The Working Holiday Visa Programme is based on a bilateral agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and Argentina, Australia, Chile, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Uruguay and Canada (with a Youth Mobility Visa). This agreement aims to enable young people to gain insight into culture and daily life in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Since these programmes are intended to promote increased mutual understanding the applicant’s primary aim should be to visit Germany.

Employment is permitted throughout the validity of your visa but should remain of temporary character in order to facilitate additional financial means to your holiday travel intentions in Germany. German language skills and work experience are not condition to the visa process but likely to improve your chances of finding work. The WHV can be applied for a total stay of 12 months only. The Youth Mobility Visa may be extended for second 12 months period.

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