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New Zealand Working Holiday Visa Handbook

The Working Holiday Visa It is a special permit granted by New Zealand so that interested young people can live in the country for a year, during which time they are allowed to work and study.

In this guide we explain how to get it, what requirements must be met and what documents you need. In addition, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this topic.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Countries and quotas

These are the countries whose citizens can request a Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand:

  • TO: Germany, Argentina, Austria
  • B: Belgium, Brazil
  • C: Canada, Chile, China, South Korea, Croatia
  • D: Denmark
  • AND: Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States, Estonia
  • F: Philippines, Finland, France
  • H: Hong Kong, Hungary
  • I: Ireland, Israel, Italy
  • J: Japan
  • L: Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg
  • M: Malaysia, Malta, Mexico
  • N: Norway
  • P: Netherlands, Peru, Poland
  • R: United Kingdom, Czech Republic
  • S: Singapore, Switzerland
  • T: Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey
  • OR: Uruguay
  • V: Vietnam

In each State, the application process is open during a specific time that varies each year. Similarly, in each of them there are places available. These are the ones offered in Spanish-speaking countries:

  • Argentina: 1,000
  • Chile: 940
  • Spain: 200
  • Mexico: 200
  • Peru: 100
  • Uruguay: 200

Also, although you usually have to be between 18 and 30 years old to qualify for this scholarship, the limit in the following territories is in the 35 years:

  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Finland
  • Hungary
  • Slovakia
  • Czech Republic
  • Uruguay

Requirements and conditions

In order to enjoy this visa, several aspects must be taken into account. First of all, children cannot be taken and each person needs a visa. In addition, it must have 4,200 NZ $ (New Zealand dollars) to cover the expenses of stay, as well as medical insurance.

When working and studying in the country, the following must be taken into account:

    • You cannot work for more than six months for the same employer.
    • The maximum working time is twelve months.
    • You cannot accept permanent employment.
    • You cannot work in sexual services or invest in a company of this type.
    • You must request an IRD number (Inland Revenue Department number) and a New Zealand bank account to pay the appropriate taxes.
    • As for courses, you can study up to six months.
    The main purpose should be to travel and get to know New Zealand. Work is a complementary activity.

    The request of the Working Holiday Visa takes on-line. You will have to have a valid passport up to 15 months after your arrival in New Zealand. Also, as we indicated above, you must be between 18 and 30-35 years old.

    During the application process, questions about your character must be answered and you may be asked for a Police Certificate. In addition, if in the last five years you have been in a country where tuberculosis is not extinct for more than three months, a chest radiograph certificate must be sent.

    If you are already in New Zealand when you apply for this visa, you must have a chest x-ray certificate and a general medical certificate (unless you are from Australia, Malaysia or Singapore).

    When entering the country, you must have booked a return flight or have enough money to buy a ticket. During the period of validity of the visa, you can leave and enter New Zealand in a manner unlimited.

    Steps to follow

    The first step to get this visa is to create a user on the New Zealand Immigration website. You can access this service by clicking in this link.

    Once the process is open in your country, you must fill out the form and Make the payment of the visa through a Visa or MasterCard credit card (it does not need to be in your name). The price of this visa varies depending on your nationality.

    As places are limited, it is recommended to carry out this process on the day it opens, as they are granted in order of request.

    Once the payment is made, if in your case an X-ray test is necessary (it is for Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay), you must send it. Once they examine it, if there is no problem, your request will go from Pending to Approved, so you will have the visa. This process can take several weeks.

    As soon as you Working Holiday Visa It has been granted, you have one year to travel to New Zealand. The moment you enter the country, you have a maximum of twelve months to stay in it.

    User Questions

    What happens if I have an Italian passport and want to apply for the Working Holiday Visa?

    In this case the process is easier, since there is no limited number of places or a certain period to apply for the visa, so you can apply at any time of the year.

    Can I extend the Working Holiday Visa?

    Yes, you can extend it for three more months provided that during the year you have worked at least three months in horticulture or viticulture and plan to do it again.

    Can you work in New Zealand without the Working Holiday Visa?

    Yes, but you will need to apply for another type of visa. You have more information in this article: Requirements and documentation to travel to New Zealand.

    Which Working Holiday Visa is better? The one in Australia or the one in New Zealand?

    It depends on your tastes and priorities. However, you should keep in mind that for the Australian version a certain level of English and academic education is requested. On the other hand, it can be enjoyed up to two different times.

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