Working Holiday Visa For Australia - What is it?
Basically it is an agreement that Australia has with Japan that allows people of both countries to spend time on holiday and actually work so that they can afford to spend time on holiday doing the usual things like sightseeing and other recreational activities. The actual purpose is not for full-out working at an English conversation school or studying Japanese at a school.
In a sense it is a bit like the JET Program in the sense that the purpose of the JET Program is to foster mutual understanding of each other's cultures via. education. Whereas an Australian working holiday visa has similar aims but it's primary focus is on a cultural level. Whereas with the JET program it is more focused on an educational level in terms of helping Japanese high school students to speak and understand English in addition to some level of developing an awareness of foreign cultures.
In order for an Australian to get a working holiday visa there are a few qualifications the applicant must have.
It kind of goes without saying that first and foremost you'll need a passport. That will set you back $282 dollars. That is for a 10 year validity term. (A replacement visa will cost you $142. Of course all of these numbers are in Australian dollars.) There is an age limit as well as you need to be between 18 and 30 years of age at the time of actual application for your visa.
Also the visa extends to you and not to anyone else so for example if you have dependents (children) etc. they don't get a free ride in on your visa. You will also need a return ticket as they need to know you're not planning on going on a 10 year party in Japan without a proper working visa. If you don't have this you'll have to show sufficient funds to buy one.
However it is not the easiest way to get a job. Note: We didn't say impossible (never did like that word), but your employer will know that you are limited to a 1 year stay in Japan and upon the expiration of your WHV you will have to change your visa status. If you don't have a degree, a company can't sponsor you for a teaching visa. So the long and short of it is that you will have to find an employer who is willing to hire you for a year.
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