New Australia Work and Holiday visas snapped up

The first round of the new Australia Work and Holiday Visas in China has been handed out, with many of the lucky recipients admitting they spent thousands of yuan to agencies to get one, the Global Times learned on Monday.

The first 1,500 visas were released on September 21. A staff member at the Australian Embassy in China told the Global Times on Monday that applications were filled within minutes of being made available.

"I have paid more than 7,000 yuan ($1,100) to an agency to get one," a 26-year-old girl surnamed Chen who successfully got a visa told the Global Times.

"It was very competitive so I thought I would rather pay some money to an agency. They told me tha