23 July 2009

Presentation on Australia Working Holiday Visa programme tomorrow

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The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will be holding a presentation in Seoul on Friday to prepare those wanting or about to take an Australian Working Holiday visa.

Australian Working Holiday Visa

An information session will be held tomorrow for those about to embark on an Australian Working Holiday.

The event is aimed at helping Australian Working Holiday Visa holders prepare for their life in the country.

A Department official said, "as an increasing number of South Koreans join the work-and-travel program, an increasing number of negative cases are also reported."

Some Australian visa holders returned home earlier than scheduled, failing to achieve what they originally sought, and some faced unexpected accidents, he said.

"So, it is necessary to provide participants with proper information prior to their departure."

During the presentation, this year's participants will receive information on how to settle in the initial stages, deal with administrative matters, find a  job and study English.

Other South Koreans who have previously gone on an Australian Working Holiday will also share their experiences and advice to be successful.

Second Vice Foreign Minister Shin Kak-soo is scheduled to give a speech to encourage the young people.

Working Holiday visas give young people between the ages of 18 and 30 the ability to work to supplement their travel while in Australia.

Work undertaken must be incidental to the main purpose of holidaying, and visa holders cannot work for more than six months with any one employer.

The Australian Government has issued the Australian Working Holiday Visa to about 34,000 South Koreas during the fiscal year of 2008 and 2009.


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