13 November 2006
Australia offer more work and holiday visas for Chileans
Australia have raised the Work and Holiday Visa annual quota for Chilean nationals from 100 to 500 to help meet demand.
The Chilean Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) is for young people aged 18 to 30 who are interested in a working holiday of up to 12 months in Australia, and it also allows participants to . Iran and Thailand also have Work and Holiday visa arrangements in place.
The work and holiday visa differs from a working holiday visa, as it requires an applicant to have the support of their government, hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications, and to speak functional English or Spanish respectively.
'Australia is becoming a more popular destination for young Chileans,' Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs Amanda Vanstone said.
'The cap until now of 100 visas has been reached within the first four months of the year, with many more applicants awaiting visas.
'The increase to 500 – effective today – will give more young people from both countries new opportunities to travel and experience different cultures.'
The Chilean Government has also increased from 100 to 500 the cap for Australians travelling to Chile.