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Greece: Work & Holiday Visa Arrangements to Commence – Australians Also Able to Work In Greece

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs has today announced https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman/Pages/australia-and-greece-to-commence-reciprocal-work-and-holiday-arrangements.aspx that from 1 July 2019, 500 places will be available annually for young Greek Citizens to visit Australia on work & holiday visas. While it is not specifically stated, the complying Greek citizens will be able to access the Subclass 462 visa.

 

As with all 462 Visa holders, Greek nationals may undertake specified work in regional areas to become eligible for a second Work and Holiday visa and extend their stay. The option of a third year stay will also be available to them if they undertake six months of regional work in their second year in Australia. There is however, again, as with all 462 Visa programs, no direct pathway to Permanent Residence.

 

Australia and Greece will also commence reciprocal work and holiday arrangements. Young Australians will more easily be able to holiday, work and study in Greece with reciprocal Work and Holiday arrangements set to commence. As with the Work and Holiday Program for Greek Citizens, 500 places each will be available annually for young Australians in the reciprocal program.

 

With the admittance of Greece, the Work and Holiday Visa program is now available to citizens of 43 countries. What the specific criteria such as education and English Language skills will be is not yet known but will become available once a legislative instrument is issued.