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Working Holiday Visa

  1. Purpose of working holiday arrangement

    The governments of Japan and Australia commenced the Japan-Australia Working Holiday arrangement on the 1st December 1980.

    The Working Holiday Programmes are designed to promote international interaction and enhance friendly relationship between Japan and partner countries/regions by providing opportunities for the young people to deepen their understanding about partner countries/regions.
    The Working Holiday participants are allowed to work for a certain period of their stay in order to cover the cost of travel funds to travel and stay in partner countries/regions.

    This programme is not designed for persons who mainly intend to work. The applicants' primary purpose of stay should be "holiday" in Japan.
    So the applicants who intend to work primarily cannot apply for this visa.
    And the Working Holiday participants are strictly prohibited from working at places affecting public morals such as bars, cabarets, nightclubs and etc.

    Please apply for this visa after understanding the purpose of this programme.

  2. Requirements
    1. A valid Australian passport (The applicant must be between 18 and 30 (inclusive) years of age).
      *Applicants must have not previously been to Japan on a Japanese Working Holiday visa.
    2. Visa application form (PDF formatpdf file) (Excel formatExcel file) To be fully completed with responses to all the questions and signed. One passport sized photo (taken within 6 months) attached to the application form.
      *Glue only, please do not staple or tape. Australian standard passport photo is fine as well.
    3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume, including educational background, work experience and other relevant information (written or typed on A4 paper).
    4. An outline of planned activities in Japan (form provided).
    5. A letter explaining the purpose of visit: why you wish to travel to Japan as a Working Holiday-maker. (Please include your interests, activities, purpose of your travel, where you plan to go and visit, what you want to do and etc.)
    6. Proof of (transport) funds: A return ticket or proof of bank account balance, traveller's cheques, etc.
    7. Proof of sufficient funds for the initial stay in Japan (At least $2,500 for a single person, $3,500 for a married couple. e.g. Bank statement, traveller's cheques. Automatic teller printout is not acceptable. ). Bank statement must be latest and issued within 3 months.
      *A married couple must have no dependants to travel together.
    8. Copy of work contract/offer:
      If you have a work agreement in Japan, you are required to provide a copy of the contract with your employer.

    We assess your application if your purpose of visit is appropriate for the working holiday visa and your travel plan is feasible. Please prepare adequate travel funds; otherwise, organise jobs in Japan in advance.

    All requirements must be submitted. This office will not accept application if documents are insufficient. Documents (except for passport) submitted will not be returned. Therefore applicants should have their own flight details for reference.

  3. For Your Information and the work conditions under the Working Holiday visa

    Please read more details here.