Work Exchange Scheme

You can consider applying for Work Exchange Scheme approval if you wish to arrange short-term work opportunities in New Zealand and overseas as part of a reciprocal arrangement. People from overseas who have been accepted into an approved work exchange scheme can work for up to 12 months in New Zealand. If your scheme allows it, they can apply to bring partners and dependent children with them too.


12 months

With this option employers can

  • Employ or arrange the employment of overseas workers for up to 12 months
  • Arrange work opportunities for New Zealanders in other countries.
  • Have the opportunity to improve international goodwill and cultural understanding between participating countries.

Things to note

  • The New Zealand guarantor is responsible for arranging suitable accommodation and a job for the people taking part in the scheme – they have to do this before they arrive in New Zealand.
  • The New Zealand guarantor must make sure the people taking part in the scheme can cover living costs, like food, clothing and healthcare.