Australia is the place to come for a working holiday or work and holiday. Of course, you need a working holiday visa or a
work and holiday visa to come to Australia for a working holiday or work and holiday. The working holiday visa and work and holiday visa can be your first step
in seeing the country before you decide to immigrate to Australia. I mean that's what I'd do. I'd come over on a working holiday and if I really liked it, then
and only then would I immigrate to Australia.
"The United States has Mexicans to clean
their toilets and floors. Western Europe has Eastern Europeans for theirs.
East Asians have Southeast Asians. Who does Australia have? Working
holiday visa-holders. "
Doug Knell, Doug's Republic
Once upon a time, Australia, as part of the Commonwealth, allowed
young adults from other developed nations in the
Commonwealth to come work and holiday Down Under.
Translation: the people from poor Commonwealth nations
like India, Pakistan, and Fiji were out. Those
from wealthy Commonwealth nations like Canada and the United
Kingdom were in.
Time passed, Australian wages rose. Australia realized
it could grow grapes. Australian wages rose some more.
Australia's grapes became the seed of a wine industry that
could compete with the finest in in France, Chile, and the
United States. More money was funneled into the wine
industry and other agricultural industries so as to export
food to all of Australia's new Asian trading partners.
Australian wages rose even higher.
They're flocking from all over the universe for a working holiday Down Under
fruits with a passion
A dilemma developed. Who to pick all these fruits?
New Australian immigrants, mainly from Asia, weren't
flocking to the farmlands for fruit-picking. They were
going to Perth, Adelaide, Sydney, or Melbourne.
Australia shared no land borders with vastly poorer nations. A
brilliant idea hit: expand the working holiday
visa-holder program. Let these nearly broke
holidaymakers pick the fruit without collecting benefits.
They'd soon grow bored and move on, but who cared? A new crew of
holidaymakers would always be arriving to take over where
the previous crews left off.
For someone to be eligible to come to Australia on a
working holiday visa, Australia and that person's
country must have signed reciprocal working holiday
Australia already had plenty of Canadians and British
flooding the country, and a large number of Australians
to work in Canada and Britain. You might say all these
countries made valid "swaps." Nowadays, it's
irrelevant whether the swap is equal. Citizens of
Estonia, Taiwan, Sweden, and South Korea are
eligible to come to Australia for a working holiday.
Do you honestly believe Australians flock in droves to those
countries in return? If an Australian goes
to Taiwan or South Korea, he'd probably be going to teach
English and wouldn't need a working holiday visa to begin
with. Australia's primary concern is that citizens from other countries, as many
Australia can ink deals with, come to Australia and
work and spend. Australia doesn't care if its
own citizens go to those countries or even know where they
are on a map. If Australia could ink deals with the
governments on Mars, Uranus, Jupiter, and even outlying
solar systems, so alien bodies could be beamed to Australia to pick
fruits, it would.
Doug's Republic has sound reason for believing the
motivation behind the Australian Working Holiday visa program is governed this
way. For one, the list of countries keeps expanding.
Indonesians, Malaysians, Thais, Chileans, and Americans have
been added on a rather new 'Work And Holiday' visa program,
which except for the "and" is virtually identical to the
Working Holiday program. And two, working holiday
visa-holders (not work-and-holiday ones) are able to obtain
a second working holiday in Australia provided they can
prove they've done at least 3 months of regional farm work
on their first working holiday. You don't get the
option to apply for a second visa if you've worked in IT,
acting, or stripping. The Australian
government is providing a clear incentive to pick fruits or plow local fields.
There are other great benefits for Australia with the
holiday makers are transients. They won't get paid
benefits. Most aren't highly educated with readily
definable, in-high-demand skills. If they were,
they could come to Australia under a different visa.
The jobs working holiday makers obtain are enough for them
to travel as a group around Australia. Virtually any
money made in Australia stays in Australia.
On the other hand, poor José from Mexico doing agricultural work in Texas is likely to remit
a good chunk of his earnings right back to his homeland.
The Nitty Gritty About A Working Holiday
Working Holiday and
Work And Holiday programs
are only available for people from eligible
countries aged 18 to 30, the ideal ages for
picking fruits. Strictly
speaking, you could be 31 when you started using
your visa, just as long as you were no older than 30
when you applied. You do not have to apply in
your country of origin.
An applicant can only apply for one
Work And Holiday
visa in Australia in his lifetime. Of course, if he dies
and is reincarnated in a body in a country which has
a reciprocal working holiday scheme with Australia,
he can apply again from within his new body.
Working Holiday visa applicants can apply for a
second visa if they've slaved on a farm for at least
3 months. Doug's Republic has been told that it's easy
to fake this requirement as long as you've done some
work in a rural area.
You cannot have any accompanying children when you
apply or when you show up in Australia with the
visa. If you're a male who's knocked
up his girlfriend recently, you'd want to keep that
news to yourself when applying for your visa.
If you're a pregnant woman applying for the visa,
you could lie to the Australian authorities and see if they'll
believe you've been on a donut-eating binge.
You can do any work you can secure
employment for, but you can't work for the same
employer for more than 6 months. The
Australian government's intent is that you don't get
too comfortable in your job or get too good a job.
There are ways around this, too, if your Australian
employer trades under more than one business name.
You could work for one "company," then work for the
Obtaining some kind of work is not difficult as long
as you're not too particular what.
Those nearer to 30 coming to Australia to advance
their careers with a working holiday are probably on
the wrong type of visa.
Career-advancement jobs aren't the kinds you'd have
to quit after 6 months to satisfy some working
holiday visa requirement. Before
applying for a working holiday-type visa, ask
yourself if you're coming to Australia for the right
reasons. Working holidaymakers' primary
concerns are boozing up and picking up -- the holiday
part of the working holiday. The working part
is only done to earn enough money to pursue the
holiday part. If you're coming to work, not
par-tay, then perhaps you should look into business
sponsorship visas instead.
The Working Holiday (and Work And Holiday)
programs can be viewed as Australian sampler
platters. Back when I was about to
graduate college, I considered going to Australia to check it out and see if
liked it. The internet did not exist at the time and neither did the Work And
Holiday program for Americans. I was told by the
Australian Embassy that I had to fill out an
application and submit a non-refundable fee
of USD 150 so the Australian government could add up the number of points I was 'worth.' I didn't
get enough points and was rejected. The Australian government
had ripped me off. They
had put me through the same queue as someone seeking to immigrate to Australia, despite me making it quite
clear from the very beginning that I had no desire to do so. I
should have just applied for a one-year
tourist visa, though I can't even tell you
if that visa existed at the time.
This is why the Working Holiday and Work And Holiday programs are
beneficial. You can check out the Australian
employment market and the country for a
year to see if you like it. Even if you have
super in-demand skills Australia lusts for, why submit yourself to Australia's crappy points system
up front? Instead, go to
Australia on one of these guaranteed visas and, with enough determination, land yourself a good job. If the
employer likes you enough, they'll circumvent the working holiday restrictions by making you leave the country temporarily
while they get the paperwork together to bring you over on a real visa. The working holiday program can be your back door
to stay in Australia permanently if that's really what you desire.
If you can find some way to rip off the Australian government USD 235 (the equivalent today of the USD 150
I flushed down the Australian Embassy's toilet years ago), I'd appreciate it and post an honorary thanks to you here
at Doug's Republic.
Working holiday or work and holiday -- a dream come true perhaps You can't par-tay in Australia for such a long period without a working holiday visa or a
work and holiday visa. Working holiday and work and holiday stays require these visas. The working holiday visa and work and holiday visa can be a way to gauge the country
to see if you like it a lot before you take the plunge to immigrate to Australia. It's a sensible approach: come over on a working holiday and if you really like it, then
and only then get your tush to immigrate to Australia