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Millions of Brits will soon get the right to live and work in New Zealand

The countries’ reciprocal working visa scheme is set to be expanded in 2024

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham

Brits, fancy swapping these shores for somewhere a heck of a lot more beautiful and a bit more politically, erm, normal? Well, you’re in luck. The UK and New Zealand governments have announced they’ll be expanding the countries’ reciprocal working visa scheme.

From 2024, any Brit up to the age of 36 will be able to live and work – at any skill level – in NZ for up to three years. The scheme works the other way round, too, with Kiwis getting the same opportunity to live and work in the UK.

The countries’ current visa scheme applies solely to Brits and Kiwis up to the age of 30 and only lasts for 23 months. The current yearly visa quota is 15,000 for Britons going to NZ and 13,000 for New Zealanders coming to the UK. It’s unclear what the new quota will be, but more details are expected to be announced in 2023.

In other words, there’ll soon be a huge increase in the number of UK citizens eligible for hassle-free living in one of the world’s most naturally spectacular countries. As for New Zealanders coming to the UK? Well, we guess it’s pretty nice here sometimes, too.

If you’re interested in making the move, you can read the UK government’s full statement on the visa schemes here.

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