Working Holiday Program

Want to travel but also find a job to supplement your income at the same time? Your best bet would be to apply for the Working Holiday (WH) Visa for the country that you’re interested in!

WH agreements exist between various countries in which their citizens are allowed to travel and engage in paid employment at the same time for a short period of time. With the visa, you’re eligible to work in most, if not all, occupations, and even in some countries, enrol in a course. There is also an age limit (usually 30 years) for applicants for this visa.

Depending on your nationality and the destination which your visa is approved for, such programs usually last up to two years. Find out if you’re eligible for a WH visa in any of the countries listed below.

WH visa arrangements and conditions may change at any point, so I will update this page when necessary.

ARGENTINA

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Portugal

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to one year

AUSTRALIA

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malta, Norway, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to one year. But it’s possibly extendable for those who worked in Specified Jobs in designated regional parts of Australia for at least 3 months or 88 days during their first working holiday program

BRAZIL

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of France, Germany, and New Zealand

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to one year

CANADA

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years (except for Polish citizens, who can apply up to the age of 35)

Length of visa: Up to one year

CHILE

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Sweden, and Switzerland

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years (except for Canadians and Hungarians, who can apply up to the age of 35)

Length of visa: Up to one year

DENMARK

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to one year

FRANCE

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia (4-months), and Taiwan

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years (except for Canadians, who can apply up to the age of 35)

Length of visa: Up to one year

GERMANY

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada,Chile, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Uruguay

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years (except for Canadians, who can apply up to the age of 35)

Length of visa: Up to one year

HONG KONG

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Sweden, and the United Kingdom

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to one year

IRELAND

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, and the U.S.

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years (except for Canadians, who can apply up to the age of 35)

Length of visa: Up to one year (except for Canadians, who can apply for up to 2 years)

ITALY

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Korea

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years (except for Canadians, who can apply up to the age of 35)

Length of visa: Up to one year (except for Canadians, who can apply for up to 2 years)

JAPAN

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom,.

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to one year (with the possibility of extension for Canadians and New Zealand citizens once for 6 months, and twice for Australians)

MEXICO

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, and South Korea (though those from Chile, Colombia, and Peru can apply for the equivalent version of this visa under the Pacific Alliance arrangement)

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to one year

NETHERLANDS

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and South Korea

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to one year

NEW ZEALAND

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, and Vietnam

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years (except for Chileans up to the age of 35)

Length of visa: Up to one year (except for citizens of Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the U.S. who can apply for 2 years, and for Singapore                                                                             citizens who can apply for only 6 months)

*Australian citizens do not require a working holiday visa to live and work in New Zealand because of the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement.

NORWAY

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years (except for Canadians, who can apply up to the age of 35)

Length of visa: Up to one year

POLAND

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, and Taiwan

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years (except for Canadians, who can apply up to the age of 35)

Length of visa: Up to one year

PORTUGAL

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Argentina, Australia, Chile, Japan, and South Korea

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to two years

SINGAPORE

Who are eligible to apply: Undergraduate and graduate students of universities (that are recognized by their government) from Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the U.S.

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 25 years

Length of visa: Up to 6 months

SOUTH KOREA

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years (in most cases)

Length of visa: Up to one year (though it can be up to 18 months for U.S. citizens)

SPAIN

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Australia, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years (except for Canadians, who can apply up to the age of 35)

Length of visa: Up to one year

SWEDEN

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand and South Korea

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to one year

TAIWAN

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to one year

THAILAND

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Australia and New Zealand (with tertiary qualifications of at least three years of full-time education)

Age requirements for applicants: From 18 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to one year

UNITED KINGDOM

Who are eligible to apply: Citizens of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Monaco, New Zealand, and Taiwan

Age requirements for applicants: From 17 to 30 years

Length of visa: Up to 2 years (in which visa holders can work for up to 12 months)

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