Australia & Brazil Sign Work and Holiday Visa Agreement

Australia & Brazil Sign Work and Holiday Visa Agreement
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photo by Raphael Nogueira on Unsplash.

Update: This visa is now available. See our guide for details.

Australia and Brazil have signed a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa agreement which will come into effect from 1 July 2022.

From this date, up to 500 young Brazilian citizens per year will be able to travel to Australia on a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa. As this is a reciprocal agreement, Australian citizens should in principle also soon be able to apply for Work and Holiday visas to travel to Brazil each year – but this is yet to be confirmed.

Under this arrangement, a one-year Work and Holiday visa (“Visto de Trabalho e Férias” in Portuguese) will be available to Brazilian citizens aged 18-30 years old. While in Australia, visa holders will be allowed undertake short-term work and study.

In its announcement, the Australian government has already released some information about the requirements that will apply for Brazilian citizens coming to Australia on a Work and Holiday (462) visa. The general Work and Holiday visa requirements are also outlined on the Department of Home Affairs website and include:

  • Aged 18-30 years old (inclusive) and be outside of Australia at the time of applying for the visa
  • Have not previously held a Working Holiday Visa or Work and Holiday Visa in Australia
  • Have enough money to support yourself initially in Australia (generally at least AUD5,000 or approx. BRL17,100) and to buy a plane ticket back to Brazil at the end of the year
  • Meet the Australian government’s health and character requirements
  • Have a tertiary qualification and/or have successfully completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study
  • Have at least “functional” English language skills
  • Have not had a previous visa application to Australia refused and you/your family members do not owe the Australian government any money
  • Agree to sign the “Australian Values Statement”
  • Will not be accompanied by dependent children

The Australian government charges AUD495 (approx. BRL1,700) for a one-year Work and Holiday visa.

Australia is already a popular destination for Brazilians, which are the largest migrant group in Australia from Latin America. Brazil is also the fifth largest source of international students in Australia.

Will this visa also be offered for Australians to travel to Brazil?

The Brazilian Ministry of External Relations also released an announcement about the new reciprocal agreement (in Portuguese). This announcement did not contain any information about whether or how Australians would be able to apply for a Brazilian working holiday visa in the other direction.

However, the memorandum of understanding signed between the two governments is available on the Brazilian government’s website and contains details about what will be required of Australians who wish to travel to Brazil on a Work and Holiday visa.

Brazil already has reciprocal working holiday visa agreements with New Zealand, Germany and France. With all of these agreements, visa applications are open in both directions.

The Brazilian embassy in Canberra does not yet have any information about this visa on its website. But as a point of reference, the Embassy of Brazil in Wellington website currently contains information on how New Zealand citizens can apply for a working holiday visa (VITEM VI) in Brazil.

The Australia-Brazil working holiday visa agreement will come into force from 1 July 2022, with applications opening after this date.

Australia also recently negotiated new working holiday programs with Mongolia and India, although initially only Indians will be able to come to Australia on Work and Holiday visas – and not the other way around.

Matt Graham

Matt is the founder of Working Holidays for Aussies. Passionate about travel and always looking for great deals, he believes that gap years & working holidays are the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture and gain invaluable life experience. Originally from Australia, Matt has travelled to over 80 countries and has lived in New Zealand, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

4 thoughts on “Australia & Brazil Sign Work and Holiday Visa Agreement

  1. hey, im australian and would LOVE to get a wh visa to brazil, but its sooo hars to find info online its always brazilians going to australia, never the ither way around so im finding it really hard to find any real info, is there any updates???

  2. Hi, my step son would like to apply for one of these but he does not fulfil the below point:
    – a tertiary qualification _ have successfully completed at least 2 years of undergraduate university study..
    Is it worth him even trying to apply?

    1. In my opinion, no, it’s probably not worth applying if he doesn’t meet all of the criteria. As this is a visa requirement, the application would likely be rejected if he hasn’t completed at least two years of tertiary study.

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