New Australian working holiday visa allocation for young Chinese already filled

by Ray Clancy on September 23, 2015

in Australia Immigration, Immigration Documentation

Australia is one of the most popular places in the world for young people to spend a gap year or holiday with many working during their trip.

It now looks as if it is becoming even more popular with applications for the first tranche of new work and holiday visas for young Chinese people being filled within minutes of being made available.

chinaFLAGAn initial 1500 visas will be available under a new arrangement with China, which came into effect this week, but already it is too late for many due to the high demand.

The arrangement will eventually allow 5,000 young Chinese people to enjoy an extended holiday in Australia with the opportunity to engage in short term work or study with the first places being offered through to 2016.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the Work and Holiday visa agreement with China is for young, educated, Chinese nationals aged between 18 and 30 years and confirmed that it will be capped at the 5,000 visa places each year.

“These 5,000 young Chinese people will join the ranks of around 240,000 young people from around the world each year who enjoy a working holiday in Australia. China will be joining a host of other countries given access to the work and holiday programme,” Dutton explained.

He pointed out that Australia is one of the first countries to introduce this unique experience for young people from China, providing Australia with a point of difference in the very competitive and important Chinese tourism market.

“Last financial year, China was the largest source country for visitors to Australia. To support the continuing growth in tourism from China, the Department has successfully implemented a trial of an online visa lodgement system in China, which will be expanded in 2016,” said Dutton. “In 2016 we will also commence a trial of 10 year visitor visas, a premium fast track service and Chinese language support for online visas.”

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