21 Mar 2010

NZ visa campaign attracts thousands from Singapore

1:47 pm on 21 March 2010

Thousands of Singaporeans are answering calls to work and study in New Zealand, following an internet-based campaign launched there in January.

In just six weeks, the Immigration New Zealand pilot project has attracted about 6,400 registrations of interest, using social networking site Facebook and internet search engine Google to market the working holiday and student visas to young people.

The government website tells would-be migrants of a laidback lifestyle and better working hours.

It also includes a list of skills shortages in New Zealand, although Immigration New Zealand says the visa is not aimed at professionals.

An unlimited number of students can be accepted, but the working visa is capped at 300.