Working Holiday Visa Holders to Australia on the Rise

August 28, 2013

Australian has seen a record high number of working holiday visas issued since the start of the global financial crisis.

Latest official immigration data reveals a one-third increase in the number of overseas applicants granted working holiday visas since the global financial crisis began. There was a record of 249,231 visas issued for backpackers, according to the new data.

The number of young backpackers from Hong Kong SAR, Italy and Taiwan who were granted visas during 2012/2013 has increased by three times since the start of the global financial crisis in 2008/09, while backpacker numbers issued visas from France, Germany and the UK have risen by 52 percent, 29 percent and 15 percent respectively.

"(Backpackers) coming from these countries are not the traditional holiday and work seekers, but rather job-hungry migrants anxious to maximise their income from work here," the report says.

Australia has welcomed nearly half a million migrants of working age since 2011 on permanent or temporary visas. According to the report, the number of working-age migrants who have recently arrived in Australia increased by 168,700 during the period of 12 months to this May. 108,200 among them are working.

Of the 126,900 total increase in the number of workers in Australia during the year, 85 percent are new migrants.

"This means that almost all of the recent net growth in employment is attributable to recently-arrived migrants," the report says.

An Australian Working Holiday visa is valid for 12 months from the date of first entry and holders are permitted to travel freely to and from Australia during this period.

Working Holiday visa holders are permitted to work for up to 6 months with each employer and undertake up to 4 months of study or training. It may also be possible to apply for another 12 months Working Holiday visa if at least 3 months of seasonal work has been undertaken in certain regional Australia.

If you are interested in Australian visas, contact Migration Expert for information and advice on which visa is best suited to you. You can also try our Visa Assessment to see if you are eligible to apply for a visa to Australia.