Article by: Hari Yellina (Orchard Tech)
If you are planning to work while you visit Australia, then there are a few things you need to understand before you take the plunge. If you are aged between 18 and 30 and possess a passport that allows you to take part in Australia’s Working Holiday Maker, then you may have the chance to secure a 12-month visa that will ensure that you are allowed to work in Australia during your stay here.
The Australian Working Holiday visa is open to applicants aged between 18 and 30. Citizens of Canada, France or Ireland are eligible until the age of 35.
There are a number of benefits when you decide to avail this visa. These perks are both personal and professional. For instance, this time away from home will allow you to travel and meet new people. In fact, this is a great opportunity to expose yourself to various different cultures as you go through a journey of self-discovery.
The Working Holiday visa application requires identity documents such as your passport and financial evidence that proves you have the funds to stay in Australia, usually AUD $5,000. You’ll need to meet certain health and character requirements, and you may also be asked to provide a police certificate. All documents must be in English, and any scan or photograph of documents must be clear and in colour.
Processing times vary. Many applicants will hear a response in as little as two weeks, while others may wait more than 40 days to receive a response.
Your first Working Holiday visa lasts for 12 months. However, there are options to stay for two or even three years on your working holiday if you complete regional or farm work specified by the Australian Government.