Why do the under 30s get to have all the fun? Upcoming changes to Australia Working Holiday visa for Brits means this is no longer the case.
Under the historic deal that is the first negotiated by Britain from scratch since leaving the European Union, young people will be able to move more freely between the two countries, allowing more young Brits to experience living in Australia under Working Holiday Visa.
Age Limit increased to 35 years for British citizens
Brits under 35 will be able to travel and work in Australia more freely in new trade deal.
Mr Johnson said the agreement opens ‘fantastic opportunities’ for young people wanting the chance to work and live on the other side of the world.
Boris Johnson has agreed the broad terms of a free trade deal with Australia, the first negotiated from scratch since Brexit.
No more Farm Work
Before the coronavirus pandemic, the experience was shared by thousands of Brits each year who worked on farms to extend their 417 visas, and has brought joy, built lasting friendships, and provided many travellers with memories to last a lifetime.
However, others have found living and doing farm work abroad Down Under to be memorable for the wrong reasons, with some saying they experienced ‘slavery’ and even sexual assault while working in the Outback.
And Downing Street said Britons under the age of 35 will be able to travel and work in Australia more freely – suggesting the farm work requirement on working holiday visas could be scrapped.
Mr Johnson said: “Today marks a new dawn in the UK’s relationship with Australia, underpinned by our shared history and common values.
“Our new free-trade agreement opens fantastic opportunities for British businesses and consumers, as well as young people wanting the chance to work and live on the other side of the world.
“This is global Britain at its best – looking outwards and striking deals that deepen our alliances and help ensure every part of the country builds back better from the pandemic.”
British products like cars, Scotch whisky and biscuits are set to be cheaper to sell in the tariff-free agreement.
Mr Johnson and his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, announced the agreement on Tuesday despite concerns from farmers on both sides over the deal.
3 Year Visa
This new deal will also allow Britons under the age of 35 to extend their work holiday visas for up to 3 years without having to do back-breaking work on Australian farms or building sites.
While this has been agreed ‘in-principle’ the deal will still need both governments to formally tick everything off and confirm.
We’ll update you on the details of the Visa changes as and when we get them. Once the new agreement gets the rubber stamps in both the UK and Australia’s houses of parliament.
In the meantime, you can start by researching the requirements and cost of the Working Holiday Visa here.
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Completely immerse yourself in a new culture, meet lifelong friends as you work and travel Australia. Best of all, you’ll break away from your usual routine back home and have endless adventures. With the freedom to travel as far and wide as you want between jobs, these trips are perfect for those who dream of being more than the average tourist and adventure for longer.