Australia and Argentina Work and Holiday visa agreement goes into effect this week

02 March 2012


Young people from Australia and Argentina now have the opportunity to visit and work in each others countries under a new work and holiday arrangement that came into effect this week.

The new work and holiday arrangement, which was signed by the two governments in November last year, was set up to encourage cultural exchange and widen economic ties and links between the two countries. Under the new arrangement, university-educated Australians and Argentinians aged between 18 and 30 will be allowed to work and holiday in each others country for up to 12 months.

"This agreement reinforces our mutually beneficial relationship with Argentina, which is based on shared interests, greater economic cooperation, and growing trade and tourism links," said Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen.

It is important to note that this Australian immigration Subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa differs from the Subclass 417 Working Holiday visa as it requires applicants to have the support of their government, hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and to speak functional English.

There will be an annual limit of 500 visas for both countries.

Argentina will be added to the list of countries who have reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangements with Australia. The current list includes Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Turkey and the US.

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