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Work and Holiday Visa Luxembourg - Australians

Luxembourg and Australia signed an Agreement on a Work and Holiday Scheme on 28 September 2016 in Canberra. This Agreement came into force on 1 January 2017. It aims at allowing young Luxembourgers to go to Australia and young Australians to come to Luxembourg, for a maximum period of one year. The main purpose of their journey ought to be holidaying while working is permitted to supplement their financial resources.

 
Conditions for benefiting from the Agreement

Young nationals of Australia who wish to take advantage of the provisions of this Agreement should:

  • Intend primarily to holiday in Luxembourg for a period of up to twelve calendar months, employment being incidental and accessory;
  • be aged between 18 and have not turned 31 years at the time of application;
  • hold tertiary qualifications, or have successfully completed or have completed at least two (2) years of undergraduate university study;
  • will not be accompanied by dependent children;
  • hold a valid passport;
  • possess a valid return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;
  • have sufficient means, i.e. a minimum of EUR 2,500;
  • agree to hold medical and comprehensive hospitalization insurance which will remain in force throughout their stay in Luxembourg;
  • be a first time applicant under this Scheme;
  • submit a medical certificate issued by a medical doctor appointed by the Belgian Embassy, proving that they are not suffering from an illness or infirmity that might pose a risk to health, public order, or public security
  • produce a document vouching for their good character;
  • provide a letter from the relevant government ministry of Australia  (immigration) which includes consent to their stay in Luxembourg under the terms of this arrangement, see www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Ente/Work. If you click on Eligibility you find the information concerning the Letter of government support delivered by the ACT and Regions Office.

 
How to apply

Apply for a long-stay Work and Holiday Visa at the Belgian Embassy in Canberra at the following address:

The Belgian Embassy in Canberra
19 Arkana Street, Yarralumla ACT 2600 – AUSTRALIA
Tel: + 61.(0)2 6273 2501 fax: + 61.(0)2 6273 3392
Email: canberra@diplobel.fed.be (link sends e-mail) - Website: http://australia.diplomatie.belgium.be 

 
Documents you have to submit

  1. Two completed and signed application forms witnessed by a Justice of the Peace.
  2. Two recent passport-sized photographs.
  3. Your Australian passport.
  4. Application fee. The preferred method is provision of credit card details. Please refer to Payment Options.
  5. An original National Criminal History Record Check (Name check) not older than six months on the day you submit your application, delivered by the competent authority. This document has to be legalized by means of an Apostille. You can obtain the Apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia / Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand. See Obtaining Documents.
  6. A recent Medical Certificate stating that you are not suffering of any contagious diseases; the validity of this report is of 3 months after the date of issue. The medical exam is to be done by a Medical Doctor appointed by the Embassy. A blood test for syphilis and a chest x-ray for tuberculosis must be undertaken first, so that you can hand the results to the designated doctor. If you live 150 km or more away from a designated doctor, you can choose a different doctor. Please ask the doctor to send us a letter on the clinic’s letterhead which states your name and the doctor’s full name and signature. This letter may also be sent to us as a scanned copy by email to canberra@diplobel.fed.be. The Embassy will then need to legalise the doctor’s signature. Click here for the fee.
  7. Proof of sufficient funds (either savings, or a credit card valid at least one year).
  8. A flight itinerary for a return flight or proof of a one way flight plus proof that the applicant has sufficient funds to purchase the return leg.
  9. Luxembourg and Australia have not signed a health care agreement. It is therefore strongly advised that holders of a Work and Holiday Visa take out private insurance to cover the entire period of the stay.
  10. A self-addressed return envelope (express, registered or courier) or postage fee.

We may always request further information.

Visa application fee – Click here

Payment Options – Click here

 

A personal appearance is required.

If you cannot make a personal appearance and you have to send your application by mail, the following requirements apply:

(1) Your signature on the application form must be notarized (certified) by a notary public or a Justice of the Peace.
(2) Do not send your form and documents to an Honorary Consul, only to the Embassy in Canberra.

 
Important remarks

Upon arrival in Luxembourg you must register within three work days at the Town Hall of your chosen place of residence. Whenever you change your residence, you must report to the Town Hall of the place you are leaving and of the place you are going to. If you do not know which municipality you are living in, please mark Luxembourg-city.

You are allowed to engage in study or training programs but the total duration of such programs should not exceed four months.

While it is not intended that “Work and Holiday” visa holders will work for the full 12 calendar months of their visit, authorization to work will be granted for their full duration of stay. They cannot be employed more than 6 months by any one employer. Note however that access to some professions is regulated and depends on your qualifications or certificates/diplomas being recognized and on any rules of registration as a practitioner for those professions (e.g. medical or legal professions).

Obtaining the visa may take three to four weeks or more according to the time of the year. You must enter Luxembourg within the period of validity of your visa and report to the Town Hall of your chosen place of residence, where you will register for the time of your stay.