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.
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
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