You probably already know that you can work anywhere in the EU (for now…#Brexit) but do you know which countries offer working holiday visas for UK citizens?
You guys really don’t know how lucky you are to be UK citizens! Not only do you have sexy accents, but you also have one of the world’s strongest currencies and have access to cheap flights all over Europe!
What is a Working Holiday Visa?
A working holiday visa allows UK citizens under the age of 30 to work and travel in certain countries for up to 23 months.
They’re a great way to fund your travels, travel for free or almost free, get international experience, soak in the culture of a country and live like a local!
As part of the EU you can work in any of these countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain or Sweden.
You don’t need a visa or work permit, you can just show up and get a job.
I’M. SO. JEALOUS.
Of course, getting a job in a non-English speaking country will be a bit more difficult but with some persistence, I’m sure you can find a job there too.
For more in-depth information about the application process and requirements for the country, you’d like to work in check here.
non-eu Countries Where UK Citizens can get a Working Holiday Visa:
To qualify for the working holiday visa you must be 30 years old or younger with the exception of Singapore and the United States. They are all valid for up to 12 months.
- Hong Kong
- New Zealand
- Singapore age 25, 6 months*
- United States age 26**
*You must be 25 and a graduate or undergraduate and your university must be recognized by the government.
**It’s difficult to get this visa and you can only work as an Au Pair or Summer Camp etc.
Limitations of a Working Holiday Visa
1. Limits the amount of time you can work at one Employer.
In New Zealand and Australia, you can only work for 6 months maximum at one employer. It’s important to plan for this so you’re not stuck without a job and no income.
TIP: After 3 months at your first job, start looking for your next job. It will ensure a smooth transition without any time without income unless you want to have some time off to travel a bit!
2. Limits the type of jobs you can get.
If you opt for a working holiday visa in a country where you don’t speak the language, you’ll likely be limited to jobs teaching English. Without knowing the language, it makes it difficult to get a job in different industries.
3. You must have a min. 3 months of expenses saved.
If you don’t have a job prior to arriving in the country it may take some time to land a job. To ensure that you can support yourself during this transitional time, many countries require you to have a minimum of 3 months of expenses saved.
4. It can be difficult to get a visa in the USA
Getting a working holiday visa as a British citizen in America isn’t the easiest process. You only have one option, that is the J-1 Visa. It’s much more restrictive than other countries on the list because applicants must be between the ages of 18-26.
Other restrictions of the J-1 visa are:
- You can only work as an au pair
- You must work for a min. 45 hours per week as an au pair
- You need to complete courses to qualify as an au pair
- You must have a job offer and sponsor before applying for the visa
- You can do seasonal work in certain parts of the country but only for 4 months consecutively
Unless you really, really want to live in America, I wouldn’t recommend this option to be honest.
benefits of Working Holiday Visas:
There are so many benefits to going abroad with a working holiday visa. Not only will you save money, but you’ll grow so much in your personal development.
♥ You’ll have to overcome the hardship of leaving home and starting fresh somewhere new. You’ll have the challenge of building new friendships and become a part of a new community.
♥ You’ll make money to fund your future trips and save money while abroad. You’ll be able to get cheap domestic flights to explore other parts of that country.
♥ You’ll get to experience life like a local and really gain an understanding of the country beyond what tourists get.
♥ You’ll get international experience on your resume and can even try a new career path.
♥ You’ll really gain a deeper appreciation for your loved ones that you just can’t get when you’re home.
Working abroad in Australia was one of the best experiences of my life and I really believe that everyone should do a working holiday visa at some point in their lives. I was 29 when we left (me and my husband), quit our jobs and just went for it – just because you’re over 25 doesn’t mean it’s not for you.
You can read more about how/why I did it here.
I hope this post inspires you to look into your options and try it out. If it did, let me know in the comments below 🙂
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