04 January 2011

New Australian work and holiday agreement with Bangladesh

Young people from Australia and Bangladesh will now be able to travel to each other’s countries through a work and holiday arrangement.

The Australia work and holiday visa program is now open, the Australia immigration department said.

University-educated Australian and Bangladesh travellers who are aged between 18 and 30 will now be able to work and holiday in the other country for up to 12 months.

The work and holiday visa differs from an Australian Working Holiday Visa as it requires applicants to have the support of their government, have or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and to speak functional English.

Bangladesh joins a number of other countries already participating in the Australian work and holiday visa program including Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.

There will be an annual limit of 100 work and holiday visas for both countries but this figure will be reviewed each year.

The Australian Immigration department expects that these places are likely to be filled quickly. 

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australia visa application with the Australian Embassy

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