New Zealand Working Holiday
New Zealand currently has arrangements with 30 countries allowing young people to obtain working holiday visas to travel to New Zealand to holiday and undertake work during their stay. There are annual quota limits on some countries (eg: 1000 places for China) but no limit on the numbers of people who can apply from the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and United States of America.
These visas enable multiple entries and are normally, depending on the country, issued for a period of 12 months from the date of first entry. However the United Kingdom WHV programme allows for a stay of up to 23 months. Most applications for working holiday visas can be organised on-line but hard copy applications are required from a small group of countries.
Generally speaking in order to be approved for a working holiday visa an applicant must be from one of the approved countries and:
- have a passport valid for at least three months past the proposed visa expiry date
- be at least 18 years old and not yet had their 31st birthday at the time of application
- not have any accompanying children
- hold a return travel ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
- have access to funds equivalent to NZ$350 per month (NZ$4,200 per year) to cover living costs for the period of the visa
- be of good health and character
- establish that their main reason for coming to New Zealand is to holiday rather than to work
- should hold medical and hospitalisation insurance that will remain current throughout their stay in New Zealand
While in New Zealand working holiday permit holders can undertake one course of study of up to 3 months and can work in any employment but, subject to the individual country policies, should not be employed on a permanent basis. Applicant’s who wish to change and extend their permit status while in New Zealand should contact PathwaysNZ to discuss their plans well before the expiry date of their working holiday permit.
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This page was last updated on 25 September 2009