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Working Holiday Visa (WHP)


March 2019

This type of visa is not intended for taking up permanent employment!!!

For comprehensive information on the Working Holiday Program with your respective country and visa requirements (i.e. concerning proof of funds and medical insurance) please consult the website of the German Embassy or Consulate General in your home country.

The Working Holiday Visa Program (WHP) is based on bilateral agreements between the Federal Republic of Germany and Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, SAR Hongkong, Taiwan and Uruguay, as well as a Youth Mobility Program with Canada.

These programs aim at enabling young people to gain insight into culture and daily life in the Federal Republic of Germany. The intention is to promote increased mutual understanding and the applicant’s primary aim should be to visit Germany. Employment is permitted throughout the validity of the visa (max 12 months) but has to remain of temporary character in order to facilitate additional financial means to your holiday travel intentions in Germany. German language skills and work experience are not condition to the visa process but likely to improve your chances of finding work.

Who can apply and where?

To be eligible to apply at the German Embassy in Prague or any other German mission with visa section you must

- be a citizen either of Argentina/Australia/New Zealand/Japan/Israel/Chile/Uruguay

- be at least 18 years of age but not turned 31 yet when filing an application

- not be accompanied by dependent family members (i.g. children) during your stay

Citizens from Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Israel are encouraged to apply for the WHV directly at the local authority (Auslaenderbehoerde) after having entered Germany.

NB: work is not permitted without a valid WHV. You may participate once only.

Korean nationals can apply at the German Embassy in Seoul and Taiwanese citizens at the German Institute in Taipei only. Applicants holding a SAR Hongkong passport must apply at the Consulate General in Hongkong and Brazilian nationals with any German mission in Brazil only.

Please take into account that the visa processing time for this type of visa is approximately 1 week after the complete application has been received.

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