Australia and Vietnam commence reciprocal work and holiday visa program

March 17, 2017

Starting March 1, 2017, a total of 200 Australian and Vietnamese citizens aged between 18 and 30 will become eligible to enter Australia and Vietnam under the Work and Holiday Visa program.

This has become possible through the recently signed partnership between Vietnam and Australia that allows a certain number of young individuals to spend a vacation and/or work in their respective countries.

With this, Vietnam becomes the most recent addition to Australia's Work and Holiday Visa Program (subclass 462), joining other countries such as Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the USA, and Uruguay.

In February, Australia inked a similar agreement with Hungary, Luxembourg, and San Marino.

“Young Vietnamese and Australian citizens now have the opportunity to apply for a unique cultural exchange experience. This will increase understanding between the peoples of our two countries, and contribute greatly to our economic, security and innovation partnerships,” Craig Chittick, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam, told the press.

Talks on the bilateral tourism program began in 2014, but the agreement was only formalised on March 18, 2015. The program, according to both parties, aims to open both countries to their respective young citizens "to experience and participate in cultural exchange, mutual experience learning, and strengthening comprehensive cooperation."

The visa allows a visitor to stay in the country for 12 months, work for six months, and study up to four months. It also gives the visitor an unlimited “leave and re-enter” privilege while the visa is valid.

Chittick also announced that the program would reopen on 1 July every year.

Book a consultation with one of our registered migration consultants if you have any questions about the Work and Holiday Visa.