|A group of Australian tourists go on a boat tour to visit the UNESCO-recognised Trang An landscape complex. Under the newly-launched work-and-holiday visa scheme, more young Australian citizens now have the opportunity to be part of a unique cultural exchange experience. — VNS Photo Khánh Chi
HÀ NỘI — Australia and Việt Nam have started a reciprocal work and holiday visa programme from March 1.
The arrangement will allow young Vietnamese citizens, aged between 18 and 30 years, to travel to Australia for one year and take up short-term work and courses. It will also allow young Australians to work and holiday in Việt Nam.
Every year, 200 eligible Vietnamese applicants will be granted visas to Australia and 200 Australians can come to Việt Nam.
“I’m delighted to see the latest outcome in our bilateral cooperation,” Australian ambassador Craig Chittick said. “Young Vietnamese and Australian citizens now have the opportunity to be part of a unique cultural exchange experience. It will improve the understanding between the people of our two countries and contribute greatly to our economic, security and innovation partnerships.”
The work and holiday visa will allow Vietnamese citizens to engage in cultural exchange and tourism programmes; stay in Australia for 12 months from their date of arrival; work for the 12-month duration of their stay (but for not longer than six months with one employer); and do up to four-month-long courses.
After March 1, the work and holiday visa programme will reopen on July 1 every year.
For more information on eligibility and conditions of the visa and how to apply, visit vietnam.embassy.gov.au/hnoi/Visas_and_Migration.html (Australian Embassy Vietnam) or border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/462 (Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection) or laodongkynghi.dolab.gov.vn (Department of Labour, Việt Nam’s Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs). — VNS