Working Holiday / Temporary Work
Citizens of the following countries can enjoy working holidays in Austria:
New Zealand, Canada
Working Holiday Schemes are generally reciprocal arrangements that in most cases allow people aged 18 to 30 years, to spend up to 12 months on holiday in the host country.
In general each country enables you to:
- stay for 12 months
- work for a period of time
- study for a limited time
To be eligible you are required to:
- show enough funds for your first few weeks in the country
- have a return ticket or enough money to pay a return ticket or onward fare
- be between 18 and 30 years of age at the time you apply
- not be accompanied by dependent children
- meet character and health requirements
- hold a valid passport
You can find further information here: The Austrian Foreign Ministry
If you wish to travel to Austria:
- on a business trip
- to holiday
- or to immigrate
Austria is a Schengen area country. The Schengen Area comprises of 26 European countries that have eliminated passport and immigration controls at their common borders. The Schengen Area operates as a one country state (with a common visa policy) for the purposes of international travel purposes. With a Schengen visa, you may enter one country and travel freely throughout the Schengen zone.
Passport holders from a number of other countries are permitted to enter Austria without a visa and stay for up to three months. A list of these countries can be found here: Austrian Foreign Ministry
Citizens of the European EFTA and EEA Member Countries do not require a visa or work permit in order to work and live in Austria.
If you are not a European Union country passport holder then you will need to apply for the appropriate work and residency permits. The employer wishing to hire you must apply for the work permit on your behalf. Work permits are also essential if you wish to undertake voluntary work in Austria.
Austria currently has a Youth Workers Exchange Program called Swap available to Canadian graduates aged between 18 and 30.
For more information see Austrian Foreign Ministry
We also suggest that you contact the nearest consulate or embassy of the country you wish to visit to ensure you have the most recent and accurate information.