On October 30th 2017 Canada and Austria signed a bilateral agreement between our respective countries to include a working holiday program.


In the context of a cultural or tourist trip, young people may spontaneously decide that they wish to enter into a limited working relationship and also use education facilities in the respective country. Working Holiday Programmes (WHP) were set up to meet the relevant demands and enable young people between 18 and 30 to finance their (holiday) stay abroad – at least to some extent – themselves, gather practical vocational experience in another country and benefit from the local educational facilities. Employment and education are thus not the primary reason for travelling abroad but are as such an incidental benefit. Under these programmes, young people may gather professional experience abroad and acquire/improve foreign language skills, which are important aspects when starting a career. Another objective is promoting young people’s understanding of other countries and cultures.

Austria has so far concluded agreements in this regard with New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Israel, Canada, Chile and Australia.

Inquiries regarding an Austrian Working Holiday Visa should be addressed to the respective Austrian representation (see Working Holiday Application)

Austria is therefore be among the top EU countries with regard to the number of concluded and effective WHP agreements.


Details: Nationals of Canada- Working Holiday Program – Austria

Duration of stay:

  • Up to twelve months


  • The visa application can be submitted at the Austrian Embassy in Ottawa
  • As an exception, the visa application can be submitted at the Austrian Embassies Ljubljana, London and Bratislava or at the Austrian Consulate General Munich. Information on the Working Holiday Program should be collected primarily at the Austrian Embassy in Ottawa.


  • EUR 100 (for a stay of more than 90 days; Visa D – WHP)

Qualifying requirements:

  • completed application form for a National Visa (visa D)
  • one passport photograph according to ICAO regulations
  • valid Canadian passport (valid until at least three months after the last day of validity of the applied visa, at least two free visa pages)
  • police clearance check
  • travel, health and accident insurance with a minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR (approx. 50,000 CAD) for each medical expense, and repatriation) and validity in the entire Schengen area, including the following details: name of insured person, length of coverage, insurance sum
  • proof of sufficient funds: applicants must show proof of sufficient funds to help cover initial expenses in Austria
  • proof of means of transportation to and from Austria or sufficient funds for purchasing a respective ticket