Tomorrow’s my last day at work… then the wedding… then I’m off! I leave for Oz next Friday August 3rd. I can’t wait to fill this blog with posts all about the adventure! Now back to logistics…
If you’re planning on travelling and staying in Australia, why not make a little coin? To do that you’ll need a ‘Working Holiday Visa.’
To see an overview of your options, or if you’re an Australian looking to work overseas in another country, you can check out the Australian Government’s website here.
Here’s the gist:
A working holiday visa grants you: permission to stay up to 1 year in Australia, leave and come back to Australia as many times as you’d like within the year your visa is valid, work for up to 6 months with an individual employer and study for up to 4 months.
Cost: $280 AUD (7/26/12).
For those aged 18-30 years old, you’ll either be applying for a ‘Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)’, or a ‘Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)’ depending on your citizenship.
For people 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 people from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and USA.
Ready to apply?
Always apply online. I co-worker of mine said her friend applied by mail 3 weeks ago… she still hasn’t heard back. I applied online and got my visa emailed to me 24 hours after applying.
Apply online here.
Scroll down until you see a chart and click on the application that applies to you. Canadians between 18-30 years of age who are entering Australia for the first time will click ‘First Working Holiday (for subclass 417)’.
You’ll be led through a series of very simple questions which should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Make sure you have your passport info with you and any other ID—you’ll be needing to provide this information during the application process. After completing the application, print or keep record of any information noted.
All you’ll have to do now is wait! You could also check the status of your application here.