Establish a work exchange scheme

To set up a Work Exchange Scheme, you must provide a proposal to Immigration New Zealand. Your proposal will need to include all of the information detailed below.

What you need to do

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Organisers and scheme guarantors

Your proposal must include information about the organisers and scheme guarantors

Your proposal must include the names of:

  • the organiser
  • the New Zealand guarantor
  • the overseas guarantor.

 

Your proposal must also include a written guarantee from the New Zealand guarantor agreeing to accept all of the following obligations:

  • help to choose the New Zealanders who will take part in the scheme
  • report the number of people who take part in the scheme over the next 24 months to Immigration New Zealand
  • agree to be the point of contact for any communication between the scheme organisers, the people taking part in the scheme, and Immigration New Zealand
  • arrange suitable accommodation for people taking part in the scheme before they arrive in New Zealand
  • make sure people taking part in the scheme have the means to cover living costs, like food, health and clothing
  • arrange jobs for people taking part in the scheme before they arrive in New Zealand.

Exchange schemes must have a New Zealand and overseas guarantor. Guarantors:

  • are responsible for the welfare of the people who take part in the scheme
  • can be a person or organisation
  • if the scheme’s been organised in New Zealand, are usually the organisers.

Participating countries

Your proposal must include information about participating countries

You must:

  • list the countries the people taking part in the scheme will come from
  • confirm the participating countries are willing to grant New Zealanders reciprocal permission to take part in the scheme.

Schemes must be reciprocal between New Zealand and other countries and offer equal opportunity for each country to take part.

Eligible participants

Your proposal must include information about eligible participants

You must explain:

  • the criteria a person will need to meet to take part in the scheme, like being in a certain age group, from a particular country, or able to work in a specific occupation
  • whether you will allow people taking part in the scheme to bring their partner and children with them.

Accommodation

Your proposal must include information about accommodation

You must provide information about where people taking part in the scheme will stay while in New Zealand.

If people taking part in the scheme are allowed to bring their partners and children, the accommodation must be suitable for them too.

Employment and maintenance

Your proposal must include information about employment and maintenance

You must explain how the people taking part in the scheme will support themselves while in New Zealand, including:

  • the employment you’ll be offering, including a sample employment agreement
  • how you intend to pay the people who will be taking part in the scheme for their work
  • whether the people taking part in the scheme will need to cover any part of their own, and their partner’s and children’s living costs.

Employment agreements must comply with New Zealand immigration and employment law.

Medical insurance

Your proposal must include information about medical insurance

People who take part in work exchange schemes must have medical and dental insurance while they’re in New Zealand. If they choose to bring their partner or children with them, they’ll need medical and dental insurance too.

Your proposal must include detailed information about the medical and dental insurance they’ll be covered by.

Length of the exchange

Your proposal must include information about the length of the exchange

You must explain how much time people will be able to spend on your exchange.

If the time can vary, you must explain the minimum and maximum times that you will offer.

People accepted into approved work exchange schemes can stay in New Zealand for up to 12 months.

Expected annual numbers

Your proposal must include information about expected annual numbers

You must tell us how many places you’d like your exchange scheme to have.

New Zealanders and people from other countries should take part in equal numbers.

Travel arrangements

Your proposal must include information about travel arrangements

You must explain how people taking part in the scheme will travel to and from New Zealand. If they choose to bring their partner or children with them, you’ll need to explain their travel to arrangements too.

If participants won’t have return travel tickets when they apply for their visas, we’ll need a written guarantee from the New Zealand guarantor that they’ll have travel tickets at the end of their stay.

Guarantees must cover any partners and children, and applies even if participants don’t complete the exchange.

Selection of participants

Your proposal must include information about selection of participants

You must explain how you will choose who takes part in the scheme.

If there’s an application form for your scheme, include a copy with your proposal.

Other information

Your proposal may include other information

If you wish, you can include extra information about your exchange scheme.