On 27 May 2015, a new Work and Holiday arrangement was signed between Australia and the Slovak Republic, establishing a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) arrangement between the two countries.
The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs announced the agreement which will allow up to 200 people from both countries to experience travelling and working abroad from the mutual agreement.
“The agreement will provide the opportunity for a culturally rich experience for the young adults of Australia and Slovakia and strengthen our already warm people-to-people links,” said Minister Bishop after signing the agreement with Slovak Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affair, Miroslav Lajcak.
Subject to notification of a formal start date, eligible young adults from the Slovak Republic will be able to apply for an Australian visa. No formal announcement has been made about the proposed start date.
The work and holiday visa requires applicants to have the support of their government, hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications, and to speak functional English.
The Australian and Slovak governments have started to work together to complete the necessary processes that will bring the visa into effect.
If you would like any more information on the Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) or any other Visa options available, Visa Solutions Australia can help. Visa Solutions Australia is a specialist visa consultancy with over twenty years of experience dealing with visa applications. Please feel free to contact us for further details.