To be eligible you must:
The visa costs AUD$230.
Proof of Funds
You must have at least AUD$5,000.
There is no quota.
The visa is valid for 12 months and you have 12 months from the date the visa is issued to enter Australia.
There are no restrictions on the type of employment that can be undertaken but you are not allowed to work for any one employer for longer than 6 months.
You may depart and re-enter multiple times but the time allowed for your visa will not be paused while you are away.
How to Apply
Americans are able to apply for an Australian Work and Holiday visa online here.
To simplify the whole process you can apply online using Visa First.
This is a Work and Holiday Visa as apposed to a Workng Holiday Visa which is granted to citizens of some other countries. One major difference between the two visa types is the ability for Working Holiday Visa holders to extend their stay in the country by spending three months working in regional Australia. This option is not available to Americans. Another difference is the requirement for American applicants to have graduated from highschool or to have completed an equivalent qualification.
Visa holders are able to study for up to 4 months on this visa with no restrictions on what you study. If you want to study for longer than four months, a student visa will be required.
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