18 September 2006

New Zealand extends Seasonal Worker Permit programme

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New Zealand have announced they are extending applications for the Seasonal Work Permit until the end of September 2007.

The pilot scheme, introduced in December 2005, allows visitors to the country to extend their stay to take up paid work in the horticulture and viticulture industries and relieve critical labour shortages.

Under the extended SWP policy:

As with the current policy, permits will only be granted for work in regions where the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has declared an absolute labour shortage. Presently the MSD has declared shortages in:

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