I have been looking at working abroad for a while and have finally come to the business end of my preparations. However I have been finding things a little confusing regarding working holiday visas for Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
I have heard that in some cases WH Visas must be applied for 12 months before the intended travel period. Can anybody confirm if this is correct?
And if anybody currently working/living in these countries can give advice on how easy/difficult it is to find casual work (any kind as I'm not picky) then I would be most grateful.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Where are you from?
Aus and NZ are incredibly easy to get for a wide variety of countries. My Australian visa was granted instantly online. I think NZ's takes a little longer, but is completed online also.
I have recently had my Canadian WHV approved. I am from the UK and had to complete a ridiculously extensive 18 page application including a police check and proof of funds. This then had to be mailed to Paris and took two months to be processed.
Technically the visas have annual application limits are have different time periods for the visas but I don't think you will have a problem. I applied and arrived in Aus within a few days and I can enter Canada whenever I like before mid 2012 since my visa was granted.
Finding work in Australia was fantastically easy for me, I just went through a temp agency in Melbourne and began work within a couple of weeks. Most people I met had little problem finding work and there's always fruit picking as a backup. Wages in Australia are also pretty fantastic compared to most other countries and I didn't consider living costs to be expensive, with the exception of beer.