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Vietnam and Australia Begin Work and Holiday Visa Agreement

Australia and Vietnam have begun a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangement.

According to DTI, the program, which began on March 1, allows Vietnamese people between the ages of 18 and 30 to travel to Australia for one year and undertake short-term work or study. Under the agreement, Australians in the same age bracket will enjoy the same visa benefits.

From now on, 200 eligible Vietnamese applicants will be granted a visa to Australia each year, while 200 Australians will receive a Vietnam visa, the news source reports. Applicants must hold a university degree and have sufficient funds to support themselves on the trip.

Meanwhile, VnExpress reports the Ministry of Immigration of Australia has said that those holding a tourist or work visa will be able to extend their visa for an additional year if they spend three months working in a rural area.

The agreement is part of Vietnam's effort to expand and improve its overseas labor force, according to the news source. In 2016, the country sent a record 126,000 workers overseas, mainly to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

[Photo via VnExpress]

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