Working Holiday Australia as a Canadian

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1. Posted by Kevinwhalan (Budding Member 2 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Hi,

I am an Aussie citizen and have been working and living in Canada since 2011. My wife is Canadian and we now have two kids. We are planning a trip home for a year starting August 2022. My kids and I will have citizenship, but my wife needs a visa. She will be 34 and is eligible, based on age and being Canadian for a working holiday visa. However, there is a part about not having dependent children. We aren't sure if this means she's not eligible for the visa, or as we read it, because the kids are Aussie (dual in fact) citizens, they wouldn't count as dependent. Does anyone have any clarification on this? The working holiday has the shortest wait time and most affordable so we would prefer it over another type of visitor visa that would be for the 12 months. Any help is greatly appreciated!

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 3675 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

> or as we read it, because the kids are Aussie (dual in fact) citizens, they wouldn't count as dependent

It's not a matter of how you read it. The citizenship of the children isn't relevant: if it were, the official site would make that exemption clear. The children are in your care, you are both responsible for their day-to-day welfare and they will accompany you to Australia. Thus they are legally your 'dependent children'.

It is made very clear on the official website that being accompanied by dependent children means a person is not eligible for an Australian working holiday visa.

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-417/first-working-holiday-417

I'm afraid your wife will need another type of visitor visa.

3. Posted by Kevinwhalan (Budding Member 2 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the feedback.

4. Posted by expandthewronsk (Budding Member 2 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

This thread is old and I'm not a lawyer but I'm in a similar situation and this made me think.

The wording is: "not be accompanied by dependent children"

Since you and your kids are Australian, presumably you could enter Australia with them. Then one hour later your wife could enter on the WHV. She would not therefore be accompanied by any dependant children.

You could stager it by a day or two to make it less obvious.

[ Edit: Edited on 20 Jan 2022, 13:41 GMT by expandthewronsk ]