Are you are aged between 18 and 30, looking for adventure, but need to work abroad to fund your travels? Then Australia’s working holiday program is designed for you…
Depending on your country of citizenship, you may apply for the Working Holiday Visa (WHV) Subclass 417or the Work and Holiday Visa Subclass 462. The visa permits you to enter Australia for a period of 12 months and to fund your travel by working with an Australian business for a maximum of 6 months. You cannot work for the same employer for more than 6 months, unless special significance applies and you have been granted permission to do so. It is also important to note that the 12 months will commence on the date of your first arrival in Australia.
The Working Holiday Visa is currently open to citizens of 19 countries, including Canada, the United Kingdom, The Republic of Korea and Hong Kong. The Work and Holiday visa is available to countries including the United States, Indonesia and Malaysia.
The Department of Immigration & Border Protection (DIBP) is looking to expand the number of partner countries and on 23 November 2014 arrangements with Spain and Portugal commenced under the Work and Holiday visa. Arrangements with Israel and Greece are set to commence once start dates for the arrangements have been agreed.
To apply for the working holiday visa, applicants must meet set criteria. This includes:
• Be aged between 18 and 30 when you submit the visa application
• Hold a current passport from one of the partner countries
• Meet all health, character and financial requirements
• Not include dependent children in the application
• Applicants for the Work and Holiday Subclass 461 will also need to meet English language criteria, have completed at least two years of tertiary study at an undergraduate level and possess a “letter of home government support”.
If you would like to know more about the Working Holiday program, contact the friendly team at Expat.