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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 411. Updated Tuesday, 27 May 2014

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Deal puts Greece on map for students

The signing of a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement means young people from Australia and Greece are a step closer to having the opportunity to visit and work in each other's countries.

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison said the signing of the agreement was testament to the close and positive relationship between the two countries.

"This arrangement, when brought into effect, will enable up to 500 young adults from Greece and 500 young adults from Australia to enjoy a holiday in each other's country, during which they may engage in short-term work and study," Mr Morrison said.

Reciprocal work and holiday visa

He said the one-year work and holiday visa differed from a working holiday visa as it required applicants to have the support of their Government, hold or be studying towards tertiary qualifications and to speak functional English.

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash said over the coming months, both countries would be working closely together to implement the necessary legal and administrative processes to bring this visa into effect.

"As well as creating an exciting opportunity for young people in both countries to experience life abroad, this arrangement will further enhance the cultural and economic links between the two countries," Ms Cash said.

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