How To Apply For An Australian Working Holiday Visa

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Apply for Australian holiday working visa

There are so many reasons to move to Australia. Which, is why applying for an Australian working holiday visa is a great idea. 

One of the big reasons is the weather, with the average January high in Sydney being 26°C!

And during the Australian winter, the temperatures aren’t bad either – the average June high being 17°C.

Australia has one of the lowest air pollution levels in the world, as well as some of the most stunning natural beauty.

Ulluru (Ayers Rock)

Caption – Ulluru (Ayers Rock), Northern Territory  

Australia is a truly multicultural society – 43% of Australians were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas.

Australians pride themselves on perfecting their work-life balance.

The country has a strong economy and a low unemployment rate of around 5%.

There’s a great chance of finding work in Australia, and it’s also a great place to be a worker.

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Thinking of applying for an Australian Working Holiday Visa?

Before going to work in Australia, we’ve got all the crucial information you’ll need to know right here.

Does It Matter Where I’m From?

Australia currently has reciprocal working holiday arrangements with the following countries:

Belgium Finland Ireland Norway Taiwan
Canada France Italy *Republic of Cyprus The Netherlands
Denmark Germany Japan Republic of Korea United Kingdom
Estonia Hong Kong Malta Sweden

*Holders of passports from The Republic of Cyprus are not eligible to apply for an electronic working holiday visa. They must lodge their application with their resident Australian Government office.

Travelers from the United States should note that they are not eligible for the Australian Working Holiday Visa.

They can instead apply for the Australian Work and Holiday Visa, which is very similar to the Australian Working Holiday Visa.

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How Do I Know If I’m Eligible?

To be eligible for an Australian Working Holiday Visa, the applicant must:

  • Be aged between 18 and 30 years (inclusive) of age and unaccompanied by dependent children
  • Applicants from Ireland and Canada can be aged between 18 and 35 years (inclusive)
  • Be an eligible passport holder (from the above countries) with at least 6 months until renewal on their passport
  •  Show sufficient funds (typically a minimum of AUD$5,000) for a return or onward fare and an adequate amount of funds for the first part of their stay
  • Be of good character and meet the health criteria
How Do I Apply To Work In Australia?

First of all, you’ll have to meet all the above requirements.

Once you do, you are free to begin applying online for your visa to work in Australia.

You can do so on the Australian Government’s website, by following this link.  

There is an option to apply for either a First Working Holiday Visa or a Second Working Holiday Visa

These pages will tell you all the necessary information you will need to gather and provide a platform for you to submit this information. It’s a rather simple process, but it’s worth noting an Australian Working Holiday Visa can take up to 8 weeks to process. This time may be extended by the presence of a criminal offense on the application or the need for a medical.

The visa allows you to make your initial entry into Australia no later than 12 months from the date that the visa was granted.

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How Long Does The Australian Working Visa Last?

The visa permits you to stay in Australia 12 months from the date that you first enter Australia. You may leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you wish during your 12-month stay. If you depart the country during your 12 months, you can’t recover the time you spent outside Australia.

Australian Working Holiday Visa holders are eligible able to apply for a second Australian Working Holiday Maker Visa.

However, applicants will only be eligible if they have worked as a specified worker in a designated area of Australia for 3 months.

Are There Australian Working Holiday Visa Conditions?

It is very important to abide by the following visa conditions. Failure to do so may result in the visa being canceled and a requirement to leave Australia.

  • You must not work in Australia for one employer for more than 6 months
  • While in Australia you must not engage, for more than 4 months, in any studies or training

What Is The Best Way To Send Money To Australia?

When moving to Australia, it is recommended you have the equivalent of at least 5000 Australian Dollars in your account.

When withdrawing money or using your card abroad, you pay high fees and unfair exchange rates to your local bank.

To avoid these fees and charges, you will have to open an Australian bank account. One issue people face when opening a bank account overseas is transferring their money over.

Transferring online with your bank or through bank wire transfers sacrifices huge portions of your money in wire transfer fees. These transfers can also take around 5 working days to arrive into your new account.

Some people will opt to send their money using online transfer companies like Transferwise. However, to send the equivalent of AUD$5,000 from Canada with Transferwise, you pay around $40 in fees (as per Transferwise website in December 2018) !

Thankfully, REMITR is here to save you both time and money. Our service eliminates high fees and guarantees savings, charging a flat fee as low as $5!

REMITR allows users to send and receive money 24/7 to 150 countries worldwide. We offer users the best live exchange rate, no matter what the currency.

If you need to send money, but also want to save money, get in touch with REMITR today.