Changes to be made to Working Holiday visas between Australia and the United Kingdom
What does the new free trade deal mean for Gap Years?
Today we’ve heard the great news that the new free trade agreement has been announced in-principle between Australia and the UK.
This is very positive for Gap Year and Working Holiday participants. Both for Australians travelling to the UK, and British nationals looking to come to Australia for Boarding Assistant opportunities.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, “it is expected to include a substantial revamp of visa requirements to make it easier for professionals and young travellers to live and work in Britain and vice-versa.”
Exact details are still being confirmed. However, we do know two major changes that have been announced;
- Working visas will run for three years (currently two years)
- The age limit will increase from 30 to 35 years
Despite the current situation, Australians have been granted travel exemptions to travel to the UK for Gap Year and Working Holiday programmes. The standard application for this is via the Youth Mobility Scheme visa (T5) which usually takes a few weeks to process. It allows Australians aged 18-30 years to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months.
Australians are in the UK with Letz Live on our Gap Year programme. Many have departed Australia since January 2021, spending the recent half-term break travelling the UK.