The Working Holiday visa for Australia is designed to provide people between the ages of 18 and 30 the opportunity to travel around Australia whilst being able to add to their funds via the opportunity of being able to work.
Only citizens of countries that have a reciprocal arrangement with Australia can apply for a work and holiday visa.
What Working Holiday visa options are there?
There are three Working Holiday visa options to be considered, depending on what country you are a citizen of and whether you have held a Working Holiday visa for Australia before. It is possible for individuals who have previously held a work and holiday visa to apply for a further one under certain conditions.
For first time applicants and those seeking a second Working Holiday visa from Belgium, Canada, Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and United Kingdom.
For first time applicants and those seeking a second Working Holiday visa from Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA.
What does a Working Holiday visa allow me to do?
In general a Working Holiday visa allows you to enter and stay for up to 12 months from the activation of your visa. You are permitted during this time to work, but for a maximum period of 6 months with only one employer. In addition, study of up to 4 months can be undertaken.
Getting assistance with a Working Holiday visa
The first point to note is that only licensed immigration agents or those exempt can provide you with advice that is backed up by the Migration Agents Authority. As such, you should only deal with those agents on their website. Intergate Emigration have a fully licensed advisor – Katrin Maja Maehl. You can view her details on the official Migration Agents Authority website here.
Also beware of ‘agents’ not based in Australia with DIBP numbers. These numbers may look official but are only issued for purposes of administration and does not mean that the agent is qualified or licensed by MARA.
Contacting Intergate Emigration
To find out more about Working Holiday visas as well as other Australian immigration and visa options, you are welcome to call us on + 27 (0) 21 202 2800 or e-mail us here.