How to get a Working Holiday Visa in Australia? What do you need to do? How to prepare for your big one-year adventure? Some useful tips and tricks for an easy start.
What is Work and Holiday / Working Holiday Visa?
It is worth clarifying this question before you make the decision of having one of the best adventures in your life.
Just to make it simple: there are some countries that allow you to work and travel around for a year (or a little bit more). It’s such an awesome possibility and an amazing way to know more about the country’s culture, customs, locals and making millions of new friends from different countries.
What countries can I get a WHV for?
Well, it really depends on your nationality but here is a list of the countries that offer WHV.
It is always highly recommended to check your destination’s immigration website so you can be sure if you are eligible for the WHV and what you need to do to get it.
More about Working Holiday Visa
I’ve got this question so many times since I had the idea to travel to Australia. If I’m being honest, I don’t have only one huge reason to answer the question ‘Why Australia?’ but I have a million small reasons including some silly stuff such as I’d never seen a kangaroo before (so let’s travel 16.000 km to see one).
Let’s see some real ones:
It is English speaking – well, sometimes you don’t really feel, especially in the outback.
It is just so easy to travel around – the perfect place for inexperienced travellers! So many ways to get around, so many hostels, tours and helpful people. It feels that this country is designed for backpackers.
Australia is nothing like any other place – stunning beaches, rolling hills, amazing wildlife and breathtaking view. Not to mention all of the unique experiences that you can have here.
Money – Australia is literally one of the most expensive countries in the world BUT once you start working here, you will realize that you can make and save so much money for further travels. Obviously, it depends on your lifestyle but if you can say goodbye to the Four Seasons’ rooms, you can do it. So many people’s practice to work in Australia for a couple of months so they can go to Asia afterwards to live like a king.
And there are many more reasons so keep reading and go for your visa.
How to get a Working Holiday Visa Australia?
So you finally made the decision that your dream destination is Australia and you’re ready to spend a year in this amazing country.
But, before you would start packing let’s grab your visa.
First things first check whether you’re eligible or not. The best way to find it out is the immigration website, as I just mentioned it a couple of paragraphs before.
Please be aware that there are two types of working holiday visas:
Must be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive)
Must have a passport from an eligible country
Must not be accompanied by dependent children
Must be 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – except for Canadian, French and Irish citizens up to 35 (inclusive)
Must have a passport from an eligible country or jurisdiction
Must not be accompanied by dependent children
Your nationality will decide which one you have to pick. There is a little bit of difference between the two but luckily (and surprisingly) the website is really user-friendly so you are able to get to know pretty much every detail about your visa and the method of the application. There is a step by step guide on how to lodge your application so it is super easy.
I’d like to talk about a really interesting thing that I noticed when I did my research on the topic. So many people have asked if they have to provide exactly what the Australian Government asks for and is it possible to get the visa if they don’t.
Although there is a little chance to get your visa without providing anything or having $5000 AUD but why would you take this risk? What they ask for is not a big deal at all. They probably won’t check everything but please be aware that they have the right to do that and if you get caught they can deny your visa.
So considering that you can apply only once and the fact that collecting all of the stuff you need to is super easy please stop looking for needless loopholes and just do it in order to have an adventure for a lifetime.
Although Immi website says that it will take a while to be granted, most of the time the process is faster than that and so many people will be granted in less than a week but don’t be freaked out if it is not this fast for you. It doesn’t mean that you won’t get it.
Finally granted? Good! Such a good feeling, right? Yes, it is truly happening, you’re going to Australia for a year! Yaaay!
Take a big breath, chill out and let’s jump to the exciting part.
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