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Working Holiday Scheme extended

Updated: Feb 20, 2023

  • Doubling of Working Holiday Scheme cap for 2022/23 will see an extra 12,000 working holiday makers able to enter New Zealand

  • Onshore working holiday makers visas expiring between 26 August 2022 and 31 May 2023 will be extended for 6 months to keep workers that are already in country, and those offshore given more time to travel.

  • Additional workers able to enter country for sectors affected by international labour shortages

  • Aged care, construction and infrastructure, meat processing, seafood, seasonal snow and adventure tourism sector agreements put in place

Summary of Working Holiday Scheme changes:

  • Extend visas for onshore working holiday makers that are expiring between 26 August 2022 and 31 May 2023 by six months from date of expiry.

  • Additional opportunity for those who previously held a working holiday visa but didn’t travel due to Covid-19 to come to New Zealand for the summer. New visas will be issued to people from October 2022 allowing them to enter New Zealand by 31 January 2023. This visa will allow them to be in New Zealand for 12 months.

The government have also doubled the capped Working Holiday Schemes, with a one-off increase, to recognise the spots that were unused last year due to the border closures. This will give the ability for an up to an extra 12,000 working holiday makers to be able to enter and work in New Zealand over the next 12 months. ”
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