Australia Working Holiday Visa Extended to 35 Year Olds

 

Take a year out for an adventure of a lifetime in the Land Down Under. If you are aged 18 to 35 then this adventure is yours to take with the Australian Working Holiday Visa. Work & Travel throughout Australia and experience everything it throws at you. What if 1 year isn’t enough? No problem, talk to us about extending for a second year!

This week has brought some of the best news we’ve heard in a while! Are you aged between 30 and 35?! Have you always wanted to make the move to Aussie land? I bet you thought you had missed your chance! Well, luckily for you, you haven’t! The age limit for participating in the Australian Working Holiday Programme has been increased from 30 to 35 years*. This announcement came from the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Patrick O’Donovan, earlier this week and will be taken into effect as of November 1st, 2018.

Mr O’Donovan announced this wonderful news during an official visit to Australia. While discussing the agreement, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney outlined the objective of the programme was to promote “cultural exchange and strengthen people-to-people links” by establishing opportunities for young people to travel. Mr Coveney also went on to say, “This extension of the eligible age not only allows a more diverse group of people to avail of this scheme, but also helps to strengthen those links between our two countries even further.”

When the programme began back in 1975, it’s predicted that more than 275,000 Irish people have spent up to two years in Australia under this arrangement. In 2017 alone, approximately 8,653 visas were issued to Irish citizens under this programme.

In the last year, however, the rates of Irish people moving to Australia have decreased. Since April 2017, just 5,300 people moved from Ireland to Australia, according to the Central Statistics Office, just over one third of the total in 2012, when numbers peaked at 17,400.

The Working Holiday Visa for Australia is initially valid for 12 months upon entry to Australia, however, there is an option to extend for a 2nd year. Please talk to your USIT booking partner for more info.

To celebrate this fantastic news we would like to offer any person over the age of 31 three free nights hostel accommodation upon arrival.

Book by December 7th, 2018

Travel by June 30th, 2019

Subject to hostel availability

Applicable arrival destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Cairns and Hobart.

Must book the All In or Complete Australia Packages to be eligible.

Does this sound like something you’d love to do?! Get in touch now and we will be more than happy to help you along the way!

You can contact us by;

Phone – 01 602 1906

Email – oz@usit.ie

Or you can drop into our offices – 19-21 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 VX22

*Please note there may be more restrictive age limits for other passport holders. Contact us on oz@usit.ie for more information.