“I’m taking my talents…” to Australia
I was tired of the daily grind, so I booked a vacation to Sydney, Australia.
There I was, drinking some goon at my first-ever hostel in a neighborhood called Kings Cross. I ran into a shit load of diverse backpackers who were all traveling in Australia for a year. The first thoughts that came to my mind were, “How are they allowed to stay in Australia for a year?” and ”How could someone afford a year-long vacation?”
I soon found out I “was an idiot for coming to Australia for a mere 10 days.”
The young (younger than I) backpackers filled me in on some common travel knowledge; there are loads of “Work and Holiday Visa” options for people wanting to work and travel in certain countries. It all depends on what agreements are in place between your country and the hosting country. As an American citizen, we only have a few options for working and holiday visa programs. As of this writing, I only know of an agreement between the US and Australia and the US and New Zealand. There are others, but they seem a little more restrictive.
With the Work and Holiday Visa, if granted, you are allowed to work and live in Australia for 12 months. How great is that? Long gone are the days of selling your semen and/or plasma for travel money. Now you legally have a chance to flip burgers to fund your adventures.
With this knowledge I left Sydney and flew home to Hawai’i dreaming that someday I would return to Australia for a year’s worth of exploration.
Within a few hours of being back in the cubicle I’d already researched the requirements of the visa. I knew I had to get serious so I started collecting loose change for the application fee, which cost under $300.
Some basic rules for the “Work and Holiday Visa” subclass 462 are:
-You must be between 18-30 (inclusive) years old when you lodge your application. Do not wait until the day before your 31st birthday to apply!
-Normally if requested, prove you have at least $5,000 AUD worth in your bank account to show you can fund your time in Australia.
-Meet various other character and educational requirements.
If you’re planning on applying for Australia Working Holiday Visa, I recommend that you read all the rules and apply through the Australian immigration website.