Australia adds to its work and holiday visa programme

by Ray Clancy on January 4, 2011

in Jobs in Australia

Aussie and Bangladeshi job opportunities

Young people from Australia and Bangladesh now have the opportunity to work in each other’s countries through a work and holiday arrangement that have come into effect this month.

University educated Australian and Bangladesh travellers who are aged between 18 and 30 will now be able to work and holiday in the other country for up to 12 months, the Australian government has announced.

The work and holiday visa differs from a working holiday visa as it requires applicants to have the support of their government, have or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and to speak functional English.

Bangladesh has become the latest country to have a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement with Australia, joining a number of other countries, including Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.

A spokesman for the Australian immigration and citizenship department said that feedback on these arrangements has been positive and these places are quickly filled each year.

In the case of Bangladesh, there will be an annual limit of 100 work and holiday visas for both countries but this figure will be reviewed each year.

‘This new arrangement is an investment in future relations with Bangladesh and will also help develop links between people in both countries,’ the spokesman said.

A work and holiday visa allows the visa holder to enter Australia within 12 months of the date of the visa being granted, to stay in Australia for up to 12 months, to leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid, to work in Australia for up to six months with each employer and to study for up to four months.

If the limit is reached applicants will be notified and told that the processing of their application may be delayed. The spokesman added that Australia continues to expand the programme and will negotiate work and holiday arrangements with additional countries.

Further information on the work and holiday visa programme can be found at www.immi.gov.au.

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