Filipino passport holders now eligible to apply for subclass 462- Work and Holiday Visa.

The Australian Department of Home Affairs has announced a significant enhancement to its Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa program, now extending eligibility to citizens of the Republic of the Philippines beginning July 1, 2024.


This development is detailed in the Migration (Arrangements for Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) Visa Applications) Amendment (The Philippines) Instrument (LIN 24/041) 2024, which supersedes previous legislation (LIN 21/019). The new instrument formally includes the Philippines as a recognized participant in the program, specifying the educational criteria prospective applicants must meet.


Under the expanded program, Philippine passport holders aged between 18 and 30 will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Australian society and culture for a maximum period of twelve months. Key benefits of the Work and Holiday visa include the ability to engage in short-term employment to supplement their stay and explore various regions within Australia.


Regarding eligibility, applicants from the Philippines must fulfill specific educational prerequisites outlined in the amendment. These requirements include holding a tertiary qualification such as a university degree or an equivalent certification, or demonstrating completion of at least two years of undergraduate or post-secondary education.


This expansion of the Work and Holiday program signifies a deepening of bilateral relations between Australia and the Philippines, promoting cross-cultural exchange while offering valuable avenues for work experience and leisure travel. The initiative underscores Australia’s commitment to fostering international connections and facilitating enriching experiences for young adults from diverse global backgrounds.