18 September 2006
New Zealand extends Seasonal Worker Permit programme
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:
- Holders of current SWPs may be granted a new SWP extending their total time working in New Zealand on a SWP for a period not exceeding 9 months in any 12 month period.
- Applicants who do not currently hold a SWP may be granted a SWP for a period not exceeding 6 months in any 12 month period.
- Applicants from countries whose citizens do not require a visa to enter New Zealand must be on a valid temporary permit when they apply for a SWP.
- Applicants from countries whose citizens require visas to enter New Zealand must have been lawfully in New Zealand on 15 September 2006, and continued to be lawfully in New Zealand up until the date of application for a SWP.
- No SWP will be granted for a period beyond 30 September 2007.
- Central Otago
- Western Bay of Plenty.