Get a Working Holiday Visa in Australia
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">What is a Working Holiday Visa?</span></h2> <figure class="wp-block-image alignnone size-large wp-image-5241 size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="682" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-995765-1024x682.jpg" alt="Get a Working Holiday Visa in Australia" class="wp-image-9947" title="Get a Working Holiday Visa in Australia" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-995765-1024x682.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-995765-300x200.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-995765-768x512.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-995765-1200x800.jpg 1200w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-995765.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>The Sydney Opera House is not all that Australia has to offer.</figcaption></figure> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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 </span><a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/work-australia-student-visa/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">study</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and/or </span><a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/australian-points-system/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">work</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> full-time there. There are two sub-classes for this type of visa. There’s the </span><a href="https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/417-#tab-content-1" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Working Holiday Visa (sub-class 417)</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and the </span><a href="https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/462-" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Work and Holiday Visa (sub-class 462)</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Who can apply?</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">You must be a passport holder from an Australian partner country in their Working Holiday program. The eligible citizens are listed on their </span><a href="https://www.australia.com/en/facts-and-planning/working-holiday-visa-faq.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">website</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and in the links above for the specific visa sub-class. You must have at least a functional English (hint: there’s a </span><a href="https://blog.trueprofile.io/ielts-101-know/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">test</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> 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.</span></p> <figure class="wp-block-image alignnone size-large wp-image-5240 size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="1024" height="649" src="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-297995-1024x649.jpg" alt="Get a Working Holiday Visa in Australia" class="wp-image-9948" title="Get a Working Holiday Visa in Australia" srcset="https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-297995-1024x649.jpg 1024w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-297995-300x190.jpg 300w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-297995-768x487.jpg 768w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-297995-1200x760.jpg 1200w, https://production-prod-trueprofile-blogassets-origin.s3.ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/uploads/2021/03/pexels-photo-297995.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px" /><figcaption>You can ski in Australia!</figcaption></figure> <h2><span style="font-weight: 400;">Why choose Australia?</span></h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">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 </span><a href="http://www.aboriginalculture.com.au/introduction.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><span style="font-weight: 400;">oldest surviving culture</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> 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.</span></p>