PH, New Zealand to launch new visa scheme

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Monday, February 3, 2014

MANILA -- Filipinos and New Zealanders can now apply for the Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) that will allow them to stay for one year in New Zealand and Philippines for leisure, holiday or temporary work.

In its website, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced the new scheme, which will take effect starting February 5, 2014.

WHS participants, ages 18 to 30 years old, 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, provided that they will leave their country at the end of the temporary 12-month entry visa.

A quota of 100 WHS visas per year will be issued to successful applicants.

The DFA said the new program is aimed at generating closer "people-to-people understanding and goodwill through tourism, cultural and educational exchanges."

The new scheme is also expected to boost employment among young Filipinos and New Zealanders.

Interested applicants from the Philippines may contact the Embassy of New Zealand in Makati, while those from New Zealand can contact the Embassy of the Philippines in Wellington. (Sunnex)

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