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  • Kate Batkin

Changes to the UK Working Holiday Visa scheme

Kia ora,

From 1 July 2023, updates to the New Zealand Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) will allow UK citizens to travel and work in New Zealand for longer.

In July 2022, the UK and New Zealand Prime Ministers first announced the planned updates to the WHS, and the Youth Mobility Scheme for New Zealand travellers to the UK.

The updates are a positive development for the Kiwis and Brits wanting to work and explore the other side of the world, as well as for the businesses who hire them.

Key changes for UK travelers

From 1 July 2023;

  • The WHV will be open to UK travellers aged 18-35 years.

  • UK WHV holders can stay in New Zealand for up to three years.

  • UK WHV holders can work the full duration of their visa and,

  • an annual cap of 15,000 UK Working Holiday Visas will apply.

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