What is a Canada Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand?

The Canada Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand allows Canadian citizens to travel to New Zealand for an extended holiday while being able to work temporarily. This visa is part of a reciprocal agreement between New Zealand and Canada, enabling young individuals from each country to experience living and working in the other.

Age Range

Applicants must be between 18 to 35 years old.

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

Starts from NZD $420

Duration

Applicants can choose to 12 or 23-month visa. A General Medical Certificate is required for visas longer than 12 months.

Quota

Unlimited

Benefits of the Canada Working Holiday Visa

  • Duration: Allows travel and work in New Zealand for up to 23 months.
  • Short-term Work: Work in New Zealand for up to 23 months.
  • 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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Conditions for the Visa

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

Travel

Must enter New Zealand within 12 months of visa grant date. Multiple entries and exits are allowed before the visa expires.

Entry Permission

You must apply for entry permission upon arrival in New Zealand. New Zealand Customs and Biosecurity check entry requirements.

Children and Partners

You cannot bring children on a working holiday. If you have a partner who wishes to join you in New Zealand, they must apply for their visa to enter the country.

Onward Travel

Must have either a travel ticket out of New Zealand or enough funds to cover the ticket cost.

Funds

You must have at least NZ $4200 for your stay. Evidence can include bank statements, credit card statements, bank drafts, or traveler’s cheques.

Work

Can work in any legal employment without obtaining a permanent job.

Visa Expiry

Must leave New Zealand before the visa expires. No children are allowed on the working holiday visa.

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FAQs

How long can I stay in New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa?

Typically, the visa allows for a stay of up to 23 months, with options for longer durations for citizens of certain countries.

Can I work while on the Working Holiday Visa?

Yes, visa holders are permitted to work in New Zealand during their stay, allowing them to fund their travels and gain work experience.

What are the age requirements for the Working Holiday Visa?

Applicants must usually be between 18 and 35 years old, depending on the specific requirements at the time of application.

How do I apply for the Working Holiday Visa?

The process involves completing an online application form, providing required documents, and paying the relevant visa fee.

Is there a fee for the Working Holiday Visa application?

Yes, applicants must pay a visa fee, which can be paid online during the application process.

Can I travel outside New Zealand while on the Working Holiday Visa?

Yes, the visa usually allows for multiple entries, enabling holders to leave and re-enter New Zealand as needed.

Are there any restrictions on the type of work I can do?

While visa holders are generally free to engage in various types of employment, some restrictions may apply depending on the specific conditions of the visa.

Do I need health insurance for the Working Holiday Visa?

Yes, applicants may be required to provide evidence of adequate health insurance coverage for their stay in New Zealand.

Can I apply for an extension of the Working Holiday Visa?

Extensions may be available under specific circumstances, allowing for a longer stay in New Zealand, particularly for individuals who entered under the Canada Working Holiday Scheme before a certain date.

Can I apply for a Working Holiday Visa if I'm not a citizen of Canada?

No, the Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand is specifically for citizens of the Canada. However, New Zealand offers similar visa schemes for citizens of other countries.

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