Working Holiday Visa: New Zealand

Working Holiday Visa: New Zealand

Working Holiday Visa: New Zealand

One mention of New Zealand and it’s difficult not to immediately picture a sweeping landscape with lush greenery, expansive mountain ranges, extensive cave systems and likely, the Lord of the Rings. Among the most popular working holiday visas in the world, this visa is offered to a whopping 40+ countries, making it one of the easiest visas to acquire. If you have your sights set out on exploring the “adventure capital of the world”, middle earth welcomes you with open arms.

Who can get a working holiday visa in New Zealand?

Citizens of Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China. Croatia. Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Singapore (6 month work exchange program), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay and Vietnam can benefit from this working holiday program.

Working Holiday Visa Requirements:

– Age requirement is 18-35 for Argentinian, Canadians, Chileans, Czech, Finnish, Slovakian and Uruguayan citizens. (18-30 for all other eligible countries)

– Must be a citizen and provide proof of identity in the form of your Passport details

– Enter New Zealand within a year of visa approval

– You must be of good character

– You must genuinely intend to adhere to the conditions of the visa

– Must have return trip booked or enough to fund your return home

– You must have full medical insurance for the length of your stay (If apply for 23 month visa, you must provide a General Medical Certificate and Chest X-Ray) Full information here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/documents/forms-and-guides/inz1121.pdf

– Must have not benefited from previous working holiday visas before


Application Processing time

For more information about processing time and fees for your respective country, click here.

The NZ working holiday visa can take up to 20 days to process, but is usually a very quick and seamless process with an approval email being sent out shortly after the commencement of application, barring any documents missing. The application cost as of 2020 is $280 NZD and payment will be taken during the application process.

Require Documents for Application

– Your passport

– 2nd piece of government issued ID (drivers license, citizens card etc.)

– General Medical Certificate and Chest X-Ray if apply for 23 month visa

– Bank statement with a minimum of $4200 NZD. Allow an extra $1000 NZD if you choose not to purchase a return flight

Online Application

Get your documents ready. To start your online application, click here 

If you need a step by step walk through of the visa application, click here

Arriving in New Zealand

Once you arrive to New Zealand, I suggest you apply for your IRD number as soon as you can through Inland Revenue and open up a bank account. Receiving your IRD number usually takes 1-3 weeks so expect to live without a NZ bank account for the time being. This is necessary in order to pay tax on what you earn while you work. Getting this done as soon as you can will alleviate any headaches and get you paid as soon as possible in the event you find a job immediately. After receiving your IRD, I would also suggest you get yourself a Kiwi Access Card (formerly knows as the Hanz card). Bars, clubs, tabacs etc. are legally only allowed to accept New Zealand issued government forms of ID. Passports are accepted, but carrying around your passport on a drunken night out is not ideal. If you wish to obtain this form of identification, information on how to sign up is here. Opening up a bank account may not be as easy as walking in, but it’s a relatively painless process once you have your appointment booked. If you don’t already have a flat, ask the manager of your hotel/hostel or your friend if you can use their mailing address. If you need more information on the process of getting a bank account and which bank to pick, click here for more information.  New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places to live. Whether you choose to put down roots in one place or move around exploring as much of what New Zealand has to offer, there’s no going wrong in the “adventure capital of the world”, so go out there and explore!

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