20 October 2014

Australia signs Work and Holiday Visa agreement with Portugal

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Australia has expanded its working holiday programme with the signing of a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement with Portugal.

Australia and Portugal have announced that a new Work and Holiday arrangement for youth mobility was signed, establishing a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement between our two countries.

A press release featured on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) had the following information about the arragnement:

"This arrangement, when brought into effect, will allow up to 200 young adults from Portugal and up to 200 young adults from Australia to enjoy a holiday in each other's country, during which they may undertake short term work and study.

"In the coming months, Australia and Portugal will work closely together to implement the necessary legal and administrative processes to bring this visa into effect. The work and holiday arrangement will not commence until a start date has been agreed by both countries.

"When a commencement date has been announced, eligible young adults from Portugal and Australia will be able to apply for this visa."

Young people aged between 18 and 30 years can travel and work in Australia for up to 12 months on an Australian Work and Holiday Visa. Work and Holiday visas are best for gap-year travellers who want to explore Australia and can be applied for via the Work and Holiday assessment on the Visa Bureau website.

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