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Germany Working Holiday Visa: Your Questions Answered!

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Once you contact us on the phone or on the web to request information for one of our services we will provide you with a free eligibility assessment which will determine the most appropriate visa for you. The assessment will include preliminary information on the visa conditions and how you meet the eligibility requirements. Once you agree to use our service we will process your visa application through to completion. Our service covers the checking of your documents and personal details for correctness before we lodge your application with the relevant Government/Embassy. In the event that we spot any missing information/documents from your application we will follow up by giving you a phone call or sending you an email to request the necessary details.

Thousands of customers choose Visa First to organise their working holiday visas every year because:

  • We make getting the visa you need fast and hassle-free.
  • We provide a free initial assessment on the process.
  • We developed the unique online visa status engine which allows you to check the status of your visa 24/7. Check your status now.
  • We're visa experts and have organised over 130,000 visas for people like you.
  • We have a price and service promise to you to ensure a low cost effective service.
  • We offer a step-by-step consultation as we do the visa.
  • We provide an end-to-end service from assessment, through gathering and processing the documents till visa grant.
  • We have local offices supporting the visa process.


The price including embassy and processing fee is AUD 250.

*Please note, Embassy fee is set by the Embassies themselves and Visa First has no control over it. Usually, the Embassy fee varies according to embassy, applicant’s nationality, type and duration of visa. The prices given here consist of Visa First handling fee and embassy fee. They are for one person, inclusive of VAT and are an estimate only. Please note that, additional fees may apply. These are dependant on the way you want to receive your passport, exchange rate changes, changes in the Embassy fees etc. In the event that in your case an additional fee is due we will contact you to organize the payment in the most convenient way for you.

The Working Holiday Visa Program aims to enable young people between 18 and 30 to gain an insight into the culture and daily life in Germany. With the German Working Holiday visa you can travel and work in the country for a period up to 12 months.

To be eligible for the Working Holiday Program to Germany you must:

  • be aged between 18 and 30 inclusive)
  • hold an eligible passport (from Australia, New Zealand, Canada or Japan)
    *Be advised that Visa First can organize the German Working Holiday visa only for Australian and New Zealand passport holders residing in Australia, Ireland or the United Kingdom
  • be in good health
  • not be accompanied by children
  • must provide proof of sufficient funds (at least €250 (~AUD 400) for each month of your stay in Germany

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond your intended stay in Germany.

Evidence of funds may be in form of credit cards, copies of bank statements or an official sponsorship declaration with proof of income of your sponsor.

The Working Holiday visa is valid for 12 months.

The visa will start from the date stated on the application form as entry date.

The Working Holiday visa allows you to stay and work in Germany only.

Applications for Working Holiday Visas are usually processed within 1-2 weeks, not including postal delivery and provided that no further documents have to be requested. These figures may, however, vary from case to case, and we assume no responsibility for applications handed in too close to an intended flight date.

The Working Holiday Visa will already include the Work Permit for Germany.

The German Working Holiday visa will be a label placed in your passport. Once you have obtained your visa please check carefully that all entries are correct and in accordance with your application. You should inform the Embassy’s Visa Section immediately of any mistakes.

You can work for the entire 12-month period. There are no restrictions on the period of employment as long as the maximum 12 months stay is not breached.

You can work whatever you like as long as you don’t exceed the allowed 12-month period.

No. You can apply for this Working Holiday visa only once in a lifetime.

You may apply to extend your residence permit or alter its character (e.g. to study or work for a longer period) by filling the appropriate application with the competent Immigration Department in Germany.

No medical examinations will be required. If they are needed your employer will ask you for such.

If your conviction was recorded in Australia this will not affect your application. If you have a conviction from another country apart from Australia the German database will automatically cancel your application.

At Visa First we do everything we can to make sure you receive the best possible service. If you feel that we have not achieved this goal we have set up a complaints handling process:

Complaints Process:
  1. Where an official complaint is received by Visa First, the company will record the nature of the complaint and issue an acknowledgement email to the client within 5 business days of receiving the complaint. The acknowledgement will provide the client with the contact name who is responsible for dealing with the complaint. The official complaint must be made by email (you may also write, although this will slow down the process), and confirm that the client wishes to enter this process. Please email your complaint to
  2. Visa First will investigate the complaint as swiftly as possible and where applicable, the complainant will receive a regular written update on the progress of the investigation at intervals of not more than 20 business days.
  3. Visa First will try to resolve the complaint within 40 business days of having received the complaint. If the complaint cannot be resolved within 40 business days, the Firm will write to the complainant notifying them of the anticipated timeframe for the conclusion of the investigation.
  4. Within 5 business days of the conclusion of the investigation of the complaint, Visa First will issue a resolution letter detailing the outcome of the investigation. This letter will include, if applicable, an explanation of the terms of any offer that the company is prepared to make in settlement of the complaint.

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