Dear Young Americans,
Did you know that if you are 18-30 years old you can go to Australia on holiday for an entire year with permission to work to supplement your holiday funds? Well, just in case you were unaware, I am here to tell you it is possible. In fact, applying for the visa is not a difficult process at all. Americans are eligible to apply for the Work and Holiday Visa Subclass 462. The application process is easy enough and can be completed online. There is an application fee of approximately 200 American Dollars.
Had I known that Americans were eligible for Working Holidays, America might have felt my absence a bit sooner. As it turns out, I did not find out that Working Holidays existed until I was backpacking through Ireland and met a few Americans on Working Holidays. I was immediately enamored with the concept of being able to travel and work in another country, because frankly if you are allowed to work and earn more money you can travel longer. :-) More adventures please!
It generally only takes 48 hours to hear back about the approval or your Work and Holiday Visa. Once approved you may arrive in Australia to begin your Working Holiday at any point up to a year after the visa was granted. Your visa is activated once you arrive in Australia and will be good for one year.