Gov't nears Hungary work holiday plan: MOFA
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan is close to signing a reciprocal working holiday agreement with Hungary, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.
October 25, 2013, 12:27 am TWN
Taiwan has been in negotiations with Hungary over the agreement for a period of time and bilateral discussions on the program has reached the final stage, MOFA's Department of European Affairs Director-General Zhang Ming-zong (張銘忠) told reporters yesterday.
“We hope the agreement can be signed by the end of this year. And if everything goes well, the deal will take effect starting next year,” Zhang said.
According to Zhang, under the program, both Taiwan and Hungary would each offer an annual quota of 100 working holiday visas for young people aged 18 to 35 for a period of up to one year.
But more details on the program will be announced later after the deal is officially sealed, he said.
Once realized, Hungary will become the fifth European country with which Taiwan has signed a similar pact. The other four countries are Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Belgium.
The program's goal is to broaden Taiwanese youths' international horizons through learning foreign languages and gaining an in-depth understanding of foreign cultures, societies and lifestyles, Zhang said.
He added that Taiwan is still in talks with other European countries, including France, in the hopes of singing similar agreements to benefit Taiwanese youth.
Taiwan has also signed working holiday agreements with New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Canada, and South Korea.
Working Holiday Reminder
Zhang yesterday also reminded Taiwanese holders of working holiday visas that these visas are only valid for work in the country of issue.
"For instance, if you hold a working holiday visa issued by Belgium, you can only work in Belgium and not in other European countries,” he said.
So far the ministry has not received reports from European countries that any Taiwanese nationals were found to have violated the regulation, he said.
But the ministry still wants to issue a reminder, since Taiwanese passport holders, who do not require a visa for short stays in the Schegen area, can travel around most European countries with ease, he said.
If a person is found to have violated the regulation in question, he or she could be deported back to Taiwan for engaging in activities that do not comply with the applicant's visa application, Zhang said.