New Zealand confirms reopening dates for capped Working Holiday Schemes

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2023 reopening dates for capped Working Holiday Schemes (WHS) are now confirmed, and how many places are available in each scheme.

The 2023 reopening dates for capped Working Holiday Schemes (WHS) have now been confirmed.

The following table outlines the date each scheme will open and how many places are available in each scheme for 2023.

Once each scheme opens, applications will be open until the quota is filled. Once the quota is filled, the scheme will close until 2024.

Working Holiday Visas

Spain and Vietnam

In 2022 the Prime Minister of New Zealand and the President of Spain agreed changes to increase the Spain WHS cap from 200 to 2,000 and allow the visa holder to work for the full 12-month duration of the visa. Similarly, the New Zealand Government and the Government of Vietnam agreed changes to increase the Vietnam WHS cap from 100 to 200.

Work is under way to have formal agreements in place to allow these changes to be implemented. Further information will be made available on our website once opening dates for the Spain and Vietnam schemes can be confirmed.

Working Holiday Scheme 2023 Opening Date Cap (people per year)
Malaysia 7 February 2023 1,150
Portugal 21 February 2023 50
Mexico 28 February 2023 200
Estonia 9 March 2023 100
Philippines 16 March 2023 100
Hong Kong 28 March 2023 400 
Slovenia 6 April 2023 100 
Hungary 27 April 2023 100 
Slovakia 4 May 2023 100 
Austria 11 May 2023 100
Korea 18 May 2023 3,000
Luxembourg 1 June 2023 50
Poland 8 June 2023 100
Latvia 15 June 2023 100
Czech 22 June 2023 1,200
Israel 4 July 2023 200
Singapore 11 July 2023 300
Taiwan 18 July 2023 600
China 1 August 2023 1,000
Malta 10 August 2023 50
Lithuania 17 August 2023 100
Thailand 24 August 2023 100
Turkey 31 August 2023 100
Argentina 14 September 2023 1,000
Croatia 26 September 2023 100
Peru 3 October 2023 100
Brazil 10 October 2023 300
Chile 19 October 2023 940
Uruguay 2 November 2023 200

Source: © 2023 Immigration New Zealand

New Working Holiday 417 visa arrangements for UK passport holders

The upgrade of the New Zealand and UK Working Holiday/Youth Mobility Scheme will come into effect as of July 2023. Both countries have agreed to extend the age of eligibility, maximum stay, and the length of time individuals can work. This will allow more New Zealand and UK citizens to travel and work in each other’s countries for a longer period of time.

The upgraded Youth Mobility scheme will allow New Zealand citizens aged between 18 to 35 to work and live in the UK for up to three years.

Click here to read about the different visas that New Zealand offers. 

If you are interested in moving to New Zealand, click here to view a comprehensive guide. 

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