In the context of a cultural or tourist trip, young people may spontaneously decide that they wish to enter into a limited working relationship and also use education facilities in the respective country. Working Holiday Programmes (WHP) were set up to meet the relevant demands and enable young people between 18 and 30 to finance their (holiday) stay abroad – at least to some extent – themselves, gather practical vocational experience in another country and benefit from the local educational facilities. Employment and education are thus not the primary reason for travelling abroad but are as such an incidental benefit. Under these programmes, young people may gather professional experience abroad and acquire/improve foreign language skills, which are important aspects when starting a career. Another objective is promoting young people’s understanding of other countries and cultures.
Austria has so far concluded agreements in this regard with New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan and Israel. The WHP agreement with Canada has already been signed. Applications can be filed starting December 13th, 2017. The WHP agreements with Australia and Chile were signed on 19 and 24 October 2017 and are expected to enter into effect in the first half of 2018. As soon as the application process for Australian and Chilean Working Holiday-Visa is open, the relevant information will be published.
Inquiries regarding an Austrian Working Holiday Visa should be addressed to the respective Austrian representation (see Working Holiday Application)
As of 2018, Austria will therefore be among the top EU countries with regard to the number of concluded and effective WHP agreements.