Starting 1st November 2018, Australia has increased the upper age limit to 35 years for Working Holiday Visa for Ireland.
Irish citizens up to 35 years of age would now be able to apply for the Australian Working Holiday Visa. This change was made following an agreement to promote cultural exchange between the two nations. The agreement was finalized between the Foreign Affairs Minister of Ireland, Simon Coveney, and David Coleman, Australia’s Immigration Minister.
SBS quoted Coveney as saying that the visa reform intends to strengthen the bond between Ireland and Australia. The Working Holiday Program focuses on promoting cultural exchange. It also helps strengthen people-to-people bonds by allowing young people to travel. The extension of the age limit would allow a more diverse group to avail the Visa.
Patrick O’Donovon, the Minister of State for Ireland, added that the Working Holiday Visa started in 1975. Since then more than 275,000 Irish nationals have spent more than 2 years in Australia under this program. More than 8653 Working Holiday Visa were issued to Irish citizens in 2017 alone. The mutual agreement to increase the age limit of the Visa on a reciprocal basis underscores the success of this program.
The increase in the age limit will provide more opportunities to apply for the GSM Visas. This age group may also gravitate a lot towards the Partner Visas. This visa would also allow a lot of people to gain Australian work experience. This will better their chances of getting sponsorship for Working Visas from local employers.
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