I thought all Australia had going for it was the Sydney Opera House and kangaroos hopping in the Outback. That and animals that don’t know who you are, but will find you and will kill you. All kidding aside, though, Australia is a land of vast opportunities. The vibrant migrant communities attest to that, and if you want to see for yourself how the Land Down Under treats its workers, you can test it out with a Working Holiday Visa.
What is a Working Holiday Visa?
This visa is primarily targeted towards young, highly educated people 30 years old and under who want to travel in Australia but want to supplement their finances with part-time work. As there is no minimum or maximum work hours stipulated, you can work as much or as little as you want to. Although the primary purpose is travel, you can also use this visa as a stepping-stone if you want to study and/or work full-time there. There are two sub-classes for this type of visa. There’s the Working Holiday Visa (sub-class 417) and the Work and Holiday Visa (sub-class 462).
Who can apply?
You must be a passport holder from an Australian partner country in their Working Holiday program. The eligible citizens are listed on their website and in the links above for the specific visa sub-class. You must have at least a functional English (hint: there’s a test if you’re not from the US, Canada, New Zealand, or Ireland) and must have turned 18 years of age. You should also prove that you have enough money to support yourself during your holidays (read: AUD5,000), as well as enough funds to cover airfare. For those applying for visa sub-class 462, you need a letter of support from your government and meet the educational requirements.
Why choose Australia?
Just because it’s down under doesn’t mean it’s at the back of beyond. Australia is very cosmopolitan in its own right, with good food, great wine, and not to mention the oldest surviving culture in the world. As for nature, I can say for sure that Sydney is stunning with beaches literally at your doorstep. Even if you live in a high-rise. You can choose to live life in the fast lane or choose to join your laid-back mates on Bondi beach. Whatever you choose, you will fall in love with Australia.