Pacific Alliance completes “working holiday” deal


Latin America’s Pacific Alliance trade bloc agreed on Thursday to allow citizens to live and work in any of the four member countries for a year.

The Working Holiday Program’ was signed by the foreign ministers of Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru during a presidential summit on Mexico’s western coast.

The program, due to come into effect next August, aims to allow people aged between 18 and 30 to visit and at the same time get paid for activities that will help cover their stay,’ the Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement.

Each country can issue up to 300 of these year-long visas per year, based on application requirements that have not yet been announced, dailytimes reported.

Currently, citizens of the Pacific Alliance do not require a visa to travel to any of the member countries of the trading bloc for stays of 90 days or less, but they do require a visa to work.

*The Pacific Alliance*

The Pacific Alliance seeks to build an integration area to move towards the free movement of goods, services, capital and people and consolidate a common economic platform to the world, especially to Asia.

It currently represents 35 percent of Latin America’s gross domestic product and a combined consumer market of 212 million people.Agreement would let citizens live and work in the four member nations for up to a year.