New Zealand and Vietnam establish a Working Holiday Agreement

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New Zealand and Vietnam have recently established a Working Holiday Agreement. The Working Holiday scheme will allow young people from each country to spend up to 12 months working and travelling in the other country. Both the New Zealand Embassy in Hanoi and the Vietnamese Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs announced that the new agreement had come into force on 31 July this year.

This is the first Working Holiday Visa program for Vietnam, New Zealand, on the other hand, has already around thirty such schemes established with various countries.

The main objective of the new Working Holiday Scheme is to enhance the cultural exchange between Vietnam and New Zealand by enabling young people from both countries to stay as visitors with the possibility of working in order to finance their travel.

According to the Vietnamese Minister of Labour, the program will stimulate the mutual understanding between New Zealand and Vietnam by providing the working holidaymakers with the opportunity to experience the culture, the lifestyle and the language of the host country.

The agreement that was signed during December 2011 sets an annual limit of 100 people from both countries that will be granted visas. In order to receive a Working Holiday Visa all of the prospective applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • They must be between 18 and 30 years old.
  • They must possess a degree from an Institution of Higher education for applicants from Vietnam and National Certificate of Education Achievement Level 2 or higher for applicants from New Zealand.
  • They must show that they have enough funds (at least NZ$4,200 (around US$3,400)) ┬áin order to support themselves during the stay in New Zealand.

The New Zealand ambassador in Hanoi Heather Riddell has encouraged all successful applicants to search for temporary workplaces but has reminded them that the main purpose of the new program is to provide young people with the possibility to enjoy their holiday rather than to work.

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