Slovenia latest country to join Australian working holiday visa program

by Ray Clancy on June 16, 2015

in Australia

Slovenia is the latest country to sign a reciprocal agreement with Australia allowing young people to work and holiday in each other’s countries.

The arrangement will allow people aged 18 to 30 years to travel to each other’s country for one year and undertake short term work and study under the Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa.

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The arrangement will allow people aged 18 to 30 years to work and travel in each other’s country for one year

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Michaelia Cash, said this is a great development as it will encourage young people to add Australia or Slovenia as another destination option when going abroad to travel, work and study for short term.

“Australia’s working holiday maker programme is built on the principle that global experiences build global citizens, the chance to experience life overseas is an important opportunity to build new skills and develop an appreciation of another culture,” she explained.

“We will be working closely with our Slovenian counterparts to establish a mutually agreed start date for this arrangement as soon as possible. Once the arrangement has commenced, eligible young people from Slovenia and Australia will be able to apply for this visa programme,” she pointed out, adding that the commencement date will be announced on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

This visa allows holders to stay in Australia for up to 12 months, to work in Australia for up to six months with each employer, to study for up to four months and to leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid. Applicants must be outside Australia when they apply for this visa.

There is an annual limit to the number of Work and Holiday visas issued to each country. No applications will be approved once this limit is reached. For Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Turkey, the immigration office outside Australia that processes applications from nationals of those countries can confirm how many visas are available.

Applicants from Argentina, Chile, Portugal and Uruguay need to contact the Americas Service Centre and those in Poland and Spain need to contact the Europe Service Centre.

Applicants need a valid passport issued by an eligible country for this visa and it is linked to the passport number used in the application. The fee for the visa is $420 and applicants could have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments and police certificates, or any other certificates or tests.

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Keith Martin June 18, 2015 at 5:21 am

The 462 visas seem very hard to get.
The 417 are dead easy.
Seems we are treating different people from Europe very differently?
This is likely to cause antagonism and NOT in Australia’s best interest.
Why are Italians treated so much better than Greeks, Spanish or Portuguese?
Why is an Estonian much better than a Polish or Slovenian?
Please treat them all the same.

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Soniac June 24, 2015 at 8:31 am

It’s reciprical….those countries are not treating Australians the same as other Countries…we are limited applying to work there compared with Italy or UK.

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