Guide to living, working abroad on a working holiday visa

Working Holiday Visa

If you have ever wanted to live like a local and create a home in a foreign country, this is your perfect gig. Source: Shutterstock.

ARE YOU a foreign citizen dreaming of moving abroad to somewhere in Asia-Pacific on a working holiday visa?

What if we told you that it is possible?

For the uninitiated, a working holiday visa allows a traveler to explore another country for a longer period than just one or two weeks.

It also gives a traveler the opportunity to live and work abroad legally for six to 12 months (sometimes more), ensuring a deeper experience than just being a tourist.

It is the best answer for those who want to travel for longer but have insufficient funds as the bring able to earn money o short-term employment helps supplement their travels.

On a working holiday visa, you will be able to make friends with locals and gain a deeper insight into the culture and discover places and things about your chosen destination you never otherwise would have on a short trip.

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Most working holiday visa schemes are under reciprocal agreements between two countries to encourage travel and cultural exchange between their citizens.

But because no two countries are the same, the requirements for each scheme may vary, and there are often several restrictions on this type of visa.

For example, many are intended for young travelers and, as such, have an age restriction. It is usually only open to people aged 18 to 30 years old.

There are also limits on the type of employment taken or the length of time the traveler can be employed, so do not be surprised if you are asked to work in tourism and hospitality or retail or seasonal industries.

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Of course, it is expected that applicants should be clear of any health conditions or prior convictions. Otherwise, he or she may be asked to fill out more paperwork and supply further documents.

The visa holder should also have sufficient funds to live on while employment is sought and should have some kind of health or travel insurance for the duration of the stay.

That having said, it is one opportunity you must take advantage of while you still can.

So if you have ever wanted to live like a local and create a home in a foreign country, this is your perfect gig.

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The list of countries which offer the perk is long, so it is perfectly understandable if you are unsure of where to look.

But to give you a headstart, here are some countries in Asia-Pacific that offer working holiday visas to foreigners*.

Singapore

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Duration: Six months.

Age: 18 to 30 years old.

Countries: Only for graduates and undergraduates from Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, UK, US.

Visit the Singaporean Ministry of Manpower website for more information.

Hong Kong

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Duration: 12 months (various employment conditions for various nationalities).

Age: 18 to 30 years old.

Countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Sweden, South Korea.

Visit the Hong Kong Immigration website for more information.

Malaysia

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Duration: Six months.

Age: 18 to 30 years old.

Countries: Australia and New Zealand.

Visit the Malaysian Immigration website for more information.

China

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Duration: 12 months.

Age: 18 to 30 years old.

Countries: New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Canada. Germany, South Korea, UK.

Visit your local Chinese Embassy for more information.

Australia

Sydney Australia

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Duration: 12 months (no more than six months per employer).

Age: 18 to 30 years old.

Countries: Taiwan, Estonia, Belgium, Italy, France, Cyprus, Finland, Hong Kong, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Malta, South Korea, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Canada, UK.

Visit the Australian Department of Home Affairs’ website for more information.

Japan

Japan

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Duration: 12 months.

Age: 18 to 30 years old. (18 to 25 years old for some nationalities).

Countries: Australia, Austria, New Zealand, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, UK, Ireland.

Visit the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information.

New Zealand

Auckland New Zealand

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Duration: 12 months.

Age: 18 to 30 years old (or 35 years old in some cases).

Countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, US, and Uruguay.

Visit the New Zealand Immigration website for more information.

South Korea

Seoul South Korea

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Duration: 12 months.

Age: 18 to 30 years old.

Countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Taiwan, US.

Visit the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for more information.

The above working holiday visa requirements are subject to change, and some destinations (such as New Zealand and Hong Kong) have put annual caps on the nationalities they allow to work and holiday in said countries.

It is best you do your due diligence and Google everything beforehand, put in extra hours of research, and make sure you have everything you need before applying for any working holiday visa.

*Availability may vary from country to country.