Philippines, New Zealand to Launch Working Holiday Scheme
03 February 2014 - Another significant milestone in Philippines-New Zealand bilateral
relations has been reached with the launch of the Working Holiday Scheme (WHS).
Effective 05 February 2014, Filipinos and New Zealanders, ages 18 to 30 years, will
be able to apply for the WHS visa allowing them the opportunity to stay for one
year in New Zealand and the Philippines, respectively, for leisure, holiday or temporary
work. WHS participants may enroll in training or study for a maximum period of three
months or work for one year with a limit of three months per employer. They will
have to leave the country at the end of the temporary 12-month entry visa. A quota
of 100 WHS visas per year will be issued to successful Filipino applicants and the
same number to successful New Zealand applicants.
The arrangement on the WHS, the first of its kind for the Philippines and one of
34 arrangements with other countries for New Zealand, was signed between Secretary
of Foreign Affairs Albert F. Del Rosario and Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray
McCully and witnessed by President Benigno S. Aquino III and Prime Minister John
Key in Wellington on 23 October 2012.
The implementation of the WHS is expected to generate closer people-to-people understanding
and goodwill through tourism, cultural and educational exchanges and short-term
employment and allow young participants from the Philippines and New Zealand to
experience first-hand the thriving way of life in the communitiesand engage more
closely with the local people in each other’s country.