Applying for a Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) To Australia – The Ultimate Step-By-Step Guide with Screenshots

Table of contents :
Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) eligibility requirements
Should I apply online or submit my application by mail?
Accessing the Department of Home Affairs Website
Creating your ImmiAccount and starting the WHV application process
Filling out the WHV application
Attaching your supporting documents (new as of April 2019)
Paying the WHV application fee
Estimating average processing times and checking your application status
MyVEVO app
Worried about the background check?
WHV application mistakes and passport renewal issues
Health exams and chest X-rays
Requesting a WHV application cancellation
I got my WHV, what now?

As of 2021, Australia offers citizens of…:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

… the opportunity to apply for a Working Holiday Visa (WHV) to stay up to 12 months in Australia and do short-term work to help cover travel expenses.

The only documents you need to apply for your WHV to Australia are your passport (“passports” plural if you have dual citizenship), proof of funds (i.e. a recent bank statement) and a credit card to pay the fee. Note that if your bank statement isn’t in English, it must be translated—this is a new requirement.

The online application process is very straightforward:

  • Go to, the official website of the Department of Home Affairs of the Government of Australia. Don’t use unofficial websites, fees will be much higher.
  • Create an ImmiAccount.
  • Fill out the 12-step online application by providing your personal information and answering several questions regarding your travel plans, background and general health.
  • Upload scanned copies of your passport and proof of funds.
  • Pay the AUD495 fee.
  • Wait a few weeks, days or hours for your application to be processed. If successful, you’ll receive an e-visa by email or see that your visa has been granted in your ImmiAccount.

And that’s it!

Maybe you want a complete overview of the process before applying—you’re in the right place, the different sections of this guide include screenshots with all the fields to fill out and questions to answer!

You can also use the guide when filling out your application to make sure you understand the potential implications of questions regarding your general health, background and work projects in Australia.

Looking to embark on a second-year or third-year WHV? Check if you’re eligible, read Working Holiday Visa to Australia—What’s new in 2018-19!

Working Holiday Visa vs Work and Holiday Visa

Australia lets you choose between two “enjoy Down Under for a year” types of visa:

Eligibility requirements vary slightly, for instance, Subclass 462 applicants must provide more documents. There’s also a yearly cap on Subclass 462 visas, and none for Subclass 417 visas.

The list of eligible countries is the main difference:

Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)
Belgium Argentina
Canada Austria
Republic of Cyprus Chile
Denmark China
Estonia Czech Republic
Finland Hungary
France Indonesia
Germany Israel
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (including British National Overseas passport holders) Luxembourg
Republic of Ireland Malaysia
Italy Peru
Japan Poland
Republic of Korea Portugal
Malta San Marino
Netherlands Singapore
Norway Slovak Republic
Sweden Slovenia
Taiwan (other than an official or diplomatic passport) Spain
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Thailand
United States of America

Note that this guide applies to Working Holiday visas (Subclass 417) ONLY.

The English version of this guide was last updated in June 2019.

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(12) Comments

Alexandre I |

Et comment faire quand on a plus les details de son premier visa ( grant number TRN application id) ( nouveau portable et plus acces a mon ancienne boite mail ! )
merci !!

Josephine I |

So you don’t have to send a visa photo or anything? I’m confused?

Julie I |

Hi Josephine, indeed they don’t ask for a picture but as you have to scan your passport, they see your picture on it 🙂 You’ll get an e-visa with no picture on it.

Adham I |

Petite question, j’ai suivis le tuto corps et amés pour avoir l’erreur “Based on the passport details, CHIKER ADHAM CHAHINE is not eligible to apply using this online service. ”

Je ne sais quoi faire j’ai bel est bien check, toutes les info sont bonnes, si quelqu’un peux m’aiguiller svp

Annelise I |

Salut ! Tu es sûr d’avoir choisi le visa 417 et pas le 462 ? Tu dois aussi vérifier que tu n’as pas fait d’erreur dans ton numéro de passeport. Reprends bien le tutoriel en français point par point pour voir si tu ne t’es pas trompé quelque part :

stef I |

thanks for the article! I have a question, maybe you can help: I applied for the visa one month before turning 31 and I was requested to do the health examinations. Unfortunately I only got an appointment in six weeks from now and will be 31 when I get the results. Will I still be eligible for the 417 visa?
Thanks so much 🙂

Timstroosnijder I |

How did it go? I might be in a similar situation. Much appreciated.

Niall I |

Hi, it says in the article you can’t arrive in Australia before your 1st WHV is granted. On the Australian Immigration website it says

“You can apply for a visitor visa to come to Australia while you are waiting on an application outcome so long as the temporary visa matches your intentions”.

I’m waiting on my WHV to be granted but I’ve been granted a visitor visa also. Do you know if there would be any problems if I waited for my WHV while in Australia on my visitor visa?

Ellie I |

Useful article, thank you! I was wondering if you’ve received any more information about if a screenshot of your account is accepted?

Annelise I |

Hi! According the feedbacks in our facebook groups, a screenshot (in english) is accepted. 🙂

bruno I |

Merci pour l’article! Juste une question: vous n’avez plus besoin d’un certificat de naissance?

Julie I |

Bonjour Bruno, l’Australie ne demande pas ce document pour le Working Holiday Visa 🙂

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