Australia, Spain Agree Working Holiday Visa Deal

By Dex Tennyson, for 04 September, 2014

Australia and Spain have signed a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement for young adults.

The agreement will enable up to 500 young adults from Spain and from Australia to enjoy a holiday in the other country, during which they may engage in short-term work and study. However, the new visa differs from a typical working holiday visa in that it requires applicants to have the support of their government, to possess or be studying towards tertiary-level qualifications, and to be able to speak functional English or Spanish as appropriate.

Australia's Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison, said that the agreement will facilitate cultural exchange between the two countries, and that it would bolster the "already close and positive relationship" between the two countries. This was echoed by his deputy, Michaelia Cash, who described the agreement as "a testament to the constructive relationship between Spain and Australia, to the benefit of young adults seeking a unique cultural experience."

The two countries will work closely over the coming months to implement the necessary legal and administrative processes to begin offering the visa.

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