New Zealand: Working Holiday Schemes Reopening

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

Key Points  

  • Applicants from countries in the Working Holiday Scheme with no cap limit will be accepted beginning 14 March 2022 


Beginning 14 March 2022, the government of New Zealand announced that the Working Holiday Schemes (WHS) would reopen. Visa applications for applicants in countries who do not have a cap limit will open 14 March 2022. Capped schemes will be opened over a staggered timeframe, with all schemes being fully opened by 13 Sept. 2022. For a full list of WHS reopening dates, click here. 

What are the Changes? 

The government of New Zealand reopened the Working Holiday Schemes as part of step 2 of the country’s reopening plan. The government will begin by accepting applications from countries that do not have a cap on the number of people who can apply each year.  

Looking Ahead  

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

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This article was published on 15 March 2022 and may not be the most recent update concerning COVID-19 entrance restrictions, testing requirements and quarantine measurers. For the most recent updates be sure to check our Global Mobility Resource Center.

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