What is a United Kingdom Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand?

The United Kingdom Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand allows citizens of the United Kingdom 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 the United Kingdom, 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 apply for a 12, 23, or 36-month visa. A General Medical Certificate is required for visas longer than 23 months.

Quota

Annual quota of 15,000 visas.

Benefits of the United Kingdom Working Holiday Visa

  • Duration: Allows travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months.
  • Short-term Work: Work in New Zealand for up to 36 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 United Kingdom, here’s what you should know to make the process smooth.

Travel Rules

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

Entry Permission Needed

Must apply for entry permission upon arrival in New Zealand. Entry requirements are checked by New Zealand Customs and Biosecurity.

No Children or Partners

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

Proof of Onward Travel

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

Proof of Funds

Must have at least NZD $350 for each month of stay. Evidence can include bank statements, credit card statements, bank drafts, or traveler’s cheques.

Work Options

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

Honouring Visa Expiry

Must leave New Zealand before the visa expires.

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FAQs

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

Typically, the visa allows for a stay of up to 12 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 application 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 are required to pay a visa fee, which can be paid online during the application process.

Can I travel outside New Zealand during my stay 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, there may be some restrictions 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 the duration of 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 United Kingdom Working Holiday Scheme before a certain date.

Can I apply for the Working Holiday Visa if I'm not a citizen of the United Kingdom?

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

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