Young Hongkongers can explore the Netherlands on a one-year visa under the new bilateral Working Holiday Scheme from 2019

Young Hongkongers can explore the Netherlands on a one-year visa under the new bilateral Working Holiday Scheme from 2019

The agreement will allow persons aged 18-30 to work in their host countries for up to 12 weeks

Hong Kong youths will be able to take working holidays in the Netherlands starting 1 January, 2019.

The Hong Kong/Netherlands bilateral Working Holiday Scheme will allow 100 applicants per year aged 18-30 to apply for working holiday visas in the host country for a one-year term. During the period, they may work to finance their stay with terms of employment up to 12 weeks long and take up short-term study courses.

Details of visa application procedures and requirements can be found on the website of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hong Kong

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Since 2001, Hong Kong has established Working Holiday Schemes with New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Canada, Korea, France, the United Kingdom, Austria, Hungary, Sweden and the Netherlands. So far, roughly 88,000 Hong Kong youths have participated in these schemes. Details relating to WHS are available at the dedicated website of the Labour Department. 

In a press release, the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Dr Law Chi-kwong said, “We are delighted to see that the WHS has been well-received by youths, enabling them to broaden their horizons and to gain living and working experience in a foreign culture. I believe that youth exchanges would further reinforce bilateral ties between Hong Kong and the Netherlands.”

The Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hong Kong, Annemieke Ruigrok, said, “I welcome all young people in Hong Kong to grasp this new and unique opportunity to come and experience the Netherlands. And I hope that young Dutch people will do the same in Hong Kong. I hope this will lead to stronger ties between us.”

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