Working Holiday Visas for Americans

New Zealand

Ireland

South Korea

Singapore

Australia

A Working Holiday Visa (WHV) is a temporary visa for young people who want to work and travel in other countries. There are a variety of options depending on your country of origin. This page will focus primarily on WHVs for US Citizens. If you aren’t from the United States, don’t worry, since there are loads of options for working and traveling all over the world, no matter where you are from! 

If you are from another country, check out this extensive list to see your options.

The below information will list some important information and up-to-date resources for WHVs. 

New Zealand

If you are looking to work and travel, New Zealand should be the #1 spot on your list. It is by far the most beautiful country per square mile and it’s also the easiest country for Americans to utilize the Working Holiday Visa! 

The process is very easy and it’s free for Americans! Finding work in New Zealand was also very simple and I was able to find a high-paying remote job in less than 2-weeks. 

Visa Requirements

Useful Links & Resources

Costs: $0 for Americans

Age: 18-30 years old; no dependents or children

Length of Visa: 12 months (must have proof of onward travel or enough money to buy a ticket – random checks)

Funding (bank account balance): (USD $3000 – random checks) Educational

Educational Requirements: none specified

Health Requirements: Must have travel insurance, may be asked for X-ray/medical information

Other Information: Quota is unlimited, easy online application, processed within a few weeks

seek.co.nz – This is where I found my job when I was working in New Zealand. 

trademe.co.nz/jobs – Similar to Craigslist, but a little cleaner interface. 

careers.govt.nz – A large job database that is hosted by the New Zealand Government. 

globalcareer.com/jobs – The #1 Place to Find Remote, Online, and International Jobs! 

wwoof.net – WWOOFing is a cool community where you can work for free accommodation and food.

Free Car Transfers – This service lets you relocate rental cars for free, I used it a bunch and it’s a great way to travel for free.

Moving to NZ – An in-depth blog post on anyone looking to make a smooth transition to New Zealand (on a tight budget).

Australia

Australia is another amazing option for people wanting to work and travel. Home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches and intersting wildlife, it’s hard not to fall in love with this beautiful country. 

The visa process is extremely easy and can be started online in under 30-minutes. Below are some of the most important resources for traveling to the land down under!

Visa Requirements

Useful Links & Resources

Costs: $360 for Americans

Age: 18-30 years old; no dependents or children

Length of Visa: 12 months (must have proof of onward travel or enough money to buy a ticket – random checks)

Funding (bank account balance): USD $3800 (AUD $5,000)

Educational Requirements: High School or GED

Health Requirements: Must be free from diseases that are a “threat to public health,” by which they mean serious diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/hepatitis, yellow fever, polio, and ebola. This generally means producing a vaccination certificate, x-ray, or other evidence if requested.

Other Information: You can only hold this visa once

seek.co.au – Most serious and established jobs. 

gumtree.com.au/jobs – Similar to Craigslist, but a little cleaner interface. This is how I found my marketing job in Australia.

jobsearch.gov.au/job (large job database funded by the government). 

globalcareerbook.com/jobs  – The #1 Place to Find Remote, Online, and International Jobs! 

meetup.com – A wide variety of social and networking groups. Great for any hobby or interest! 

Moving to Australia – An in depth blog post that provides a lot more insightful information for anyone looking to relocated to Australia. 

Ireland

Ireland is another fantastic choice for anyone looking to work in a foreign country. The Irish people are amazing and there are a lot of opportunities to work in this beautiful country. 

Ireland is probably the cheapest and closet country to access from America. You can travel from New York to Ireland in less than 8 hours. The criteria is a bit more strict, but this is another amazing option to work and travel.

Visa Requirements

Useful Links & Resources

Costs: Approximately $350 USD for Americans

Age: Must be over 18

Length of Visa: 12 months 

Funding (bank account balance): At least $4,000 USD – random checks)

Educational Requirements: Must be enrolled in or graduated from a post-secondary study program (i.e. college or university) within the past 12 months

Health Requirements: Must hold medical/travel insurance

Other Information: This visa can be held more than once, as long as you still meet all the conditions. When you land in Ireland, you need to register with the Immigration Bureau and pay an additional fee of $400.

jobs.ie – The largest selection of jobs in Ireland. Also, they have a new mobile application.

irishjobs.ie – Another large selection of jobs. They include company reviews and other job hunting resources.

globalcareerbook.com/jobs – The #1 Place to Find Remote, Online, and International Jobs! 

Work Away – The world’s leading community for sustainable travel and cultural exchange. Features a variety of volunteer and work exchanges. 

Irish Travel Tips – If you are considering working or visiting Ireland, this is a great blog post to help make it a smooth transition and to familiarize yourself with Irish culture. 

South Korea

South Korea or Republic of Korea as their official name is another great country for working and traveling! Korea is home to more than 50 Million people and boasts some of the world’s fastest internet and most advanced public transport systems. 

Finding non-teaching work for Americans can be a tad more difficult than the above countries, but don’t let that stop you from experiencing this amazing country!

Visa Requirements

Useful Links & Resources

Costs: $45 for Americans

Age: 18-30 years old

Length of Visa: 18 months (must have proof of onward travel or enough money to buy a ticket – random checks)

Funding (bank account balance): Approx. $3,000 USD

Educational Requirements: Americans must be either post-secondary students or graduated within the last 12 months (proof is required)

Health Requirements: None for Americans

Other Information: There is a limit of 2,000 WHV holders in the country at any given time. This visa can only be held once. Once in the country, you must register with the Immigration Office and pay a fee of about USD $300. There are a number of professions that are barred from entry for WHV holders—including foreign language instruction, which is under a different visa.

seoul.craigslist.co.kr – The best place to find non-teaching jobs for foreigners

LinkedIn and Facebook Groups – These are the next best place to look for jobs and to meet with other expats.

Every Expat in Korea – Another popular Expat group for Korea. 

globalcareerbook.com/jobs – The #1 Place to Find Remote, Online, and International Jobs! 

Moving to Korea – The culture in Korea is way different compared to America and knowing some of the differences before moving can be extremely helpful. 

Kakao Talk – If you want to communicate in Korea, you are going to NEED Kakao Talk. It’s a very unique messaging and call app that is localized for Korea. 

Learn Korean in 1 Hour – The Korean alphabet might look confusing, but it is one of the world’s most logical alphabets and you can learn it in under an hour!

Singapore

There are quite a few restrictions for Americans looking to work and travel in Singapore, but it’s still a great option for people looking to venture into the heart of Asia. 

Singapore is quite expensive, but the surrounding countries are extremely affordable. Being able to work and earn in Singapore dollars will allow you to travel to other nearby countries with a strong currency exchange! 

Visa Requirements

Useful Links & Resources

Costs: $150 for Americans

Age: 18-25 years old

Length of Visa: 6 months 

Funding (bank account balance): Not Specified 

Educational Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate from a recognized university in Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom or United States.

Health Requirements: None Specified 

Other Information: Like South Korea, Singapore has a quota of 2,000 WHV holders at any time, and their Work Holiday website will notify you if the program is full. This visa is not renewable.

stjobs.sg – A professional job board for finding non-teaching jobs in Singapore. 

singapore.craigslist.com – There are lot of options, but requires a bit more digging. 

gumtree.sg – similar to craigslist, but a great resource for finding work or other items in Singapore. 

globalcareerbook.com/jobs – The #1 Place to Find Remote, Online, and International Jobs! 

Explorest – A location insights application for photographers and tourists looking to view the most spectacular sights in Singapore and other locations.

Moving to Singapore –  An in-depth blog post that covers everything you need to do before you move to Singapore. 

Skyscanner – One of the best search engines for finding those cheap $10 flights around Asia.