12 August 2008

Aus, Thailand expand work and holiday visa programme

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Following talks in Bangkok on Saturday, Australia's Immigration Minister Senator Chris Evans has said the work and holiday programme in Australia and Thailand will be expanded.

The work and holiday visa allows young students aged 18 to 30 years from Australia and Thailand to visit and work in the others’ country for up to 12 months.  The visa holder cannot work for an employer longer than six months and must have no dependent children.

The work and holiday visa conditions are differentiated from the working holiday visa in that visa holders must be tertiary educated or currently studying in a tertiary institution, have the support of their government, and speak the language of the others’ country.

The expansion of the programme now means that 500 work and holiday visas are available to each country. 

"This is an investment in future relations with Thailand to help develop links between people in both countries,” said Senator Evans.  “Each year almost 50,000 Thai people visit Australia and Thailand is a popular destination for Australians with over 300,000 departures to Thailand every year," he added.

Last week, Senator Evans formed an agreement with the Indonesian government to introduce a work and holiday visa programme.  Malaysia, Chile, Turkey, and the USA are also part of the work and holiday programme with Australia.

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Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.

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