- Published: Thursday, 29 October 2015 16:54
A few years ago, France has signed agreements with several countries to promote youg people exchanges.
This agreement is called the Work and Holiday Visa. It was first signed between Japan and France in January 1999, then with New Zealand in June 1999, in October 2003 with Canada and in November 2003 with Australia.
This visa is for people who wish to go on holiday in one of these four countries with the opportunity to work to earn additional financial resources.
The conditions to be fulfilled for this program in France are:
- Be between 18 and over 30 years old at the date of filing the visa application (over 35 years old for Canada)
- Have a valid French passport
- Not be accompanied with children
- Have a clean criminal record
- Have a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket
- Have sufficient resources for the first three days of stay
- Write a cover letter to highlight your application and your projects
- Provide a medical certificate
- Give proof for travel health insurance covering all medical risks during your stay
The visa issued is valid for one year with 12 months to arrive in the host country. The duration of stay must not exceed one year from the date of entry into the country without possibility of extension (except in Australia, exceptions are now allowed). It is in principle not possible to change status during the stay. A work permit is made on arrival in the host country. This visa does not give the possibility to benefit from the social security system (unemployment, illness, etc..) from the host country hence the absolute need for travel health insurance before departure.
With the exception of Australia, which no longer imposes quotas for French citizens, the number of participants in this program is limited and fixed each year between the participating countries.
For Australia since November 2005 in order to promote seasonal jobs in harvesting, the Working Holiday Visa holders can apply for a second Working Holiday Visa directly from abroad and thus stay a second year.
To help small states and rural areas in Australia to receive more skilled migrants, Working Holiday and Occupational Trainee visa will now also apply for a Skilled Independent Regional Visa without having to leave the country. This type of visa is a step towards permanent residence.
Still in Australia since July 1, 2006, this "Working Holiday Visa" has changed in two important points:
- The maximum period with an employer is from 3 to 6 months
- The maximum duration of study is from 3 to 4 months
The applicatuion form for “Working Holiday” Visa are to withdraw from the consulate of the destination country. They are also available from the following websites:
for New Zealand
Since the 90s, the "Working Holiday" programme is has been a real success and the issuance of visas has doubled. These visas enable young French people to open themselves to another culture and another country. It also promotes the development of tourism in the host country and can strengthen the political, economic, social and cultural ties with foreign countries.
Here is a very interesting programme for students or more widely young people and a great opportunity to experience new horizons!
And do not forget your travel medical insurance to be sure to get your visa in good and due form and insure your health during your stay abroad. Find out more information on the best travel health insurance on www.mondassur.com.
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