Please note: There is only a limited number of Work and Holiday Visas for au pairs from certain countries.
To be able to apply for a Work and Holiday visa, your au pair needs to be aged 18 and 30 and be a citizen of one of the following countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, the USA or Vietnam.
Furthermore, your au pair needs to meet other criteria, according to his or her home country. You will find a detailed overview of all (country-specific) requirements on the pages of the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and in the application form for the Work and Holiday visa (form 1208).
To apply for a Work and Holiday visa, your au pair needs a valid passport, which the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection recommends should be valid for at least another 6 months after the au pair has handed in their application.
Your au pair should fully complete the application form for the Work and Holiday visa (form 1208) and add all necessary attachments. Should your au pair come from Bangladesh or Malaysia, he or she must additionally provide his or her biometric data. Your au pair should furthermore have attachments for the application validated by the Australian Government Office, and may additionally be expected to meet further local criteria.
Your au pair should send their completed application by post or fax to the Australian Immigration Office in the country where their passport was issued. The address is available on the pages ot the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Naturally, if your au pair wishes, they may also hand in their application in person. Citizens of the USA may apply with any Australian immigration office outside of Australia or apply for their visa online.
The authorities will check the application, and your au pair may be asked to provide more details.
If the visa is approved, the au pair will receive confirmation by post or e-mail. Your au pair should always have this notification at hand, as it describes the visa conditions. The visa is electronically linked to the au pair's passport number, indicated at their application. The au pair can always view his or her visa online via the free online service VEVO.
Unless the Department states otherwise, the au pair will not need a visa sticker in his or her passport. But if required, the visa sticker is available at any Australian Departmental Office.
The Work and Holiday visa is valid for 12 months. If your au pair applies for the visa from outside of Australia, it is valid from the date they enter Australia.
Please read the application form for the Work and Holiday visa and our page Work and Holiday visa for au pairs for further information.
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