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NZ expands Working Holiday Scheme with Singapore

Boost for hospitality, tourism sector retail and local economies

New Zealand has relaunched and expanded its Working Holiday Scheme with Singapore with applications welcome from this week.

As part of the scheme, the number of Working Holiday Scheme visas available to Singaporeans has risen from 200 to 300 and the eligibility age extended to 18-30 years of age.

Visa length has also been extended to by six months to 12, and applicants no longer need to be university students, but must have undertaken tertiary study in the previous two years.

Announcing the scheme, NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern said working holidaymakers are also tourists during their stay and tend to visit multiple regions, which will be beneficial for the tourism sector, hospitality, retail and local economies throughout New Zealand.

“The scheme is not only good for New Zealand businesses but also gives working holidaymakers a chance to experience the culture, food and landscape of Aotearoa. These people-to-people links are important in bringing countries closer together,” she said.

“We very much forward to welcoming Singaporean working holidaymakers back to New Zealand.” 

The Scheme was originally part of a Singapore – NZ Enhanced Partnership announced in May 2019 but delayed due to the onset of the pandemic.

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