Slovakia the latest country sign working holiday visa agreement with Oz

by Ray Clancy on May 29, 2015

in Australia Travel

Young Australians and Slovaks can now explore and work in each other’s countries under a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement now confirmed by officials.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop met and signed the agreement with Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajcák during his three day visit to the country.


Australia and Slovakia have signed a new working holiday agreement for young people

She said that the new arrangement demonstrated the constructive and positive relationship between the two countries. ‘This agreement will provide the opportunity for a culturally rich experience for the young adults of Australia and Slovakia and strengthen our already warm people-to-people links,’ explained Bishop.

Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash pointed out that the new arrangement will allow up to 200 young people from both countries to enjoy a holiday in each other’s country, during which they may undertake short term work and study.

‘Both countries will be working closely over the coming months to implement these changes and to complete all necessary legal and administrative processes to bring this visa into effect,’ she added.

The work and holiday visa requires applicants to have the support of their government, hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications, and to speak functional English.

Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that, from 01 July, new legislation means immigration officials will begin screening passengers departing from Australian airports before they check in.

For several years, airlines have been required by law to share their international passenger records with the department before their planes land in Australian airports, but under the new rules airlines will begin sharing this data for departing passengers as well.

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Heribert Kaleta July 17, 2015 at 12:16 am

Dear madam/sir,

I would like to know a little bit more information about this agreement.
When is it valid from and where can I apply for it?

Thank you very much in advance.

Best regards,

Heribert Kaleta


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