23 October 2012

Philippines to join New Zealand Working Holiday Visa program

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New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and Philippines President Benigno Aquino have signed a formal agreement to allow Filipinos access to the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa program.

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The Philippines will become the latest country to join the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa program.

The New Zealand Working Holiday Visa program allows holders to live and work in the country for up to 12 months, 23 months for UK citizens; until now the program has been limited to 39 countries, including the US, the UK and Ireland.

At a joint press conference between the two leaders, Mr Key said 100 visas would be initially made available to Filipino citizens aged between the ages of 18 and 30 and represented an important step in relations between the two Pacific nations.

The agreement will also see 100 visas made available for New Zealand citizens to live and work in the Philippines under similar conditions.

"We look forward to working even more closely in the future," said Mr Key, a sentiment which was echoed by President Aquino.

"We are on the same side on so many different issues."

The Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two leaders also included a formal defence co-operation arrangement, which was described by the Mr Key as a formalisation of the status quo, as well as a commitment to work together on geothermal energy agreements.

President Aquino said the agreement would bring the people of both countries closer together and enhance cultural understandings and similarities.

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