The announcement of the bilateral agreement between Australia and Greece for the Working Holiday Visa and its implementation sparked a positive response from the Greek Community of Melbourne — GCM for short — as they welcomed the new development. The announcement was made by Terens Quick, the Greek Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and David Coleman, Australia's Minister for Immigration. The Working Holiday Visa will permit young people to visit either of the two countries and have the permit to work. This reciprocal agreement has been scheduled to become effective from July 1, 2019.
Mr. Quick announced the implementation of this agreement during his visit to Melbourne for the celebration of the Greek National Independence Day. Mr. David Coleman announced him in a press release earlier this week.
The agreement is a dream come true
According to Quick, the reciprocal agreement is a positive development in that it had suffered years of uncertainty. Coleman, on the other hand, stressed that Australia has a great friendship with Greece which it enjoys and that Greece had shown a lot of interest in being included in Australia's Working Holiday Visa program
. He said the program would open doors for more exchange of work and culture between the two countries.
Bill Papastergiadis, the President of GCM, said the agreement was the Greek Community's initiative. According to him, GCM commenced the talks for the program since June 2011 with Mr. Chris Bowen, the Immigration Minister at the time.
The General Secretary of GCM, Costas Markos, expressed his pleasure over this development saying that the effort put into this proposal over the years, has paid off finally. He believes that this agreement is another affirmation that the two countries — Greece and Australia — share a rich history. He further added that it would present the youth from both countries with a unique opportunity to establish and nurture the special relationship between Australia and Greece.
Greek nationals, through this agreement, will also be able to extend their stay in Australia
if in their second year in the country; they take part in the six months of regional work.
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