Work & Holiday Visa


PLEASE NOTE: The consular jurisdiction of the Embassy of Spain in Canberra covers Canberra and Queanbeyan ONLY.  Applicants will be required to present proof of residence in this consular jurisdiction (driver licence, student card).

If you live elsewhere in Australia, for further information and to lodge a visa application, please contact the Consular Office of Spain in your place of residence, according to the list below:

For residents of NSW, QLD & NT   
Consulate-General of Spain in Sydney   
Level 24, St. Martin’s Tower    
31 Market Street, SYDNEY NSW 2000    
Ph: (02) 9261 2433                                   
Fax: (02) 9283 1695                                

For residents of VIC, SA, TAS & WA
Consulate-General of Spain in Melbourne
146 Elgin Street
Ph: (03) 9347 1966
Fax: (03) 9347 7330


A youth mobility visa allows you to travel work and/or study in Spain for one year under the conditions of the Youth Mobility Accord signed in 2014​.​​

Visa processing may take up to one month.  Applicants must lodge their visa applications in person and collect their visas, if approved, also in person
Approved visas that are not collected within one month from the date of written notification of approval, will be withdrawn. 

Please note that during the examination of a visa application, some additional documents may be requested in order to determine that all requirements to obtain the visa are met.  

You will be required to present original documents and a photocopy.  Originals will be returned after they are sighted at the Consular office.

In order to be eligible for this visa, young Australian nationals must:
a. hold a valid Australian passport. 
b. be between the ages of 18 and 30 years (they must apply before turning 31) 
c. have successfully completed at least two years of higher education.
d. possess a functional level of Spanish (to be evaluated at the time of the interview).
e hold or have sufficient resources to purchase a return ticket and have the financial resources needed to support themselves at the beginning of their stay.
f.  before entering Spain, agree to purchase medical insurance, including hospitalisation and repatriation, for the full period of their authorised stay.
g.   not to be accompanied by dependants.
h.   not to have previously taken part in the Programme.


In accordance to Clause 9.2 of the Accord, the Australian citizens taking part in the Programme will not be allowed to work for the same employer for a period longer than six months during their stay unless expressly authorised to do so by the Government of Spain.
In accordance to Clause 9.2 of the Accord, the Australian citizens taking part in the Programme will be permitted to engage in one or more courses of study or training for a total period of no longer than four months during their visit to Spain.

Foreign nationals who hold a valid long term national visa can move freely through other Schengen States for a maximum of three months within any six month period, so long as they meet the entry conditions.


You must submit originals and photocopies of the following documents:
1. National Visa application form​, completed and signed with two (2) recent photographs. 

2. A valid Australian passport or travel document. 

3. Return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase it. 

4. Proof of financial means (bank statements including the previous three months at the time of applying with a balance of, at least, $5,000)

5. Police Criminal Record clearance:
- From the Australian authorities (Australian Federal Police) (name and fingerprints) 
- From the appropriate authorities of any other countries where the applicant has lived during the past five years. 
Please note that:
- Police clearances cannot be older than three (3) months from the date of the application.
-      Non-Australian documents must be translated into English or Spanish in their countries of origin and stamped by the appropriate Consular office of Spain or apostilled. 

6. Medical Certificate a statement signed by a doctor indicating that ‘the patient has been examined and found free of any contagious diseases according to the International Health Regulation 2005’.  This certificate cannot be older than three (3) months from the date of application. 

7. Proof of having successfully completed two years of higher education

8. Proof of possessing a functional level of Spanish

9. Proof of having international comprehensive medical insurance with an insurance company authorised to operate in Spain (including costs for medical and hospital, medical evacuation and repatriation)

10. Application for a National Identification Number for Foreigners (N.I.E) EX-15​ and complete form 790/012​ and pay the appropriate consular fees

11. Pay the appropriate non-refundable 
visa processing fee 



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