Working Holiday Visa
Working Holiday Visa
Do you want to explore countries like Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand or Japan and find work to supplement your travel funds?
You can, if like thousands of young travellers do every year, you apply for a Working Holiday Visa (WHV).
Welcome to PVTistes.net, the reference website where you’ll find all the info you need to apply for your visa, get ready for your trip and make the most of your year abroad.
The Working Holiday Visa program gives travellers the opportunity to explore a country for up to one or two years, and the chance to work to support themselves while abroad.
A person with a Working Holiday Visa is called a “WHV holder” in English and a “PVTiste” in French, hence the name of this website!
But English and French aren’t the only languages spoken in the WHV community, since bilateral agreements were signed by around 60 countries.
To see the list of all the countries you could explore as a WHV holder, check out the WHV Program Around the World.
PVTistes.net is more than just a free, comprehensive reference website—it’s a community of travellers helping you before, during and after your WHV experience and answering any question you may have about the visa application process, house hunting, job hunting, etc. You can even meet up with other travellers at home or abroad, during your trip.
Applying for a WHV is a relatively straightforward process with few basic eligibility requirements.
Generally, you must be 18-30 at the time of application. You can be up to 35 years old for a few destinations.
You need a valid passport (sometime, a passport remaining valid months after your travel dates). Your passport (i.e. your citizenship) determine the destinations available to you as well as specific WHV requirements.
You need to leave home with some savings. The exact amount required depends on your destination. Some countries ask to see a proof of funds when you apply for your WHV while other check it upon arrival.
You have to be in good health and you may have to prove it. Some countries require a medical exam, other ask you to fill out a medical questionnaire (answers can trigger a medical exam request).
You must state if you have a criminal record. Some countries require a police clearance certificate while for others you simply have to fill out a questionnaire. Some convictions stop entry, others don’t.
You must get medical and comprehensive hospitalization insurance for the length of your stay. For most destinations, it’s a requirement—and even if it’s only “recommended,” do buy it because medical care abroad can be very expensive. More info…
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