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UK and New Zealand Expand Working Holiday Visas

More younger individuals will be permitted to reside and work in both the UK and New Zealand for a longer period of time.

The Youth Mobility and Working Holiday programs will be extended, as agreed upon by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his New Zealand colleague Jacinda Ardern.

The maximum period of stay in the host nation will now be three years, and the application age restriction will increase from 30 to 35.

To permit young people to work and visit in Australia, a similar agreement is followed.

18 to 30 year olds were formerly eligible for the UK-New Zealand program.

The decision, according to Home Secretary Priti Patel, “will provide even more young Britons and New Zealanders with the chance to improve their talents, forge lifelong friendships, and contribute to their host nation.”

Working holiday visa reform has long been a priority for New Zealand, according to Ms. Ardern, who is in London to meet with Mr. Johnson.

Prior to joining politics, the leader of the New Zealand Labour Party resided in London while serving as a senior policy consultant in Whitehall.

I enjoyed working and living in the UK, and I was one of many Kiwis who did. We hope to provide British people the same excellent experience in New Zealand, she continued.

Following Thursday’s conclusion of the NATO meeting in Madrid, the prime ministers convened at Downing Street.

The free trade agreement reached last year and the reaction to the crisis in Ukraine, according to Ms. Ardern, will be topics of conversation.

Mr. Johnson commended New Zealand for its “quite firm line,” and Ms. Ardern added: “We have also supplied our military help via our cooperation with you.”

The Home Office indicated that further details regarding the Youth Mobility and Working Holiday program will be released the following year.

Bob Carlson
Bob Carlson
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