The Work and Holiday Visa has been the talk of the town for the last six years. And now it is finally coming into action. The Greeks were waiting for this opportunity for a while now as they were waiting both the country governments to give the green signal. Under the Work and Holiday Visa, 500 Greeks will be allowed to travel, work, and reside in Australia for a year.
Greeks who were waiting for this were welcomed into the new year by the Greek Official Government Gazette by making the Work and Holiday visa official. Six years ago, the Greek Community of Melbourne started a movement encouraging the Australian government to launch a visa like this one, so that Greeks get to experience what it is like living and working in a beautiful and developed country like Australia.
Terence Quick, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs for Greek, said that he is happy the Australian government fulfilled another Greek wish. For some time, the visa wasn’t deemed important and was left loose. But when Quick visited Australia to meet Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, in 2014 in Canberra, she helped to fasten the things. And the results are here. He also acknowledged the Greek Community of Melbourne for being patient and persistent as legislative procedures take time.
Excited for Young Greeks
Quick is very excited that the youth of Greece will now be able to experience Australia. Greece and Australia have always shared close and healthy relationships, and the visa was like a cherry on top of the cake. It has bound both the countries to a stronger bond. It is every traveler’s dream to stay for a few months in another country and experience it. Staying for a long time isn’t possible since all your finances exhaust. With this visa, they can work and earn enough money to explore around.