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Hong Kong/Korea Working Holiday Scheme quota to increase

     In view of the growing demand for the Hong Kong/Korea Working Holiday Scheme, the annual quota for the scheme will be increased from 200 to 500 with effect from January 1, 2014.

     The Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, today (October 8) welcomed the expansion of the annual quota.

     "We are encouraged by the positive response to the working holiday scheme, which provides an opportunity for our young people to broaden their horizons and enrich their cultural experience through living and temporarily working overseas," he said.

     The bilateral arrangement on the working holiday scheme with Korea was signed in November 2010 and commenced implementation in January 2011.

     Apart from the scheme with Korea, Hong Kong has established seven other bilateral working holiday schemes with New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Canada and France.

     Under the schemes, successful applicants will be permitted to stay in the participating places for up to 12 months for holidaying and taking up short-term employment during their visits.

     So far, more than 34 000 Hong Kong and overseas youngsters have participated in the above eight schemes and experienced vibrant ways of life.

     Hong Kong applicants can find the details on visa application via the website of the Consulate General of Korea at Korean applicants may contact the Hong Kong Immigration Department by phone on 2824 6111 or download the necessary information from the department's website at

Ends/Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:00


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