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MABUHAY! Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) Visa Now Available for Filipino Nationals

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The Australian Government has introduced significant updates to the Work and Holiday visa program, specifically benefiting Filipino citizens. Starting from 1 July 2024, holders of a valid passport issued by the Republic of the Philippines are now eligible to apply for the Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visa for Australia.

Key Points:

Effective Date: The new eligibility criteria commence on July 1, 2024.

Purpose: The inclusion of the Philippines as a specified country for the Subclass 462 visa allows Filipino nationals to apply for this visa.

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must hold a valid passport issued by the Philippines.

Applicants must meet one of the following educational qualifications:
Hold tertiary qualifications.
Have successfully completed at least 2 years of undergraduate study or post-secondary education.

Consultation and Agreement: This amendment follows bilateral negotiations between the Australian Government and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines. The arrangements were announced by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on 8 September 2023.

Legislative Context: The instrument is made under paragraph 1224A(3)(a) of Schedule 1 and paragraph 462.221(c) of Schedule 2 to the Migration Regulations 1994. The amendment is a legislative instrument for the Legislation Act 2003 and is exempt from disallowance.

This change enhances the Work and Holiday visa opportunities for Filipino nationals, promoting cultural exchange and bilateral ties between Australia and the Philippines.

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