Australia and Argentina have signed a reciprocal work and holiday visa deal.
03 November 2011
Australia and Argentina now work and holiday 462 visa amigos
Australia and the Argentine Republic have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) paving the way for a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement.
Young Australians and Argentinians will now have the opportunity to live and work in each others' countries under a new visa deal signed by Australian immigration minister Chris Bowen and Argentine Ambassador to Australia Pedro Villagra Delgado in Canberra yesterday.
Under the agreement, Argentine youths between the ages of 18 and 30 who are university-educated will be eligible to obtain an Australia visa valid for work, entry and leave for twenty four months. The same opportunity will be available to Australians in gaining an Argentinian visa under the same eligibility criteria.
"Work and holiday agreements allow young people to immerse themselves in a new and different cultural experience while also fostering wider economic ties and dialogue between governments," Mr Bowen said.
"This agreement reinforces our mutually beneficial relationship with Argentina, which is based on shared interests, greater economic cooperation, and growing trade and tourism links."
The work and holiday visa (subclass 462) is more conditional than the Working Holiday visa Australia, dependent on an applicants ability to gain government sponsorship and proof of enrolment in tertriary education.
Similar work and holiday agreements are in place between Australia and Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey and the US.
There will be an annual limit of 500 work and holiday visas for both countries.
Australian Visa Bureau is an independent migration consultancy that specialises in helping people lodge applications with the Australian High Commission.