What is the WHV ( Working Holiday Visa) ?

The Working Holiday Visa (WHV) allows travellers to work and/or travel in a country for one year.
It is a temporary immigration visa, with a maximum duration of twelve months – or up to twenty-four months in Canada for French nationals – and is only open to young nationals of the signatory countries.

Why go on a WHP?

There are several reasons or conditions that may push you to go on a WHP:

  • The opportunity to discover new countries
  • You are not obliged to have already found a job before leaving
  • It allows you to create and develop your own personal and professional network
  • Also to gain work experience abroad and improve your skills

Which countries offer visas for a WHP?

The French have access to 15 destinations: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Taiwan, Uruguay, Hong Kong and Ecuador. In all these destinations, only Australia and New Zealand have unlimited quotas. These are therefore the most accessible destinations.
Belgians have access to 5 countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan)

What are the conditions for obtaining a visa?

The conditions can vary from one country to another, especially in terms of age and the quota of people accepted. In general, the conditions are as follows:

  • Not to have already obtained a WHP in the country in question. However, there is an exception for Australia, which allows people to apply for a new visa
  • Be between 18 and 30 years of age. Canada, Australia and Argentina allow visas to be issued to travellers under the age of 35.
  • Be a French citizen and have a valid French passport
  • You must not have any dependent children during your stay
  • Have a return ticket or sufficient savings to be able to finance it
  • Have sufficient resources to support yourself when you arrive in the partner country, while you find a job. The timing of these savings varies according to the bilateral agreement.
  • Have travel insurance covering at least the costs of hospitalisation, illness and repatriation

The WHP gives many students and others the chance to study and work at the same time. PVT insurance is a guarantee that facilitates travel from one country to another at a reasonable price.

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