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Taiwan, Ireland to implement working holiday program for youth

2012/11/06 15:48:58

Taipei, Nov. 6 (CNA) Taiwan and Ireland will launch a reciprocal working holiday program for youth starting January 2013, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

The program will allow young adults between 18 and 30 years of age from each country to travel, work and participate in short-term training programs, said Hsu Mien-sheng, director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of European Affairs.

"Ireland is stepping up efforts to complete an online system" to process applications from young Taiwanese, Hsu said at a news briefing.

The working holiday program between Taiwan and Ireland will take effect Jan. 1 next year, allowing an annual quota of 400 visas for young adults from each country for stays of up to one year, he said.

More details will be announced once both sides have fully completed preparations for the program, Hsu said.

Ireland is the eighth country to sign a working holiday agreement with Taiwan. The others are Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

Taiwan will be the seventh country to participate in Ireland's working holiday program, after Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea, according to the foreign ministry.

Meanwhile, Hsu said, a similar agreement between Taiwan and France is in progress.

"Only some technical issues" remain to be resolved before both sides conclude the deal, but no date has been set for finalization of the agreement, he said.

The overseas working holiday programs have been well-received by young Taiwanese, with some 65,800 applications submitted to date, according to the foreign ministry.

(By Elaine Hou)