In a hope to empower the youth and strengthen ties between nations, some countries make arrangements in the form of the Working Holiday Visa. This type of visa usually has reciprocal terms and conditions between the two nations arranging it, benefiting both countries. Here’s more about the Working Holiday Visa.
Nature of Working Holiday Visa
A Working Holiday Visa (WHV) allows citizens of other countries, especially the youth, to visit another country and temporarily live and work there for a short period of time. The aim of this visa is to basically help young travellers supplement and cover the cost of their travel, as well as gain both work and social experience in the country where they visit.
Countries offering Working Holiday Visa
Not all countries offer Working Holiday Visa. Unfortunately for us, the Philippines does not have this arrangement with other countries yet, except with New Zealand, which was agreed upon last October 2012 and expected to be implemented this year. Countries offering the Working Holiday Visa include, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, and the United States of America, among others.
The eligibility of a Working Holiday Visa vary for every country and for every agreement. Generally, the following are the eligibility requirements so you can get a Working Holiday Visa:
- Age limit. Age limit for applicants are usually between 18-30 years of age upon submission of application.
- Documents. Among the documents you need to present include a current and valid passport. It is also required of you that you have sufficient amount of money during your stay in the host country, so prepare your bank statement to support this. Though the purpose of this visa is to allow you to temporarily work in their country, you must also prove that you can support yourself in case you cannot land on a job right away or if you spend considerable amount of money by going in and out of the country within the period stated in the Working Holiday Visa. In some cases, you are also required to present an airline return ticket to your country of origin. Finally, you need to have a police clearance that proves you have not committed any crime in your country or any record that shows any crime you have committed.
- Examinations. Some countries require you to have a health examination to prove that you are healthy to travel and work during your stay at their country, as well as ensure you do not spread any communicable disease to their country. For some countries, a medical certificate stating that you are fit to travel and that you are free from communicable disease is enough.
- Other requirements. You must only apply for a Working Holiday Visa in your home country or outside of the host country. This means that if you are in the host country with a tourist visa, you may not apply for a WHV during your stay there. You also must not have entered the country previously through a Working Holiday Visa. This type of visa is issued only once and you may apply for its renewal during your stay in the host country only once.
Just like with the eligibility requirements, the conditions of the Working Holiday Visa differ for each country. Some of the most common conditions that go with your Working Holiday Visa are the following:
- You may enter any type of temporary volunteer or paid work you wish to apply in the country.
- You may be able to work within a limited number of hours per week or a limited number of months per employer, depending on the agreement.
- You may not include your parents, spouse, or children in your Working Holiday Visa application; instead, they are required to apply for their own visa.
- You may leave and re-enter the country as often as you like as long as it’s within the term stated in your visa. Most Working Holiday Visas have a term of 12 months.
The Working Holiday Visa has a lot of benefits including the following:
- The utmost benefit of the Working Holiday Visa is that it allows you to earn some income to make up or add to your travel funds. Compared to a tourist visa, you will be able to work while having a vacation in another country.
- During your short period of work and stay, you will have a feel of how it is to work and live in the host country in case you are planning to work there on a long-term basis in the future.
- It will help you understand more about the country’s people and the culture.
- Living and working in another country even for a short while will give you the opportunity to learn new things, gain new skills, and meet future allies and friends.
To sum it all up, being granted a Working Holiday Visa gives you the benefit of enjoying your vacation, earning money, and gaining work and social experience from the host country.
Let us just hope that the Philippines will have more Working Holiday Visa schemes in the future so that that our youth will be able to grab such opportunity, which will enhance their future and our nation’s, too. It will also help strengthen ties between nations with such visa schemes.