New Zealand working holiday visa applications soar

Published:  3 Jul at 6 PM
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A statistical survey by Immigration New Zealand has shown that the number of UK applicants for its working holiday visa has soared by 13 per cent.

During the first five months of 2013, a 13 per cent increase over last year in the number of young people applying for the 23-month visa has resulted in over 4,400 people receiving the coveted working holiday entry permission. The visa allows travelling, working and living in New Zealand, giving an opportunity to test the waters and even find a permanent job and sponsor.

A further increase in applications is expected during the busy summer season, with August and September traditionally receiving an even higher number of requests. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30 years and can work in any number of jobs for a period of no longer than 12 months.

The rest of the time can be spent travelling around the country, and a good number of working holiday visa holders have been offered permanent jobs and decided to begin the immigration process once their temporary visas have expired. Even if a return to the UK is intended, the opportunity to live and work overseas during a gap year gives a valuable addition to a graduate CV.
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