Australia is currently considering extending work and holiday visas to citizens of India, Brazil, Mexico, Philippines, Switzerland, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Andorra, Monaco and Mongolia.

All the places made available to travellers from these countries would be added to the existing ceilings for other countries.

Last March, more than 150,000 people were in Australia on a working holiday visa. But this program has actually been much less popular over the past five years.

This news is also the Australian government’s latest attempt to change a significant part of Australia’s migration program.

In July alone, Greece and Ecuador were added to the PVT program, places for this visa were added for some countries, and the possibility of staying in Australia for a third year was made possible for workers. The government has also made several advertising videos describing Australia as “the best place in the world to work”.

According to the Minister of Immigration, these changes are intended to address labour shortages in local areas and particularly on farms. “We know that working holidaymakers travel further into the regions than most other international visitors.

While 417 (uncapped) visa nationals are typically travellers from Germany and Sweden, the 462 visa regime (known as “work and holidays”) includes more developing countries.

David Coleman denied that he wanted to make the PVT a channel for low-skilled migrant workers. “PVT applicants must meet minimum requirements before a visa can be granted, including having a functional level in English and must hold or be studying for higher qualifications. »

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said last year that his government had not ruled out the possibility of an agricultural visa.

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