Canadians can now get an Australia Working Holiday Visa up to age 35
It’s official! The Canadian government has announced that the age limit for which Canadians are eligible for the Australia Working Holiday Visa has been increased from 30 to 35. This means if you are a Canadian who is over 18 and not yet 36, you are able to apply for an Australian Working Holiday Visa. This visa gives Canadians the opportunity to go beyond the tourist experience and allows you to obtain work to support your travels around Australia for up to two years! The extended age range means more Canadians will be able to participate in the Australian Working Holiday Program and we couldn’t be more excited!
Why the age increase?
Under the Youth Mobility Agreement between Australia and Canada, many Canadian young adults go to Australia each year (and vice-versa) to gain valuable work experience abroad and travel. In fact, Australia is consistently the top destination for Canadians to go abroad as part of this agreement under International Experience Canada (IEC). Expanding the eligible age from 30 to 35 will allow more Canadians the opportunity to gain professional skills in a global work environment and benefit from the personal growth that comes with travel. Opportunities like this help Canadian youth immerse themselves in a new culture and eventually grow into well-developed citizens who will be active and engaged members of their communities and part of a globally-minded generation.
Has this news got you thinking, “Yes, it’s not too late! I can still go to Australia for the work and travel experience of a lifetime!”?
How can I get started?
Look no further, Stepabroad can help make your Australia travel dreams a reality! Stepabroad helps young Canadians find work opportunities abroad and provides all the support necessary to begin an unforgettable work and travel experience. Our Australia Working Holiday Program will help you land a job, find accommodation, set up your bank account, cell phone, and tax registration. Our team will pick you up at the airport and take you to your accommodation where you’ll receive your first two nights on us to start your journey off right. We also provide assistance applying for your Australia Working Holiday Visa and offer travel advice, tips for flights, resume revisions and more! You will have your own personal trip coordinator who will be there for you every step of the way!
What can I expect?
We know it’s a big decision to pack up your things and travel to the other side of the globe. You might be wondering what it’s like to live and work in a foreign country and how your life will be different than in Canada. Stepabroad’s very own ambassador, Ian Saunders, has shared his Australian working holiday experience working in Brisbane in his blog post, Life on an Australian Working Holiday.
Still unsure about the idea of a working holiday? Here are 3 Reasons You Should Take a Working Holiday.
If you would like to find out more about how you can obtain an Australian Working Holiday Visa, check out our helpful post How Canadians Can Apply For An Australia Working Holiday Visa.
For more information on immigration and the Australian Working Holiday Visa check out the Australian government’s website on Working Holiday Visas.
Check out the official announcement from the Government of Canada.
Stepabroad is a recognized organization by the Canadian Government and provides working holiday and internship experiences to young Canadians in four destinations around the globe. You can find out more about Stepabroad by visiting our About Us page.