YOUNGSTERS may now work in Britain under a bilateral working holiday scheme starting on 1 January 2014.
Secretary for Labour and Welfare (勞工及福利局局長) Matthew Cheung Kin-chung (張建宗) made the announcement at Central Government Offices last Thursday.
It followed a meeting with the British Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau (澳門), Caroline Wilson. Wilson said, “Britain is pleased to welcome Hong Kong young people to our youth mobility programme. It strengthens long-standing social ties between Britain and Hong Kong, and should promote greater cultural, economic and business links.”
Hong Kong youngsters may apply for a visa under the Youth Mobility Scheme, which will allow them to stay in Britain for up to two years. They will be able to take up employment in order to finance their stay, study self-financed courses or participate in volunteer services. There is an annual quota of 1,000 for SAR passport holders.
Young Brits may apply for the Working Holiday Scheme (工作假期計劃) visa, which will allow them to stay here for up to 12 months.
Hong Kong already has such arrangements with New Zealand (紐西蘭), Australia (澳洲), Ireland (愛爾蘭), Germany (德國), Japan (日本), Canada (加拿大), South Korea (南韓) and France (法國).