By The Jakarta Post
Asia News Network
The government will be continuing its bilateral partnership on immigration with Australia by issuing working holiday visas (WHV).
The Immigration Directorate General revealed on its official Instagram account @ditjen_imigrasi on Monday that both governments were preparing to open registration for the program, which was first commenced in 2009, this year.
To be eligible for the WHV, applicants must be Australian and Indonesian citizens aged between 18 and 30 years old. The visa would allow them to stay in the other country for up to 12 months for various purposes, such as education and part-time employment.
Indonesians who are interested in applying must first obtain an Issuance of Indonesian Government Recommendation Letters (SRPI), a document issued by the Immigration Directorate General.
The office has yet to announce the dates of the registration.
The government has established a quota of 1,000 applicants who will be selected through both online and face-to-face administrative processes, a spike from the previous 100 applicant quota regulated during its early commencement.
There are also terms and conditions for getting the visa that are in accordance with agreements made between the two countries.
The visas are being promoted as part of an effort to encourage and boost cultural exchanges as well as to maintain relations, especially among the youths of the two countries. (ars/kes)