Thursday, March 15, 2012

Work and Holiday Agreement Took Effect between Australia and Argentina

The Memorandum of Understanding for the Australian Work and Holiday Subclass 462 visa and the equivalent Argentinian visa signed between the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, and the Argentine Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Pedro Villagra Delgado, at Parliament House in Canberra, took effect in February 2012.

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"Work and holiday agreements allow young people to immerse themselves in a new and different cultural experience while also fostering wider economic ties and dialogue between governments," Bowen said. "This agreement reinforces our mutually beneficial relationship with Argentina, which is based on shared interests, greater economic cooperation, and growing trade and tourism links."

Argentina is the latest country to agree to a reciprocal work and holiday visa agreement with Australia, joining other countries including Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.

Argentine university-educated youths can obtain an Australian Subclass 462 Visa allowing them to work, study and live in Australia for one year.  Australians can obtain an Argentinian Working Holiday Visa under the same eligibility criteria. There will be an annual limit of 500 work and holiday visas for both countries.

Australian immigration's Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa differs from a Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa. It requires an applicant to have the support of their government, hold or be studying for a college degree, and to speak functional English.

What this means for Australians and Argentines?
It is a unique opportunity for university-educated Australian and Argentine university-educated aged between 18 and 30 years old to work and holiday in each other's country for up to one year. 

This is another mechanism that will mold a strategic cultural integration of young adults and professionals who enjoy learning and traveling. This opportunity will open doors that will enrich one's life.

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