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work visa for a 33 year old man.

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1. Posted by zenmaster1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

can i get a work visa in australia although im 33 years old? im wondering this because of this site:
http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/417/index.htm
age cut off at 31 years? .. what else can i say besides wtf? im wanting to go to australia for a working vacation, im not worried about finding a job, but i want to do it by the laws/rules! what if i want to move there after my visit?..
so many questions, but most sites seem to speak in doublespeak!..

any help is appreciated! thanks!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 9y

Unfortunately you can't get a working holiday visa, as that's specifically targeted toward "young people". (Although the reason why has always escaped me, too. Then again, I'm glad they at least offer this, as for example the USA has no similar visas at all.)

You can get a work visa, but you need to be sponsored by a company, or have highly specific skills, and basically that means it's a lot of hassle.
So, I'd recommend going there for a shorter trip, purely a vacation. And then of course you're free to look around to see if you'd like the country enough to want to stay there, and for a company to sponsor you.

3. Posted by zenmaster1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

thats what i thought. but thanks anyway. i wanted to make sure i wasn't missing anything.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 9y

Note that Bunac has a similar visa for New Zealand that is open up to the age of 35. I don't know why you chose Australia, but having spent a year in both countries, I can say I honestly prefer New Zealand.
And even if you wouldn't have the same preference, you could still take that visa to do the working in New Zealand, hopping over to Australia in between to do exploring there.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 20, 2007, at 3:06 PM by Sander ]

5. Posted by zenmaster1 (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

i chose there due to i have a friend there that could help me out, and they have lived there for their whole life. plus i *thought* i could make a little money. guess not. oh well, i guess i will stick to my orig plans of remote jobs in alaska.
(im a hermit) and always wanted to go to alaska anyway... thanks again!

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