Extend Your Stay in Australia

If your working holiday visa is coming to an end, there may be options available to remain in Australia.

Below you can find the most common ways to extend your stay legally.  

Extend Your

Working Holiday Visa

If you are eligible, then a working holiday visa is by far the easiest way to remain in Australia. If you have already obtained your first working holiday visa, you may still be eligible for a second Subclass 417 working holiday visa. To be entitled to apply for a second working holiday visa, you must have completed at least 88 days of specified regional work. Check your eligibility and learn more about the second working holiday visa through our detailed article or by getting in touch with Pathway to Aus. 

Alternative options
for extending your stay

Partner Visa

If you are not eligible for a second working holiday visa you still have other options such as partner visa.
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Partner Visa

If you are currently in a de facto or spousal relationship with an Australian resident or citizen, then you may be eligible for a partner visa. This visa has two stages; firstly, you receive a temporary visa, and later you can apply for your permanent visa.

To meet the de facto requirements, you must prove that you and your partner:

  • A mutually committed to a shared life to the exclusion of all others
  • Are in a genuine and continuing relationship
  • Live together permanently
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Visa Approval

To have your visa approved, you must demonstrate that you have been in the de facto relationship for at least 12 months before submission of the application. In some states in Australia, you may be able to waive this requirement by registering your relationship.

Immigration officials will judge your de facto relationship based on:

  • The Financial Aspect
  • The Nature of the household
  • The social aspect of the relationship
  • The couple’s commitment to each other

Secondary applicant

Be added as a secondary applicant on your partner’s visa

Secondary applicant to Partner Visa

If you are in a de facto or spousal relationship with a partner that currently holds an Australian visa (Student/Employer Sponsored/General Skilled Migration), then you may be eligible to be added as a secondary applicant to that visa.

Only under certain circumstances can a partner be added as a secondary applicant, but if it is a possibility, it could be the cheapest option for you. Please note that you can be added as the second applicant to most visas except for the working holiday visas.

Some of the benefits

No course tuition fees to study a separate course

Don't need to return home when you have a new partner

Stay with your partner even when they haven't finished their course

Case Study

A French girl named Rose met an Argentinian man named James in Australia, and they began a relationship. Rose was on a working holiday visa that was due to expire, while James had a student visa for a course that would not finish for another 18 months. Rose did not want to study a course in Australia and had no other visa options that would allow her to work in Australia. Neither Rose nor James had declared their De Facto Partnership on their previous visa application.

Our Support and Solution

With a little work, we were able to successfully add Rose as a secondary applicant to James’s student visa without cancelling his original student visa. By providing the correct supporting documents, Rose had her visa granted roughly three weeks after we made her application. 

Rose was granted a secondary applicant student visa, with limited work rights (40 hours per fortnight). Her visa would expire the same day as James’s student visa.

Work in Australia

There are many different work visa options in Australia. Depending on your skills, work experience and education, you could be eligible for one or more of the visas below. You can list partners, spouses and children as secondary applicants to the visa.

482 Employer Sponsored

The 482 Employer Sponsored visa is the most common work visa in Australia. It is a temporary visa that allows you to live and work in Australia. It is quite common for working holidaymakers or students to move to a 482 Employer Sponsored visa. Some examples of our past clients moving from a working holiday or student visa to an employer sponsored visa include Paolo and Tom.

To be eligible for this visa, you must:

  • Have a job offer from an employer
  • The job must be on the Short term Skilled Occupation List, and have a salary of at least $53,900 AUD per year
  • The employer must also agree to ”sponsor” your visa and become an approved business sponsor

For tips on how to find an employer that is willing to sponsor you, read our detailed article here, or find out more information on the 482 Visa here.

General Skilled Migration

General Skilled Migration (Subclass 189 or 190) visas are permanent visas that allow you to live and work in Australia. You are not required to have a job offer from an employer to apply for this visa. Jose is a past client of Pathway to Aus who successfully moved onto a general skilled migration visa (Skilled Independent – Subclass 189).

To be eligible for this visa, you must:

Find more information on general skilled migration here.

Student Visa

For many working holidaymakers, studying a course in Australia may be the most affordable way to extend a stay in Australia. If you study the right course, it could also put you on a pathway to applying for a long-term work visa. On a student visa you are allowed to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight and unlimited hours during school holidays. You can add partners, spouses and children as secondary applicants to the visa.

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English Language Schools

($150 – $300 per week)

Courses include: General English, IELTS, English for Academic Purposes

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Vocational Institutions

($100 – $200 per week)

Vocational Courses include: IT, Management, Fitness, Business, Accounting, Nursing, Childcare, Automotive plus many more.

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Trade Courses

Courses available include: Carpentry, Joinery, Automotive Mechanical, Painting and Decorating, Engineering Fabrication


In case of questions, feel free to reach out to one of our experienced Registered Migration Agents.

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Extend your stay in Australia was last modified: October 26th, 2021 by Nick Yock