Australia and Greece sign working holiday visa agreement

by Ray Clancy on May 28, 2014

in Australia, Immigration Documentation

Young people from Australia and Greece are a step closer to having the opportunity to visit and work in each other’s countries, with the signing of a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement.

Scott Morrison, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, said that the signing of the agreement was testament to the close and positive relationship between the two countries.

Applicants must hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and speak functional English.

‘This arrangement, when brought into effect, will enable up to 500 young adults from Greece and 500 young adults from Australia to enjoy a holiday in each other’s country, during which they may engage in short term work and study,’ he said.

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

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, said that over the coming months, both countries would be working closely together to implement the necessary legal and administrative processes to bring this visa into effect.

‘As well as creating an exciting opportunity for young people in both countries to experience life abroad, this arrangement will further enhance the cultural and economic links between the two countries,’ she added.

She also announced that a crackdown on illegal workers nabbed 33 suspects in two states this week, including 14 foreign nationals who were located near Perth.

Compliance officers from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) yesterday located 14 suspects, mostly Malaysians, at a chicken factory outside Perth. All but one of the 14 are unlawful non-citizens.

In an unrelated operation in central Victoria, a suspected illegal labour hire contractor was among 19 foreign nationals located working illegally. Compliance officers found 12 Malaysians and seven Indians during operations targeting the city of Shepparton, in the province of Victoria.

Cash said it is essential that employers and contractors are aware they face fines and civil penalties for allowing or referring people to work illegally. Employers can check the visa details of non-citizens using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online tool on the DIBP’s website.


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