australian Government (MARN: 1577877).

Therefore, he always knows the progress of the client’s case. In particular, Mr. Phong Cao must be responsible for what he advised to the clients. Therefore, VEM will definitely provide you with accurate and correct information about Australian Immigration law.

Cost of a Subclass 462 visa


The amount of money (AUD)
Accompanying person (if any)510AUD


In addition, you may have to pay another fee (approprimate 300 AUD) for medical examination, criminal background and biometrics.


To know exactly how much you need to pay when applying for a Subclass 462 visa in 2023, you should contact VEM. Our Australian immigration consultant (Mr. Phong Cao) will directly help you with the fee.

Processing times of a Subclass 462 visa

The processing time for the Subclass 462 visa is considered shorter than that of the Subclass 600 visa. Specifically:


Application processing time
75% of the applications03 months
90% of the applications04 months


What jobs to do in Australia to be able to hold a Subclass 462 visa all 3 times?

You need to do the jobs on the Australian occupation list. Specifically:


Farming and Ranching
    • Northern Australia.
    • Designated area.
    • Harvest/pack fruits and vegetables.
    • Breeding cattle on the farm.
    • Jobs in the zoo that involve farming or animals.
Building sectorConstruction of residential areas, houses, non-residential works, etc.
Fishing for seafood and pearlsNorthern Australia.
    • Working directly related to catching seafood: fish, shrimp, crab, etc.
    • Work directly related to the collection/culture of pearls or pearl shells.
Planting/cutting trees
    • Planting, tending, or cutting trees at designated plantations/forests.
    • Transporting plants from the plantation to the processing site.
Travel and hotel
    • Staff at hotel areas, such as a coffee shop, bar, kitchen, etc.
    • Guides, tour operators, bus drivers,…
Overcoming the consequences of forest firesIn areas affected by forest fires 
    • Take care of wildlife affected by wildfires.
    • Working for volunteer organizations to support victims affected by forest fires.
    • Construction and repair of affected areas: roads, fences, irrigation systems, etc.
Health care (because of the Covid-19 pandemic)Working in Australia (since January 31, 2020)
    • Testing and research, nursing or medical treatment.
    • Clean up at Covid-19 Testing Centers or quarantine facilities.


Only when you work in the above field, can you extend your Australian Subclass 462 visa 3 times? However, Australia has different requirements for the applicant’s working time at each visa application. Specifically:

  • To apply for a second Subclass 462 visa: the applicant must have at least 3 months of work in the specified field (shown above) and be paid during the period of holding the 1st visa.
  • To apply for a Subclass 462 visa for the third time: the applicant must have at least 6 months of work in that field when holding the second visa.

If you do not see your job in the above categories, you can contact VEM to confirm. Because it is likely that the Australian Department of Home Affairs has added many new occupations to this list, including yours.

Common way to become an Australian permanent resident with a Subclass 462 visa


As you know, the Australian Subclass 462 visa does not allow you to stay in Australia permanently.


But with more than 10 years of experience in Australian immigration consulting, Mr. Phong Cao states that you can completely apply for an Australian permanent residency while holding a Subclass 462 visa. Here are two ways of doing it.

With a Student visa

The Subclass 462 visa gives you 12 months to work and travel in Australia. When holding a visa, you also have the right to study for almost 4 months. Over time, you will understand why Australia is always ranked first in the list of countries with the best education in the world.


After those 4 months are up, if you want to continue studying in Australia, you need to apply for a Subclass 500 visa! When you hold this visa, you will have more time to receive the world’s best education and have the opportunity to apply for a Skilled visa to move to Australia.


Not all occupations allow the applicant to continue in Australia after the Subclass 500 visa expires. Because the Australian Government only gives priority to applicants who have studied occupations in the priority occupation group. You can contact VEM for this list.

With a Partner visa

During your stay in Australia with a Subclass 462 visa, if you fall in love with an Australian citizen/permanent resident, and the two of you plan to get married, you will have the opportunity to settle down in Australia under the Partner visas.


If you feel that you are not suitable for the above 2 methods, you should contact VEM immediately! Because we also have many other options available that may work for you!

You just need to contact VEM and tell us your actual situation, VEM’s Australian immigration consultant will offer the ultimate solution.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I apply for a Subclass 462 visa?

You must be outside Australia at the time of the lodgement and when the Subclass 462 visa is granted.

If you wish to extend your visa for the second and third time, you can choose to apply within or outside Australia (but where the visa is submitted and received must be the same).

Do I need the biometrics when applying for a Subclass 462 visa?

The answer is yes. You need to visit the Australian Visa Application Center (VFS) to provide biometric information.

You will need to pay a fee for this. Especially, all VEM clients are always supported to book appointments with VFS. So if you need a reputable consultant who can help you with the whole process, consider VEM.

How long do I need to wait for a Subclass 462 visa decision?

In most cases, it will take up to 04 months for applicants to receive an answer from the Australian Department of Home Affairs. But there are also many people who only take 03 months.

And the common point of those who are considered for a quick application is that the application is carefully prepared and submitted early.


If you want to receive the visa approval for a Subclass 462 soon, you should contact VEM! At VEM, Mr. Phong Cao – a MIA member and licensed by the Australian Government – is the one to directly support you.


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