What is a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa?

The New Zealand Working Holiday Visa is a type of visa program offered by the New Zealand government that allows young people from eligible countries to live, work, and travel in New Zealand for a specified time.

Visa holders are typically allowed to take up short-term employment during their stay, although there may be restrictions on the types of work they can undertake.

Age Range

The visa is primarily aimed at individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 (or 35 for some countries), although the specific age requirements may vary depending on the applicant’s nationality.

Length of Stay

Allows travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months (up to 23 months for Canadians and up to 36 months for UK citizens).

Benefits of the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

  • Short term Work: Participants can engage in short-term employment during their stay, subject to restrictions on the types of work.
  • Studying and Training Courses: Holders can study one or more courses for up to 6 months in New Zealand.

Note: The cost and availability of New Zealand visas can change because of decisions made by the New Zealand Immigration authorities.

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Countries with Working Holiday Agreements

The availability of working holiday visas depends on agreements between New Zealand and specific countries.
Each country’s working holiday visa criteria may differ regarding age limits, duration of stay, financial requirements, and specific working criteria.

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United Kingdom Working Holiday Visa

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USA Working Holiday Visa

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Argentina Working Holiday Visa

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Austria Working Holiday Visa

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Belgium Working Holiday Visa

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Brazil Working Holiday Visa

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Canada Working Holiday Visa

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Chile Working Holiday Visa

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Croatia Working Holiday Visa

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Czech Working Holiday Visa

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Denmark Working Holiday Visa

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Estonia Working Holiday Visa

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Finland Working Holiday Visa

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France Working Holiday Visa

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Germany Working Holiday Visa

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Hungary Working Holiday Visa

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Hong Kong Working Holiday Visa

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Ireland Working Holiday Visa

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Israel Working Holiday Visa

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Italy Working Holiday Visa

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Japan Working Holiday Visa

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Korea Working Holiday Visa

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Latvia Working Holiday Visa

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Lithuania Working Holiday Visa

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Luxembourg Working Holiday Visa

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Malaysia Working Holiday Visa

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Malta Working Holiday Visa

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Mexico Working Holiday Visa

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Netherlands Working Holiday Visa

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Norway Working Holiday Visa

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Peru Working Holiday Visa

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Phillippines Working Holiday Visa

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Poland Working Holiday Visa

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Portugal Working Holiday Visa

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Singapore Working Holiday Visa

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Slovakia Working Holiday Visa

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Slovenia Working Holiday Visa

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Spain Working Holiday Visa

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Sweden Working Holiday Visa

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Taiwan Working Holiday Visa

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Thailand Working Holiday Visa

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Turkey Working Holiday Visa

Other countries without working holiday agreements:

  • Individuals from countries without working holiday agreements with New Zealand may explore other visa options that allow them to work in the country.
  • Options may include skilled migrant visas, work visas sponsored by employers, or study visas with work rights.

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What You Need to Know About Application

Vital information you should be aware of if interested in applying to a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa.

  • All applications must be submitted online when the visa is ‘open’ for applications.
  • Some schemes require applicants to be in their home country when applying.
  • Depending on circumstances, applicants may need to provide a medical certificate or undergo medical examinations.
  • Once granted, the visa must be activated by arriving in New Zealand within the specified timeframe.

What is the Application Process?

If you’re planning to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, here’s what you should know to make the process smooth.

Step 1: Check Application Window & Apply

Applicants need to ensure that the visa category is currently ‘open’ for applications. All applications must be submitted online through the official immigration website of New Zealand.

Step 2: Documents

Complete the online application form and provide all required documents and information.

Step 3: Complete Payment

Pay the applicable visa fee as specified by the immigration authorities.

Step 4: Processing and Waiting

Await processing of the visa application, which may vary in duration depending on individual circumstances and visa availability.

How Canadian and UK Citizens May Extend their Working Holiday Visas

If you’re planning to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, here’s what you should know to make the process smooth.

Extension Options

  • Canadian citizens currently in New Zealand on a 12-month working holiday visa may be eligible to extend their visa for up to another 11 months with a Working Holiday Scheme Subsequent Work Visa.
  • UK citizens currently in New Zealand on a 12-month or longer working holiday visa may extend their visa to cover the balance of the 36-month maximum duration with a Working Holiday Scheme Subsequent Work Visa.

Application Process

  • Step 1: Eligible individuals need to submit an application for the extension visa using the designated application form (INZ 1223).
  • Step 2: Provide all required documents and information as per the immigration guidelines.
  • Step 3: Pay the applicable visa fee for the extension application.
  • Step 4: Await processing of the extension application by the immigration authorities.

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FAQs

How do I apply for a Working Holiday Visa?

You can apply for a Working Holiday Visa online through the Immigration New Zealand website. If you're already in New Zealand, you can also apply, but you'll need a New Zealand postal address.

Can I apply for a Working Holiday Visa if I’m already in New Zealand?

Yes, you can apply from within New Zealand, but you'll need a New Zealand postal address. Processing time for in-country applications is typically around four weeks.

How long does it take to get the visa?

Processing usually takes up to 20 working days from the time you successfully submit your application online. You'll receive an email either approving your visa or asking for more information.

Do I need to have a job to receive a Working Holiday Visa?

No, a job offer is not required to obtain the visa. You can find a job once you arrive in New Zealand. However, you must have enough funds to support your stay.

How much will I get paid in my job?

The minimum wage in New Zealand is currently $23.15 per hour as of April 1, 2024. Rates may vary depending on the job and employer.

Can I have more than one job in New Zealand on the Working Holiday Visa?

You can have multiple jobs to supplement your income while in New Zealand. However, different tax rates may apply to income from secondary jobs.

What do I need to give my employer to prove I can work in New Zealand?

You can show your employer a printout of your electronic work visa, or they can verify your entitlement to work using Immigration New Zealand’s online Visa Verification Service.

What if my country isn’t a member of the Working Holiday Scheme, or if I exceed the age limit?

Based on your skills, you may be eligible for another type of visa. Check the Immigration New Zealand website for alternative options.

How much money do I need to bring?

Immigration New Zealand generally requires a minimum of NZ$350 a month or NZ$4200 for 12 months to meet living costs requirements. Actual costs may vary based on your circumstances.

Do I need insurance?

Depending on your country’s requirements, you may need medical and comprehensive hospitalization insurance for the length of your stay. Check the Immigration New Zealand website for specific requirements.

What happens if I leave New Zealand for a while and then come back?

The Working Holiday Visa is a multiple-entry visa. You're free to leave and return as many times as you like, and any time spent outside of New Zealand will not extend the total validity of your visa.

How many times can I get a Working Holiday Visa?

The Working Holiday Visa only applies once during your lifetime. If you want to stay longer, you can explore other visa options available for temporary workers, students, or residents.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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