I am wondering if it is possible for my spouse to get a work holiday visa for NZ or Australia too?

If not what would our alternative options be?

She is from Brazil, I am from Ireland we currently live here. She would need to be here another 3 years before being eligible for an Irish passport, problem is I will be over 30 by then and not eligible for the work holiday visa.

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    EU citizenship and EU rules are irrelevant. Australia does not offer WHV to Brazilian citizens but NZ does. The Australian website suggests that it's possible for your partner to come with you but it's unclear to me if she needs to be from an eligible country as well. But I don't think Irish citizens are eligible in Australia either.
    – Relaxed
    Jul 17, 2014 at 0:16
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    @Relaxed: The site says "Your partner can accompany you to Australia, but they will need to apply for their own visa." which means the partner's visa application would be considered independently, and therefore for a working holiday visa must be from an eligible country. Jul 17, 2014 at 0:21
  • @GregHewgill That's one interpretation and the reason why I wrote that it's unclear but I don't think it's so obvious as you seem to imply. The question is whether some sort of partner visa is available or not. They would obviously need to get a visa of their own (as is almost universally the case) but the criteria could be different.
    – Relaxed
    Jul 17, 2014 at 0:23
  • Irish citizens really are eligible in Australia, I somehow missed it in the list.
    – Relaxed
    Jul 17, 2014 at 0:38

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For New Zealand, Brazilian citizens are eligible for a working holiday visa: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/workingholiday/brazilwhs.htm However, there are limited places available:

The quota opened on 3 September 2013 and was filled within a short time. Further places will become available in September 2014.

Unfortunately, Brazilian citizens are not eligible for a working holiday visa from Australia: https://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/visa-options.htm


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