17 March 2014

New working holiday agreement between New Zealand and Croatia launched

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Citizens of Croatia aged between 18 and 30 will soon be eligible to apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa, giving them the opportunity to live and work in NZ for up to a year.

Up to 100 young people from Croatia annually will be able to study or work for a year in NZ on the New Zealand's Working Holiday Visa programme, and the same number of young people from New Zealand will be able to do so in Croatia, according to an agreement on a working holiday scheme the Croatian government has adopted at the suggestion of the government of New Zealand.

The agreement will make it possible for people aged between 18 and 30 who hold Croatian citizenship to work or study for the duration of up to one year in New Zealand, and likewise for NZ nationals aged between 18 and 30 who want to visit Croatia for a year to work and study.

Working holiday visa holders will not be able to obtain a permanent work contract during their stay nor will they be able to work for one employer for more than three months. They will be able to enroll in training or education courses lasting up to six months.

The agreement will be signed on Croatia's behalf by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Australia, Damir Kusen, and the ministries of foreign and European affairs, the interior, and labour and pension system will be in charge of implementing it.

 The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent migration consultancy that specialises in helping people apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa.

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