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Working Holiday Visa

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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.


Visa First’s processing fee is €100.

The purpose of the Scheme is to facilitate cultural and educational exchange between Hong Kong and the participating country with a view to strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two places.

The countries that Hong Kong has agreement for the Working Holiday Scheme are Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand

Citizens from Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Republic of Korea and from New Zealand who are aged between 18 and 30 are eligible to apply for this visa. They must have never been on such type of visa to Hong Kong before and must meet the visa requirements.

The visa must be activated within 3 months from its issue date.

We would advise you to apply within 3 months from your intended entry date in Hong Kong but not later than 1 month because your application will be sent to Hong Kong for approval.

Normally it takes 2 weeks for the visa to be granted from the date the immigration authorities receive your documents and provided that they are OK. Please allow time for postage to and from Hong Kong as well.

The working holiday visa allows you to stay up to 12 months from your initial entry date in the country.

Yes, you must apply from your home country and must be originally residing in it.

This is because at present, only the governments of those countries have signed Working Holiday Agreements with Hong Kong. Working Holiday Agreements are concluded bilaterally between separate countries, and it's up to the government of each country to organize Working Holiday Agreements with other governments. If you wish to apply for a Working Holiday Visa to visit a certain country, your own country must have a Working Holiday Agreement with the country in question.

Yes, it’s possible as long as you return into the country within your visa validity and the circumstances upon which you have acquired your visa remain unchanged.

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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