A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Australian Federal Government and the Israeli Government on 22 October 2014, establishing a reciprocal Work and Holiday visa arrangement.
The implications of this are that Israeli citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 (after completing military service) will be eligible to apply for a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa which will enable them to work legally in Australia for up to one year. The Work and Holiday visa enables visa holders to undertake short term work or study as well as allowing an extended holiday in Australia.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has announced that it will allow up to 500 young adults from Israel and up to 500 young adults from Australia to be granted this visa. After these places have been filled, it seems that the visa will be capped annually.
The DIBP has announced that the Australian and Israeli Governments will work closely to implement the necessary legal and administrative processes to bring this visa into effect. The Work and Holiday arrangement will not commence until a start date has been agreed by both countries.
Negotiations are also under way to establish reciprocal Work and Holiday visa arrangements with Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Poland and the Slovak Republic.
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