Getting an Australian Visa
Ok so we couldn’t get an interview with these guys ...something to do with security or something, but they did send us the official word on all things visas;
So check out the below – this is all 100% correct, as it came from a very nice guy at the Department of Immigration in Australia.
- Australia is continuing to expand its Working Holiday visa program to enhance cultural development, support the tourist industry and help employers meet needs for seasonal workers.
- Australia's Department of Immigration and Citizenship says the number of Working Holiday makers has almost doubled since 2000.
- Australia now grants more than 130 000 of these visas each year. The largest source countries are Britain, Korea, Germany, Ireland and Japan.
- Most working holiday makers apply for their first one-year visas online at www.immi.gov.au
- Applicants must hold a passport from one of 19 eligible countries, be aged 18 to 30 and meet health, character and financial requirements.
- Visa holders can work in Australia for up to six months with each employer, and study for up to four months.
- Visitors can apply for a second year-long working holiday visa if they do three months seasonal work for a primary producer -- such as a farm or mine -- in an eligible regional area while on their first working holiday visa.
For more information, go to www.immi.gov.au/visitors, contact an Australian embassy, or phone the Department of Immigration and Citizenship contact centre in Australia on 131 881.
Many people who first come to Australia on working holidays return to do skilled work, and some go on to become residents and citizens. If you are unsure if this is the visa for you OR you want to find out more about other types of visas to come to Oz –try this cool VISA FIND tool powered by the Department of Immigration, Australia. It’s awesome. All you have to do is answer a few simple questions and it can give you all the info on visas you might be eligible for, the forms to down load and fill out and heaps more.