It’s finally happened – Australia’s working holiday age increases for UK applicants!
Working Holiday age increases for UK applicants
The Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement was signed nearly 2 years ago in December 2021. This agreement makes it easier for British people to live and work in Australia and vice versa. As part of this agreement, both Governments agreed to increase the eligible age for working holiday makers.
UK passport holders can now apply for a working holiday visa until the age of 35. Previously, UK applicants could only apply until the age of 30. UK passport holders can lodge an application for any Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa until midnight (AEST) on the day before their 36th birthday.
This will be welcomed news for those who want to live and work in Australia!
To see full details of the changes, please refer to the Government website.
Why choose a working holiday visa
A working holiday visa is a desirable option for migrants. This visa lets you experience Australia, with work rights allowing you to fund your travels. Other advantages include:
- Quick processing times
- Straightforward online visa application
- Low visa application fee
- Can be extended to 3 years if specified work is completed
This visa is temporary and has work limitations. Therefore, it’s not designed for those wanting to move permanently to Australia. You cannot include children on this visa, and each applicant must apply individually.
However, it may be a good ‘stepping stone’ visa, as it allows you to experience Australian life and discover employment opportunities at low cost. Some of our clients have found employer sponsorship opportunities after arriving in Australia as a working holidaymaker.
If you’re seriously considering a move to Australia, we recommend booking a visa consultation. Our migration agent Darren will explain your visa options to you, and help you decide the best pathway.