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Key Points

  • The government of New Zealand increased the cap limit for applicants for Working Holiday visas
  • The government of New Zealand extended the validity of visas due to expire in the coming months

Overview

The government of New Zealand announced changes to the Working Holiday visas on August 21, 2022. Under these changes, visas under this scheme that will expire between August 26, 2022, and May 31, 2023, will be extended by an additional six-month period.

In addition, the government will allow applicants who previously held a Working Holiday visa but could not travel to New Zealand due to the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for a new visa. New visas will be issued beginning in October 2022. Holders of a new visa will be permitted to enter the country until January 31, 2023.

Finally, the government will increase the Working Holiday scheme cap, allowing up to 12,000 applicants to obtain a Working Holiday visa over the next 12 months. The cap will be raised gradually by opening the first four largest cap schemes with the highest demand. This includes increasing the cap for applicants from Malaysia, Chile, Argentina, and Taiwan.

What are the Changes?

On August 21, 2022, the government of New Zealand introduced new measures for applicants under a Working Holiday visa. These changes include extending the validity period of some visas by an additional six months and increasing the number of applicants permitted to apply for a Working Holiday visa.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of New Zealand’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: New Zealand Immigration

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