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Australian Working Holiday Visa For People from India?

The working holidays program in Australia is a program that enables eligible young people aged between 18 and 35 years to visit Australia and to supplement their travel funds through incidental employment.

Since we launched our job centre and started publishing working holiday visa jobs here at Getting Down Under, we have received quite a bit of attention from folks who follow the Facebook pages where we have been publishing our jobs. In particular, our Indian followers asking how they go about applying for a working holiday visa here in Australia.

I am From India, Can I get an Australian Working Holiday Visa?

Our most common question from people in India is can they apply for an Australian working holiday visa? Unfortunately it is a short answer, India passport holders are currently not eligible for the Australian working holiday visa scheme. A list of countries that are eligible can be viewed here: How To Apply For An Australian Working Holiday Visa?

Why does Australia not issue working holiday visas to Indian Nationals?

We understand that a person considered an Indian national cannot get a working holiday visa to Australia, as India itself, does not offer it’s own Working Holiday Visa scheme.

All of the nations from which candidates can qualify for a working holiday visa in Australia are also participating in a reciprocal arrangement where they offer working holiday visas to candidates from Australia.

For example, countries such as the France, New Zealand, Canada, U.K and South Africa all offer Working Holiday Visa’s to residents of Australia. India does not provide this working holiday arrangement for overseas candidates.

In the short term, strong public and media lobbying will need to be undertaken by Indian nationals. Only this way will an Australian working holiday visa become an option for an Indian National. and Indian borders in turn, can be opened up for other countries citizens. We will of ocurse endeavour to look out for any announcement regarding Australian working holiday visas for Indian nationals in the future.

Are you an Indian national currently looking to visit Australia on a Working Holiday Visa? Is the Indian government doing enough? Let us know in our comments below.

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Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts!

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