Australian work and holiday visas now available to Argentinians

Date: Mar 05, 2012

The long-standing tradition of taking a year off at the end of studies has been supported by the recent introduction of a new work and holiday arrangement between Australia and Argentina.

Known as a 'gap-year' it is traditionally taken either at the beginning or end of tertiary education - with students and graduates taking a number of months out from study and work to travel abroad and experience other cultures.

While some choose to race around the globe and see as many sights as possible, others prefer a more focused approach and would rather immerse themselves in a different society for as long as possible.

This is where the work and holiday visas come into their own - they allow young adults between 18 and 30 years of age who are involved in - or who have already received - education at a tertiary level to live and work in a different country.

For travellers choosing to journey to Australia, the 462 subclass carries with it a number of conditions that need to be met before it is issued.

In addition to the age limit and education requirement, the visa is only valid for 12 months - although it does allow for multiple entries into the country within this time - and carries a number of restrictions on the types of employment its bearer can be involved in.

For the most part, people in possession of 462 subclass visas are looking to expand their horizons and are interested in jobs mainly as a means to an end - they are looking to supplement their income while travelling.

To this end they mainly engage in roles that are considered unskilled or semi-skilled by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) - meaning that employers looking to hire skilled migrant workers are better off exploring other avenues with the assistance of a lawyer in immigration.

On top of this, both Australia and Argentina have agreed to limit the issue of the work and holiday visas to 500 each per year - meaning that spaces are fairly limited when compared to other avenues.

For Argentinians planning on travelling to Australia using this subclass, it could be a good move to have their submissions checked in advance by a migration lawyer who is familiar with the local requirements and procedures - giving their application the best possible chance of success.