New Zealand - Working Holiday - Working Holiday Visa NZ
This Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand gives young people aged between 18 and 30 the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and work during their stay. They must be single or married without children.
The scheme allows individuals the right to work in New Zealand on a casual basis as a way to supplement their travel. This means that the work carried out must be incidental and meet the conditions stipulated on the visa. They are permitted to be employed for 12 months only.
Most participants in the scheme are allowed to remain in New Zealand for a period of up to 12 months, although this is extended to 23 months if you hold a British Passport. From 26 November 2007 onwards, working holiday-makers who are able to show they have worked in the horticulture or viticulture industries for at least 3 months could be eligible to obtain an extra 3 month stay in New Zealand. Click here for more information on this Working Holiday Extension.
The New Zealand Working Holiday visa is available to passport holders of a pre-set list of countries. The scheme is available to participants from the following countries:
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
In some cases, a certain number of places are available each year depending on which country the individual is from.
To qualify for this scheme, you must:
- Be a citizen of a country that has a Working Holiday Scheme agreement with New Zealand
- Hold a valid passport for the country you normally reside in as a permanent resident or citizen
- Meet basic requirements for Health, Character, and Age
- Have sufficient funds to support you during your time in New Zealand
- Have onward travel booked or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
- Not bring children with you
- Have not applied for and being granted a working holiday visa before.