Australians and Slovakians can now work and explore each other’s countries following an announcement made by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Julie Bishop and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash.
Minister Bishop recently met with Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Miroslav Lajčák to sign the new agreement that will enable up to 200 young Aussies and 200 young Slovaks to experience each country’s culture through the exchange program.
“This agreement will provide the opportunity for a culturally rich experience for the young adults of Australia and Slovakia and strengthen our already warm people-to-people links,” Minister Bishop said.
“The new arrangement will allow up to 200 young people from both countries to enjoy a holiday in each other’s country each year, during which they may undertake short term work and study,” Minister Cash said. “Both countries will be working closely over the coming months to implement these changes and to complete all necessary legal and administrative processes to bring this visa into effect,” she added.
The Work and Holiday Visa Program (SC462) differs from a Working Holiday visa as it requires applicants to have tertiary qualifications, speak functional English, and gain the support of their government.
Similar program already exists in several countries such as Spain, Turkey, Malaysia, Vietnam, Chile, Israel, and the United States.