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Working Holiday Schemes to Reopen

Working Holiday Schemes to Reopen

Working Holiday Visa (WHV) applications for all schemes will reopen between 14 March 2022 and 13 Sep 2022. This will help New Zealand reconnect with the world as it will enable employers to have access to more workers and give a small boost to the tourism sector.

The WHV is available for people between 18 to 30 years but 18 to 35 years for a few selected countries. The validity of the visa varies from 12 months to 23 months, depending on the country you are from.

Unfortunately, you cannot accept a permanent job offer while in New Zealand on a WHV.

From 14 March 2022, the working holiday scheme will be reopening for the following countries:

  • Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, Japan

From 13 March 2022, around 19,500 new visas have been granted to WHV visa holders who could not enter NZ due to border restrictions. The selection criteria identified those granted a

  • Working Holiday Visa on or after 20 March 2019 and
  • Were offshore and unable to enter New Zealand and
  • Had subsequently not been granted a new visa under a different category

The first entry date has been extended for those with valid Working Holiday Visas and who are offshore and were unable to enter New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will inform people via email by 14 March 2022.

People with newly granted or extended Working Holiday Visas can enter New Zealand until 13 September 2022. The visa will be valid for 12 months from the first entry.

Visa applications for all schemes will open in stages, with different cap limits for the remaining schemes. All schemes will reopen by 13 September 2022.

For more information about the working holiday scheme opening dates & cap limits, please click here.

Get in touch with Immigration Advisors New Zealand Ltd, which provides up-to-date immigration information so you can consider opportunities and prepare yourself for the future. To know all the required procedures, contact us at [email protected] or call on +64 09 3790219.

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