China working holiday makers now welcome

The Australian Government has added China to list of eligible countries for Work and Holiday (462) visas.

This change allows young, educated Chinese citizens to stay in Australia for up to 12 months with the ability to leave and re-enter Australia any number of times. Visa holders are allowed to work six months with an employer and study for up to four months.

The arrangement will eventually allow 5000 young Chinese people to enjoy an extended holiday in Australia with the opportunity to engage in short-term work or study.

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton, said the work and holiday visa agreement with China is for young, educated, Chinese nationals aged between 18 and 30 years.

Dutton said there were 240,000 international young visitors on working holiday visas in Australia and we are one of the first countries to offer this visa to young people from China.These changes take effect from 21 September 2015.

Applicants from China must:

  • Hold a valid passport issues by the People’s Republic of China
  • Holders of this passport are not required to provide evidence of Government support for the grant of the visa
  • Chinese applications cannot be lodged by post
  • Application must be made by appointment and in person at one of the the three addresses provided in the Instrument in either Beijing, Guangzhou or Shanghai

These changes take effect from 21 September 2015.

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