Vietnam expects Australia to increase its Labor Holiday Program quota

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son asked Australia to increase quotas for Vietnamese under the Labor Holiday Program when he met his counterpart Penny Wong.

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son paid an official visit to Australia on September 11-13 at the invitation of Foreign Minister Penny Wong and co-chaired the 4th Vietnam-Australia Foreign Ministers Meeting, according to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At the conference, the two ministers affirmed that the leaders of Vietnam and Australia both value and are determined to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries on the basis of friendship and good and long-term cooperation.

Foreign Minister Wong (left) and Minister Bui Thanh Son before the conference on September 12.  Photo: VNA.

Foreign Minister Wong (left) and Minister Bui Thanh Son before the conference on September 12. Image: VNA.

Regarding labor cooperation, the two sides will consider adjusting the Memorandum of Understanding on the Agricultural Visa Program in accordance with the new situation. Minister Bui Thanh Son also suggested that Australia increase the quota for Vietnamese citizens to come to Australia under the Working Holiday Program, pay attention to and create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community in Australia to live and integrate.

Foreign Minister Wong said that the two countries have many opportunities and potentials that can be exploited to strengthen the strategic partnership. promote cooperation on the basis of mutual benefits in fields where Vietnam has needs and Australia has experience and resources such as agriculture, clean energy, development aid (ODA)…

Trade-investment cooperation has become a bright spot in the relationship between the two countries with strong growth in bilateral trade, reaching US$9.6 billion in the first seven months of 2022, up nearly 40% over the same period last year. Cooperation in other fields such as defense and peacekeeping, security, cross-border crime prevention, culture, education, tourism, labor… are all actively promoted.

Minister Bui Thanh Son suggested Australia maintain and expand ODA for Vietnam to new fields that Vietnam is in need of, increase two-way investment, and create more favorable conditions for agricultural and aquatic products. Vietnam’s access to the Australian market, in the immediate future, is passion fruit, grapefruit and whole fresh shrimp, thereby contributing to expanding Vietnam’s exports to Australia and balancing the two-way trade balance.

Foreign Minister Wong affirmed that Australia highly values ​​the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with ASEAN and attaches importance to ASEAN’s central role in the region, committing to promoting cooperation for the sustainable development of the Mekong sub-region. within the framework of the Mekong – Australia Partnership. The two ministers agreed to strengthen maritime cooperation, contributing to maintaining peace and stability in the region and in the East Sea.

Working Holiday Visa is a visa for young nationals of some countries, including Vietnam, who are allowed to come to Australia to work in combination with tourism for a period of one year.

The Labor Holiday Program begins on July 1 of each year and ends on June 30 of the following year. The number of working and holiday visas issued for the first time to Vietnamese passport holders is limited to 1,500 per year. The Australian government previously announced to increase the limit by 30% in the 2022-2023 program, granting 1,950 quotas.

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