The signing of a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement between Australia and Spain will give young people from both countries a unique opportunity to experience the vibrancy of each other’s culture, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said in a media release.
The arrangement, signed at Parliament House yesterday, means young people from Australia and Spain will have the opportunity to experience short-term work and study arrangements in each other’s country.
Minister Morrison said the agreement will facilitate cultural exchange between the two countries, both in terms of the once–in–a–lifetime experience for the individuals involved, and in terms of the insights they will bring back to their home countries. ‘The reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement fosters people–to–people links between the two countries, bolstering our already close and positive relationship,’ Minister Morrison said.
Of note 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.
Morrison expects the new program will foster people-to-people links and boost the already close relationship between the two countries