Australia raises age restriction for working vacation visas to 35 and welcomes 16m Britons to work "down under"

June 30, 2023
[caption id="attachment_507" align="alignleft" width="571"]View of Sydney Harbour from the plane window. View of Sydney Harbour from the plane window.[/caption] As a result of Australia extending the age restriction for working vacation visas, millions of Britons now have the opportunity to work in Australia. In accordance with a long-awaited revision, the work visa will now be available to those between the ages of 18 and 35, an increase of five years from the previous cap of 30. Since the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement (UKFTA) was established in 1975, the visa has undergone only one modification. On July 1, 2024, exactly one year after the working holiday visa was first introduced, more changes are anticipated. At that time, Britons will be allowed to apply to live and work in Australia for up to three years without having to meet any specific employment criteria. Many young people in the UK are likely to consider the offer given that 45% of those aged 25 to 34 regret not taking a gap year when they had the opportunity, according to a recent study. The statistics, which was released by Tourism Australia, the country's tourist authority, also revealed that nearly one in ten respondents thought they were too elderly to start over. According to the statistics, 43% of persons between the ages of 25 and 34 are thinking about working overseas in an effort to advance their careers. The offer could prove tempting as it emerged the UK jobs market had more candidates going for fewer jobs last month - with wages stagnant and redundancies rising. According to a poll of 400 recruitment and employment consultancies, the number of job seekers increased the most in May in the previous two and a half years. Australia, which enjoys 2,800 hours of sunshine annually and has a higher minimum salary than the UK and one of the lowest unemployment rates in nearly 50 years, is a desirable alternative. The five-year extension, according to Sally Cope, regional general manager for Tourism Australia's UK & Northern Europe region, would "present a world of openings to young professionals," along with a "incredible lifestyle," and Australia will be "ready to welcome them." In January, Australia announced a review of its entire visa and immigration system after the COVID pandemic left the nation grappling with a shortage of workers. Prior to the Christmas turkey rush, the UK's immigration regulations were changed in October to permit producers to hire international poultry workers. According to the National Farmers' Union president, the cost of seasonal employees in the EU has increased as a result of Brexit and the restriction on free movement.

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