Australia is opening Work and Holiday Visa program for 5000 Chinese youth this year in September, Assistant Minister for Australia’s Immigration and Border Protection Michaelia Cash said in a statement in CRI. Young Chinese nationals aged between 18 and 30 will have the opportunity to live and work in Australia for 12 months. China is the largest source country for international students, tourists and business visas to Australia. Australia has also announced 10 year visitor visas for Chinese nationals from 2016. Work and Holiday Visa program was signed along with Free Trade Agreement between Australia and China which was approved last month.
Unveiling Australia’s largest working and holiday visa program, Michaelia Cash said, “As of September 2015, the first 1,500 places in the Working and Holiday Visa program are going to be open for application”. Cash further added, “We will then release more places, up to 2,500 sustained, until we reach our annual cap of 5,000 places.”
Australia’s Work and Holiday Visa program is open to Chinese citizens aged between 18 and 30 who have at least two years of higher education. The applicants must demonstrate their ability to communicate in English by providing IELTS test result. They must score at least 4.5 to be eligible to apply for Working and Holiday visa. The applicants must also submit proof that they have at least 5000 Australian dollars in the bank.
Working and Holiday visa holders are allowed to live in Australia for a maximum period of 12 months. During this period of stay in Australia, the young Chinese nationals will be able to work for six months.
Michaelia Cash said, “It is a very exciting time for the relationship between Australia and China. China is Australia’s largest and fastest growing source of tourism and business visitor’s visas, and China is also the largest source of our International students, and is the second largest source of permanent migrants to Australia”.