After recently and successfully obtaining federal party endorsement in Canada, CANZUK International has achieved additional success this week following the announcement that Canada and Australia’s reciprocal youth mobility agreements will be expanded to include participants between the ages of 30-35.
The upper age limit for both mobility visas between Canada and Australia has long remained at 30, but due to consultation and campaigning from CANZUK International, the limit has now been increased to 35 – a move that will delight thousands of young workers wishing to obtain working rights in either country.
The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and the Honourable Peter Dutton, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs, announced the expansion as part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Canada and Australia concerning Youth Mobility – a long standing agreement between the two CANZUK countries.
Through the amended MoU, Canadian and Australian young adults aged 18 to 35 will now be able to work and travel through each country’s youth mobility schemes.
“I am pleased that we have agreed to amend this MoU with Australia and further strengthen the great relationship between our two countries”, said Hussen. “International travel and work allows our youth to immerse themselves in a different culture and develop life skills, all while improving their employability back home. This expanded age range will give more young adults from Canada and Australia the opportunity to broaden their perspective of the world and gain professional work experience while traveling.”
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Reflective of our strong people-to-people ties, Australia is a major source of foreign youth-participants in Canada, and Australia is consistently the top destination for Canadian youth through their youth program. Increasing the eligible age from 30 to 35 will provide for more opportunities for experienced professionals from both countries to gain valuable skills in a global work environment.
CANZUK International remains committed to achieving freedom of movement for citizens between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom based on the current protocols outlined in the Trans-Tasman Travel Agreement between Australia and New Zealand. However, until such migration agreements are implemented, we also remain committed to advancing migration opportunities for citizens of CANZUK countries, including those of youth and mobility schemes currently in operation.
CANZUK International will also continue to work with senior Ministers and develop such arrangements for those of all ages, and campaign for Canada and the UK to join the existing free movement agreements between Australia and New Zealand.
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