Working Holiday Visas For Americans

by | Apr 9, 2021 | Live Work Play Travel, USA Live Work Play, Visas | 0 comments

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For a long time now it has been a lifestyle for young Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders, British and Irish citizens to head overseas on a working holiday. And the main reason why Americans aren’t on the list was because most new nothing about a working holiday. But that is changing and now young Americans are joining them. This is because the United States of America has negotiated with a number of countries a reciprocal working holiday visa agreement. If you qualify for, and receive a working holiday visa you will be allowed to live, work and play in that country for up to 12 months. During that 12 months you can undertake work to further your travels. Sound good! Well here are the current countries that young Americans can go to on a working holiday.


What is a Working Holiday Visa?


A working holiday visa is a specific visa negotiated between countries that allows young citizens, usually 18-30 year olds go to another country for an extended stay, usually 1 -2 years. During this time you will be allowed to undertake work to support yourself while in the other country. 


READ MORE: Working Holiday Visas and Work and Holiday Visas


Perks of a Working Holiday Visa


  • You can stay longer in the country, usually 1-2 years.
  • Employment is allowed to help supplement your life.
  • You will have more time to travel around the country.
  • Having worked in another can and does look good on your resume.
  • Live like the locals and immerse yourself in local customs and enjoy local foods.

All pretty good sounding perks don’t you think! 


Working Holiday Visas for Americans


Below you will find six different working holiday opportunities for Americans in five countries. They are listed in alphabetical order of the country name. Under each you will find a brief overview of eligibility. If you don’t qualify for a working holiday visa, don’t worry, there are still opportunities available so you can live, work and play around the world. Check out my Over 30 – Your Work and Travel Options.

Note: Visas can change, so please contact your nearest Consulate for the latest details.


Australia Working Holiday Visa for Americans


  • Age: 18-30
  • Duration: 12 months 
  • Cost: Around $400 AUD
  • Proof of $5000 AUD in the bank
  • Get Details Here

If you undertake three months of regional work, then you can apply for an additional year in Australia. Get more details here.


Read my guide Australia Working Holiday


Canada Working Holiday Visa for Americans


  • Age: 18-35
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Special requirement: U.S. citizens need the support of a Recognized Organization to be approved for this visa.
  • Cost: $795 USD
  • Get More Details Here


Read my post Canada Working Holiday


Ireland Working Holiday Visa for Americans


  • Age: over 18
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Special requirement: Must be enrolled in school full time.
  • Cost: About $350 USD
  • Get More Details Here


Read my post Ireland Working Holiday


New Zealand Working Holiday Visa for Americans


if you are 30-35 years of age there is working holiday visa program to New Zealand through BUNAC. Check out details here

Read my post New Zealand Working Holiday


Singapore Working Holiday Visa for Americans


  • Age: 18-25
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Special requirement: You must be a graduate or undergraduate of a top 200 university.
  • Cost: $150 USD
  • Get More Details Here


South Korea Working Holiday Visa for Americans



What if I Don’t Qualify For A Working Holiday Visa?


If you don’t qualify for one of the working holiday visas available don’t despair as there are still options available to you. Read my post Over 30 -Your Work and Travel Options.


More Options for Living, Working and Playing Abroad as an American


As well as the working holiday visas for Americans there are other options for living, working and playing abroad. Types of work you can pick up include Teaching English, WWoofing, Work On A Cruise Ship, get a hostel job in exchange for board and food, start a travel blog or become a digital nomad and work online and travel and live in other countries for an extended time.




As you have read there are options for Americans to live, work and play in one or more countries for an extended time. So don’t you think you should take up the opportunity? Let me know your thoughts and ask any questions in the comments following.


READ MORE: What to Pack for a Working Holiday


American Passport For A Working Holiday Visa.

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