Some of you may think when reading the title of this article, the relationship that a Visa card can have with our usual travel articles. Well, actually, it has a lot to do with it! Above all, it is designed for those travelers who, in addition to spending a nice stay at the chosen destination, want to take advantage of the opportunity to work there.
If you want to know what a Working Holiday Visa and you want to know how to process it, then we will tell you about it and we will indicate all the steps.
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What is the Working Holiday Visa?
It is a specific type of visa that allows you to work and stay in the country what do you choose for a full 12 months. In this period, you can enter and leave the country as many times as you want.
In the following lines, we will answer the most frequent questions about this visa card so that you do not have any doubts about its procedures and requirements to be granted it.
Which are the requirements?
These they will depend a lot on the country you want to access. For example, Argentina has agreements with New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Germany, Portugal, France, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and Norway. Depending on where you come from and where you want to travel, you should inform yourself about it.
To be able to request it you must be between 18 and 35 years old (Although it is a data that can also fluctuate depending on the country). In general, they ask you to prove that you have economic funds to stay in the country while you get the desired job, to buy your return ticket and to take out medical insurance for any health incidents that may occur. They also make sure you don't have a criminal record.
Do you need to know the language?
It depends on the destination. In Australia, for example, they ask you to certify your level of English with an international exam. Although in certain places it is not strictly necessary, it is always advisable to have a basic notions of the language of the place you want to go. This will help you to function better once you arrive and avoid certain problems and misunderstandings at the beginning.
And if not, knowing English, the international language, will make things much easier for you in almost all countries.
When should you request it?
Quotas are renewed once a year and depending on the country three different things can happen: that are limited and are sold out the same day that the application is opened, that are unlimited, or that are not limited but are not in high demand and do not sell out so quickly.
Do you have to stay a full year to apply?
Although visas are given for a total of 12 months, it is not necessary to stay the whole year, but you can stay less time if it is what you want. However, we suggest and recommend that you take advantage of this opportunity that you can only have once in your life in each of the available destinations.
How can you find a job?
Finding both work and accommodation at the destination will be entirely your own responsibility. The best and easiest thing is if you know someone in the place to which you are going to go. This will be able to tell you which are the most accessible jobs that you can find in the area.
If, on the other hand, you do not know anyone, we recommend you enter some group of Facebook of the many that there are in which travelers exchange specific information and also offer help or accommodation. They will also be able to give you information about experiences in the country and advice, both for coexistence and work.
Will you be able to work across the continent?
You can only work in the country to which you applied for the visa. For example, if you have an Argentina visa, you can travel throughout the American continent but you can only work in Argentina.
If you have any other questions about it, you can ask them in our comments section. We will be delighted to be able to solve it. Remember that each country has its own requirements, find out well before planning anything.