The Australian Working Holiday Visa allows immigrants 18 to 30 years old to have an extended holiday and work in the country. It is of two types –
- First Working Holiday Visa Subclass 417
- Second Working Holiday Visa Subclass 417
First Working Holiday Visa lets people apply for the Visa for the first time. The Second Working Visa can be applied by immigrants who already hold the First Visa. Also, they must complete 3 months in the specified job. It is often a great opportunity for young adults to be familiar with the country, the culture and the people. Students use this opportunity to know whether they would opt for this country for Overseas Education.
However, recently the Visa policies have been changed to include an exception. The age limit for Canadian and Irish Immigrants has been increased from 30 to 35 years. As reported by The Irish Times, Patrick O’Donovan, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs has announced the news.
There is a reciprocal agreement in place for Australians as well. They can migrate to Ireland and work there for up to two years. This news was announced during Mr. O’Donovan’s official visit to Australia. He said that the aim of this exception is to strengthen the link between the two countries. Also, they are hoping to promote cultural exchange. Allowing young people to travel is the best way to achieve this goal.
Mr. O’Donovan further added that extension of the age limit will include a diverse group of people into the program. It will, in turn, strengthen the link between the two countries even further. The Working Holiday Visa program had commenced in 1975. Reports show that over 275,000 Irish Immigrants have moved to Australia under this program. Last year more than 8500 Visas were issued to Irish Immigrants.
However, the rate of Immigrants from Ireland to Australia has reduced over the years. This new exception in Australian Working Holiday Visa is believed to improve the situation. Both the countries hope to welcome more Immigrants in the coming year.
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