Working Holiday Visa Australia


Working Holiday Visa 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.

Working Holiday Visa Australia. It all Begins with a Travel Passport and a Wad of Cash.

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 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.

Australian Working Holiday Visa Limitations

  • It's also necessary to show that you have "reasonable funds"  to maintain your stay to be issued your working holiday visa. (How they determine this we don't know.) The visa is good for 12 months but you have to extend your visa after 6 months at your local immigration office and pay 400 yen.
  • Another thing that the Japanese government kind of frowns upon is the type of work that you do with your working holiday visa. They um... well... don't want you to be working in night clubs or the "mizu shobai" as they call it over here.
  • When you apply for your Australian working holiday visa you need to be present in Australia at the time of application or in other words - apply from Australia. So if you are in Jamaica visiting friends you can't apply for a working holiday visa from there.
  • A couple more on their list is that you need to be in good health.  And you can't have applied for one before. They are pretty much hip to the the skip of multiple applications.
  •  Also you DO NOT have to have a 4 year degree in order to get a working holiday visa Japanese immigration does not mandate a degree.

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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