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Written by: Chris Wessels

Are you looking at returning to Australia on a working holiday visa? Key changes have been put in place to simplify the visa process for UK passport holders, returning to Australia.

Change 1: Welcoming a Wider Age Range

As of July 1, 2023, the age limit for UK applicants of the Working Holiday Visa has been raised from 30 to 35. This shift allows individuals up to the age of 35 to apply for the visa. This change provides a bit more flexibility for those who may not have been eligible before, giving them the chance to explore Australia’s diverse landscapes, people, and work opportunities.

Change 2: A Seamless Path Forward

Another change, set to take effect on July 1, 2024, simplifies the process for UK passport holders who have previously held a Working Holiday Visa. Previously, applicants were required to complete a specific amount of regional work to apply for their 2nd or 3rd Working Holiday Visa. This work often involved farming, fruit picking or mining. However, this requirement will be waived, making it easier for travelers to continue their Australian adventure without the need for such work experience.

This change aims to make the process smoother and less complicated, allowing travellers to focus more on enjoying their time in Australia rather than meeting specific work criteria.

Taking the next step

If you’re considering the Working Holiday Visa and want to explore Australia’s opportunities, it’s a good idea to understand these changes fully. Contact the Migration lawyers at Greenhalgh Pickard to ensure you meet all the eligibility criteria and assist with which visa pathway might be best suited for your specific circumstances.

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Article was written on 30th August 2023. The above information provided in this article is not meant to be used as Legal or Immigration Advice.  Please check the Department of Home Affairs website for any information relating to Immigration as various conditions and visa requirements as they are updated by the Department of Home Affairs. –https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/. Remember each case is different and the above is only a very brief summary of some of the elements one has to consider prior to applying. There is a lot more details to consider in Australian Migration Law and Regulations. Please consider speaking to an Immigration Lawyer or Immigration Agent for assistance with your specific set of circumstances and any Immigration questions you might have, as they can assess your chances of the possibility of getting your visa and guide you through the process.

Greenhalgh Pickard’s Migration Law Team