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Note  173/97

The Canadian High Commission presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  and Trade and, in the spirit of promoting mutual understanding and closer cooperative relations between Canada and New Zealand, has  the  honour to ask the Ministry to agree to an increase in the number of persons eligible for  employment authorizations under the Canada-New Zealand Working Holiday Scheme from two hundred to four  hundred per annum for each country.

The High Commission furthermore recommends that:

  1. The fee waiver for working holiday applications be revoked. The conditions described in Annexes A and B should apply to New Zealand and Canadian applicants respectively.
  2. Parties may suspend reciprocally the arrangement in whole or in part temporarily for  reasons of public policy.
  3. Any issue that  might arise with regard  to the  interpretation, application or possible suspension of this arrangement be resolved by the  Ministries responsible for  Foreign Affairs of Canada  and New Zealand  by means of consultations through diplomatic channels. Either Party may call for consultations at any time by giving sixty days  notice.
  4. This  arrangement will be reviewed by the Parties one (1) year after the  date  on the  which it takes effect.
  5. Amendments to  this  arrangement may be concluded at any time in written form between the  two Parties.
  6. This  arrangement takes  effect from  January 1, 1998 for  an indefinite  period, subject to  termination by either Party on three (3) months written notice.

The  Canadian High Commission avails  itself of  this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade  the  assurances of  its highest consideration.

Wellington
16 December 1997

ANNEX  A

WORKING  HOLIDAY  SCHEME CONDITIONS FOR NEW  ZEALAND APPLICANTS

An applicant must:

  1. Be  a holder of a valid New Zealand  passport currently  residing in New Zealand;
  2. Be between the ages of eighteen (18) and thirty (30), both inclusive, at the time of  application for a Working Holiday authorization;
  3. Have no criminal conviction;
  4. Have no accompanying dependents;
  5. Satisfy a Canadian visa  officer that their  primary intention is to holiday in Canada  with employment being  an incidental reason for  their  visit;
  6. Possess  a  return air  ticket and have sufficient funds available for maintenance in their  first six  months in Canada;
  7. Undergo a medical examination by a physician recognized by the Canadian Government, to obtain his/her authorization to  visit Canada  should he/she wish to undertake work which brings him/her into close contact with people, namely;
    1. Workers in the  health services field  (including hospital staff and employees and  clinical laboratory workers;  medical students  and locum physicians, patient attendants in nursing and geriatric homes)
    2. Teachers of primary or secondary schools and other  teachers of small children
    3. Domestics
    4. Nursemaids
    5. Day  Nursery Employees
    6. Camp  Counsellors
  8. Be prepared to pay a visa fee or program participation fee.

Applicants who satisfy the above  requirements will  be issued a Letter of Introduction by the Canadian Immigration Office in Sydney valid for presentation for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of issue. Successful applicants who possess the aforementioned Letter of Introduction will  be issued with an Employment Authorization on arrival in Canada valid for a period of not more  than twelve ( 12) months from the date of entry.

Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme will be required to comply with the laws and  regulations of  Canada. Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme may not undertake permanent employment and should not work for the same employer for more than   three months during their visit. Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme may not  change their  status to that of a student, long-term permit holder or visitor and may not  apply for further work permits under the Scheme.

Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme will not be eligible for any income support or other  benefits from the Government of Canada. Participants in the  Working  Holiday Scheme will be required to be responsible for their medical and hospitalization costs while in Canada, and are expected to take out and maintain comprehensive medical insurance for the entire period of their  visit.

The Government of Canada reserves the right to refuse any  particular application it receives.  It may refuse the entry into its territory of any participants in the  Working Holiday Scheme or remove any person from the country who has obtained entry under  the  Scheme in  accordance with existing immigration legislation and policy.

ANNEX  B

WORKING HOLIDAY  SCHEME CONDITIONS FOR CANADIAN APPLICANTS

An  applicant must:

  1. Be a holder of a valid Canadian passport currently residing in Canada;
  2. Be between the  ages of eighteen ( 18)  and thirty (30), both inclusive, at the time of application for a Working Holiday authorization;
  3. Have no criminal conviction:
  4. Have no accompanying children;
  5. Satisfy a New Zealand visa officer that their primary intention is to holiday in New Zealand with employment being an incidental reason for  their visit;
  6. Possess a return air ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket, and sufficient funds for their maintenance during the period of stay in New Zealand;
  7. Be in  good health;
  8. Pay the prescribed work visa application fee.

Applicants who satisfy the above requirements will be issued,through a visa processing office of the Government of New Zealand, a work visa valid for presentation for a period of  twelve (12)  months from the  date of issue. Successful applicants who possess the  aforementioned work visa  will be issued with a work permit on arrival in New Zealand  valid for a period of not more than twelve (12) months from the  date of entry.

Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme will  be required to comply with the laws and  regulations of  New Zealand. Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme may not  undertake permanent employment and should not work for the same  employer for  more  than three months during their visit. Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme may not  change their status to that of  a student, long-term permit holder or visitor and may not  apply for further work permits under the Scheme.

Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme will not be eligible for any income support or  other  benefits from  the Government of  New Zealand. Participants in the Working  Holiday  Scheme will  be  required to  be responsible for their medical and hospitalization costs while in New Zealand, and are expected to take out and maintain comprehensive medical insurance for  the  entire period of their visit.

The Government of New Zealand reserves the right to refuse any particular application it receives.  It may refuse  the  entry into  its  territory of  any participant in the  Working Holiday Scheme or remove any person from the country who has  obtained entry under  the  Scheme in accordance with existing immigration legislation and policy.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade presents  its compliments to  the Canadian High Commission and has  the honour to refer to the High Commission's Note 173/97 of 16 December 1997, which reads as follows:

"The Canadian High Commission presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  and Trade  and, in the spirit of  promoting mutual understanding and closer cooperative relations between  Canada  and  New Zealand has the  honour to ask the Ministry to  agree  to an  increase  in the number of  persons  eligible for employment authorisations under  the Canada-New Zealand Working Holiday Scheme from two hundred to four hundred per annum for each country.

The High Commission furthermore recommends that:

  • The fee waiver for working holiday applications be revoked.
  • The conditions described in annexes A and B should apply to New Zealand and Canadian applicants respectively.
  • Parties may suspend reciprocally the arrangement in whole or in part temporarily for reasons of public policy.
  • Any  issue that  might  arise with regard to the interpretation, application or possible  suspension of  this arrangement  be  resolved by the Ministries responsible for Foreign Affairs  of Canada and  New Zealand by means of consultations through diplomatic channels.  Either  Party may call for consultations at any time by giving sixty days notice.
  • This arrangement will be reviewed by the Parties one (1) year after the date on which it takes effect
  • Amendments to this arrangement may be concluded  at any time in written form between the two Parties.
  • This arrangement takes effect from January 1, 199K for an indefinite period, subject to termination by either Party on three (3) months written notice.

The Canadian High Commission avails  itself  of  this opportunity to renew  to  the Ministry  of Foreign Affairs and Trade the assurances of its highest consideration."

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has the honour  to confirm and agree to the contents of the above note.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade takes this opportunity to renew to the Canadian High Commission the assurances of its highest consideration.

ANNEX A

WORKING HOLIDAY SCHEME

CONDITIONS FOR NEW ZEALAND APPLICANTS

applicant must:

  1. Be a holder of a valid New Zealand passport currently residing in New Zealand;
  2. Be between the ages of eighteen (18) and thirty (30), both inclusive, at the time of application for a Working Holiday  authorization;
  3. Have no criminal conviction;
  4. Have  no accompanying dependents;
  5. Satisfy a Canadian visa officer that their primary intention is to holiday in Canada with employment being an incidental reason for their visit
  6. Possess a return air ticket and have sufficient funds available for maintenance in their first six months in Canada
  7. Undergo a medical examination by a physician recognized by the Canadian Government,  to obtain  his/her authorization to  visit   Canada should be/she wish to undertake work which brings him/her into  close contact with people, namely;
    1. Workers in the health services  field  (including  hospital  staff   and employees  and   clinical  labor  workers;  medical   students and locum physicians, patient attendants in nursing and geriatric homes)
    2. Teachers of primary or secondary schools and other teachers of small children
    3. Domestics
    4. Nursemaids
    5. Day Nursery Employees
    6. Camp Counselors

Applicants who satisfy the above requirements will be issued a Letter of Introduction by  the Canadian Immigration Office in Sydney valid for presentation for a period of twelve (12)  months  from  the date of issue.  Successful  applicants who possess  the aforementioned Letter  of Introduction will be issued with an Employment Authorisation on arrival in Canada valid  for a period of not more than twelve  (12) months  from  the date of entry.          

Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme  will be required to comply with the laws and  regulations of  Canada. Participants in the Working  Holiday Scheme may not undertake permanent employment and should not work for the same employer for more than three months during their visit. Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme may not change  their status  to that of a student, long term permit holder or visitor and  may not apply for further work permits under the Scheme.

Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme  will not be eligible for any income support or other benefits from the Government of Canada. Participants in the Working  Holiday Scheme will be required to be responsible  for  their  medical  and hospitalization costs while  in Canada, and are  expected to take out and  maintain  comprehensive medical insurance for the entire period of their visit.

The  Government of  Canada  reserves  the  right  to  refuse any particular  application it receives.  It  may refuse the entry  into its territory of any  participant in the Working Holiday Scheme or remove  any person  from the country  who has  obtained  entry under the Scheme in accordance with existing immigration legislation and  policy.

ANNEX B

WORKING HOLIDAY SCHEME CONDITIONS FOR CANADIAN APPLICANTS

An applicant  must:

  1. Be a holder of a valid Canadian passport currently residing in Canada;
  2. Be between the ages of eighteen (18) and thirty (30), both inclusive at the time of application for a Working Holiday  authorisation;
  3. Have no criminal conviction
  4. Have no accompanying children;
  5. Satisfy a New  Zealand  visa officer that their primary  intention is to holiday  in New Zealand  with employment  being an incidental reason for their visit;
  6. Possess  a return  air  ticket,  or sufficient  funds  to  purchase  such  a ticket,  and sufficient funds for their maintenance during the period of stay in New Zealand;
  7. Be in good health;
  8. Pay the prescribed work  visa application fee.

Applicants who satisfy the above requirements will be issued, through visa processing office of  the  Government of New  Zealand a work  visa valid  for  presentation   for  a period  of twelve (12) months from the date of issue.  Successful applicants who possess the   aforementioned  work   visa  will be  issued  with a  work  permit   on  arrival   in New Zealand  valid for a period  of not more than twelve (12) months from the date  of entry.

Participants in the Working  Holiday Scheme will be required to comply  with the laws and regulations of New Zealand. Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme may not undertake permanent employment and should not work for the same employer for more than three  months during  their  visit.  Participants in the Working Holiday Scheme may not change  their  status to that of a student, long-term permit  holder or visitor  and may not apply for further work permits under the Scheme.

Participants in the Working Holiday   Scheme will not be eligible for any income support or other  benefits from the  Government of New  Zealand.  Participants in the  Working Holiday Scheme will be required  to be responsible for their  medical and hospitalisation costs  while  in New Zealand, and are expected to take  out and  maintain Comprehensive medical insurance for the entire period of their visit

The Government of New Zealand reserves the right to refuse any particular application it receives.  It may refuse  the entry  into its territory of any participant in the  Working Holiday Scheme or remove any  person from the country  who has obtained entry  under the Scheme in accordance with existing immigration legislation and policy.

 

(Draft Press Release) December, 1997

CANADA AND NEW ZEALAND EXPAND  WORKING  HOLIDAY PROGRAMME IN 1998

Double the  number of  young  New  Zealanders will  be able  to  take advantage of  the existing  Canada/New Zealand  Working   Holiday  Programme  from   next year,   the Canadian High  Commission and  New  Zealand  Ministry  of Foreign  Affairs and Trade announced  today.

From  January 1, 400 young  Kiwis  between the ages of 18 and  30 will  be eligible  to enjoy  a 12-month holiday in Canada  and also  undertake  temporary  work  in  order  to supplement their  holiday funds.  The same  number  of  young  Canadians  will  have reciprocal rights in New Zealand.

Access to  the programme is limited   to  once  in a person’s lifetime.   New Zealand applicants must hold New  Zealand  citizenship  and be resident  in New  Zealand at the time of application.

Young   Canadians   and New Zealanders have benefited  from  the  Working  Holiday Programme since  1994.  Canadians welcome this extension as an excellent way to round off Canada's Year of Asia Pacific.

New Zealanders wanting more information and an application form should send a fax on or after January 1 to:

Immigration Section
Canadian Consulate General
Sydney, Australia                                            
61-2-9364-3050

A fee of $150 Australian dollars per application will apply.

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