Recovery efforts for Australian bushfires are considered “specified work activities” valid to request the Working Holiday Visa extension.
On 17th February 2020, the Australian Government announced some changes directed to the Working Holiday Maker (WHM). These affect 417 and 462 visas and will contribute in the forest reconstruction and intervention to help communities affected by recent bushfire activities.
According to these changes, Working Holiday Maker (WHM) will be able to volunteer or work (with remuneration) in the listed recovery areas affected by bushfire. Be aware that those specified work activities are valid ONLY IF executed in the listed areas considered catastrophic by the Australian Government. Once the specified activities are completed, Working Holiday Maker will be able to renew the second or third Working Holiday Visa and continue to stay in Australia.
In addition, Working Holiday Maker (subclass 417 and 462) working in the catastrophic areas and assisting the affected communities will be able to work or volunteer for a 12 months period with the same employer and business. In this case only, it won’t be necessary to send the request the work department authorization after 6 months.
More updates will be released in the website when changes will be applied.
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