You may remember a couple of months ago, the Australian Government ruffled more than a few feathers when announcing some changes to its immigration visas. One of these changes was a proposal, ratified to increase the age limit of viable applicants of the Working Holiday Visa from 30 to 35 from 1st July 2017.
I know what you’re thinking – “I haven’t heard anything, can I now apply as a 31-35 year old?”
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Not yet at least. The government’s proposal caused a fair amount of consternation with some political quarters arguing at the possible adverse effect this would have on Australians employment opportunities.
The 1st of July arrived and the initial decision has been repealed in a statement appearing only on the Australian immigration website.
The situation for 31-35 year olds wishing to spend up to two years Down Under is as you were for now.
It’s also worth noting that any final decision made by the Australian government needs to be agreed upon by their Irish counterparts in order to practically allow older participants to be issued a Working Holiday Visa.