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The Working Holiday Maker Visa (Subclass 417) is targeted for persons between the ages of 18 to 30.
As of 20 November 2002, Australia has reciprocal working holiday agreements with Canada, the Republic of Ireland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malta, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Korea, Norway, Finland, Cyprus, Belgium and Hong Kong (Special Administrative region of the People's Republic of China or British National Overseas passport holders).
There is no provision for nationals of any other country to apply for the Working Holiday Visa, although more countries are likely to be added to the eligible list.
Citizens of Canada, The Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland can lodge a Working Holiday Visa application in any country outside Australia.
Citizens of Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Germany, Cyprus, Hong Kong (Special Administrative region of the People's Republic of China or British National Overseas passport holders) must apply in their home country.
Applicants are expected to have funds of approximately A$5,000 in the form of a current bank statement, traveler's cheques or a letter from the bank confirming available funds. Please note that cash and/or credit cards are not acceptable evidence of funds. In some circumstances, evidence of support from family may be accepted by the Department of Immigration.
The Working Holiday Visa allows a stay of one year from the date of first arrival, but holders of this visa are only able to work for any one employer for up to six months.
When a Working Holiday Visa holder enters Australia (provided it is within 12-months of the grant of the visa), the visa will allow the holder to stay in, leave and re-enter Australia on multiple occasions, during the twelve month period from their first entry to Australia. However, a Working Holiday Visa holder who leaves Australia during the 12-months stay cannot "top up" their visa or recover in any way the time spent outside Australia.
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