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Working Visas

Thursday, July 25, 2002
Are you footloose and fancy free and want to head o/s and work? Here's how that dream can come true!

Emily Allen has turned 21 and wants to spread her wings and take a working holiday abroad. She e-mailed us asking which countries will consider issuing working visas to travelling Australians wanting to be employed.

Thanks to the Working Holiday Visa scheme, Australians can now choose from 13 international destinations.

To be eligible for a working holiday in the UK, you need to be aged between 17 and 27. You need to be 18 to 30 to be eligible for Ireland, Japan, South Korea. Malta, the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Hong Kong and Canada.

Visas are usually valid for 12 months and you need to apply before you leave Australia, but for full details contact the consulate or embassy of the country you wish to go to.


CANADA: Canadian Consulate General, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9364 3000
Visa fax: (02) 9364 3098
www.canada.org.au

DENMARK: Danish Consulate, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9247 2224
Fax: (02) 9251 7504
Danish Consulate, Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9521 4777

FINLAND: Consulate General of Finland, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9327 7904
Embassy of Finland, Canberra
Ph: (02) 6273 3800
www.formin.fi

GERMANY: German Embassy: Ph: (02) 6270 1911
Consulate General of Germany, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9328 7733
Fax: (02) 9327 9649
Consulate General of Germany, Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9864 6888
Fax: (03) 9820 2414
www.germanembassy-canberra.com

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office
Ph: (02) 9286 2319
www.info.gov.hk/immd/workholiday/eng.htm
e-mail: enquiry@immd.gov.HK
HKSAR Immigration Department, Hong Kong
Ph: 0011 852 2824 6111
Fax: 0011 852 2877 7711

IRELAND: Embassy of Ireland, Canberra
Ph: (02) 6273 3022
Fax: (02) 6273 3741
Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9231 6999
www.irlgov.ie

JAPAN: Embassy of Japan, Canberra
Ph: 6273 3244
Consulate General of Japan, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9231 3455
Fax: (02) 9223 4027
Consulate General of Japan, Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9639 3244
www.mofa.go.jp
www.jawhm.or.jp

MALTA: Malta High Commission, Canberra
Ph: (02) 6290 1724
Fax: (02) 6290 2453
Malta Consulate, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9267 3363
Fax: (02) 9264 2874
Malta Consulate General, Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9670 8427
Fax: (03) 9670 9451

NORWAY
Royal Norwegian Embassy, Canberra
Ph: (02) 6273 3444
Fax: (02) 6273 3669
Norwegian Consulate, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9255 0818
www.norway.org.au

SOUTH KOREA: Korean Consulate General, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9210 0200
Fax: (02) 9210 0206
The Korean Embassy, Canberra
Ph: (02) 6270 4100
Fax: (02) 6273 4839
www.workingholiday.or.kr
www.koreawh.com

SWEDEN: Embassy of Sweden, Canberra
Ph: (02) 6270 2700
Consulate General of Sweden, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9262 6433
www.mijrationsverket.se

THE NETHERLANDS: Royal Netherlands Embassy, Canberra
Ph: (02) 6220 9400
Consulate General of The Netherlands, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9387 6644
www.netherlandsconsulate.org.au

UNITED KINGDOM: British High Commission, Canberra
Ph: 1902 941 555 (recorded information)
Fax: (02) 6257 5857
www.uk.emb.gov.au

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