12 August 2008

Thailand and Australia agree on work and holiday visa

The work and holiday visa agreement between Australia and Thailand has been extended, with the number available more than doubling. The number of Thai and Australian visas available has increased from 200 to 500.

Senator Chris Evans, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, said the changes had been made to increase links between the two countries and was an "investment in future relations".

"This visa assists young people in Australia and Thailand to travel and experience different cultures and have closer contact with a local community while holidaying," Senator Evans added.

The Australian visa allows people to visit the other's country for up to 12 months and work casually for up to six months with any one employer. Those applying for the Australian visa must be aged between 18 and 30 years old, and either currently studying at a tertiary institution or is tertiary educated.

A similar agreement has been arranged recently with Indonesia; last week a work and holiday scheme was established between the two countries. People from both countries will now be able to travel to the others for work or an extended holiday. Turkey, Chile, the US and Malaysia are all participating in the same programme with Australia.

Australia needs skilled workers: Anyone applying for an Australian visa should begin by completing the Australian Visa Bureau's online Australian visa application to see if they meet the Australian visa requirements.

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