Working Holiday Visa in Austria

About this visa

Experience the most beautiful four seasons while spending a year working and traveling in Austria. This visa gives young travelers the chance to work up in the snowy mountains during Winter and enjoy the amazing hikes and lakes during the Summer.


Participating countries

Austria has made Working Holiday visa agreements with the following 9 participating countries:

If you are a Citizen of Austria and are considering a Working Holiday experience in one of the participating countries above, contact the Embassy of the country in question for more information.


With this visa you can

This visa allows you to:

  • live in Austria for up to one year (6 months if you are a resident of New Zealand or Israel)
  • work in Austria while travelling
  • study/participate in a course
  • leave and re-enter Austria any number of times while the visa is valid

Things to note

  • You must remember to apply for a registration certificate (Anmeldebescheinigung) at the local council office (Magistratische Bezirksamt) before applying for your Working Holiday visa. A map of local council offices in Austria can be found within the Resources section below.

Conditions

In order to apply for the Working Holiday visa you must:

  • be at least 18 and not more than 30 years old, both inclusive at the time of application
  • complete application form for a National Visa (visa D)
  • attach one biometric passport photograph according to ICAO regulations
  • hold a return ticket or show sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
  • provide proof of sufficient financial
  • have health insurance for the entire period of your stay

For Australians

  • A “Letter of Australian government support” must be obtained from the Department of Home Affairs. There is no charge for this service.

Note: The visa conditions outlined above are subject to change without notice.


How to apply

  • Normal processing time: 2-3 weeks
  • Visa fee: 100 EUR (No visa fees if you are from Japan)

Applying from your home country

Young travelers aged between 18 and 30 years of age (at the time of application) may generally submit their application for an Austrian Working Holiday visa to the Austrian Embassy in their respective countries. Some countries have different criteria.

For Australians

Australians must apply via VFS Australia who accept visa applications on behalf of the Austrian immigration department.

Go to: VFS Australia

Applying from Europe

If you are currently in the EU Schengen region (including Switzerland) as part of your lawful stay you can apply for your Working Holiday visa in the following Consulates and Embassies:


Additional resources

Here are additional links and resources related to the Working Holiday visa in Austria. All resources are in English unless otherwise stated.

Local council offices in Austria (Magistratische Bezirksamt)

Link to Google Maps


Need more help?

If you are seeking advice about Working Holiday visa's drop a comment below and we will be happy to answer any Working Holiday & Youth Mobility visa question you have! We are travellers too! 🙂

Ask a question below

6 thoughts on “Working Holiday Visa in Austria”

  1. Hi! I am planning to get a working holiday visa from Japan. Approximately, how much should “sufficient fund” be?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Nonaki, thanks for asking. Good question! I couldn’t track down an online answer for this and also tried calling my nearby Australian Embassy without success so let’s look at neighboring Germany’s Working Holiday/Youth Mobility visa requirements.

      Germany requires proof of sufficient funds in the form of a bank statement – no less than 3 months old and with your full name printed on it – showing at least $5,000 USD or where you are staying with relatives or friends $1,250 USD as well as an invitation letter and passport copy from the inviting person.

  2. Hey Im from New Zealand and have just finished a season in Austria, Im planning to stay in Europe for the summer and go back to Austria for a season in the winter again. Do we have a limit of how many season work visas we can get in a life time.

    1. Hi Dominic, you’re best asking your nearest Czech Republic Consulate or Embassy as this site is dedicated to Working Holiday/Youth Mobility visa’s. Feel free to let us know here in the comments incase others find this page looking for the same answer. 🙂

  3. Hi I’m wanting to get a working holiday visa for Austria (I’m from new zealand). I’m not living at home in new zealand to go to the Austrian consulate. Is there a way to apply online or from a different country?

    1. Hi Jordan, thanks for asking. Since you’re not currently in New Zealand I would contact the Austrian Embassy or Consulate here in Australia as they will be able to make alternate arrangements to support you. 🙂

Ask a question about applying for the Working Holiday Visa in Austria

Remember to include where you are from and whether you currently living outside your home country.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *