New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

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The New Zealand working holiday visa will allow you to take up temporary employment during your stay in NZ to help fund your travels. Explore this beautiful island country while working to support your stay. Visa First will process your application according to all the guidelines the NZ government has. This ensures your application will have the best chance of approval.

NZ Working Holiday Visa Requirements

  • Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years of age;
  • You must be a citizen and hold a passport issued by an eligible country;
  • Provide a proof you will leave New Zealand once your visa expires;
  • You are not allowed to take dependents with you;
  • You must be of good health, and good character (no criminal convictions);
  • You must obtain a thorough medical insurance for the length of your stay;
  • You must not have been granted a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa before;
  • You must hold a valid temporary permit if you are applying from within New Zealand;
  • There are some additional specific requirements for nationals of Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, UK & Canada (see eligibility tab).

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The Immigration Advisers Authority was set up to promote and protect the interests of people receiving New Zealand immigration advice. Our registered migration agent has underwent the licensing course and will process your application according to the authority's code of conduct. This is just one of the guarantees the service you will receive is of utmost quality.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the visa cost?

  • Ireland residents: €265
  • UK residents £240
  • USA residents USD 350
  • Canadian residents CAD 395
  • How long will my visa take to process?

    As soon as we receive your application it takes us just 48 hours (two working days) to process your visa. In a small number of cases the New Zealand Immigration Authorities may request further verification of personal details before granting a visa, thus delaying the processing time. In such cases we will notify you of any further requirements for your New Zealand Visa application as soon as we can.
    Visa First advises you to apply for your NZ Working Holiday Visa at least two weeks before you plan to leave to allow for any possible delays.

    What is the visa duration?

    Then length of this New Zealand Visa depends on your nationality.

    For British citizens, you will be able to choose between a 12-month and a 23-month* Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand.

    For citizens of Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey and the USA, your visa will be valid for 12-months.

    For citizens of Austria, Malaysia and Singapore you will receive a visa valid for 6 months.

    * NB: If you are from the UK and would like to apply for a 23-month visa for New Zealand, a chest x-ray and medical examination may be required as part of your visa application. In such cases your application will take about 4 weeks to process from the date that your results are forwarded for assessment. Once we receive your application we will contact you with respect to the above. Should the Immigration Authorities impose additional health requirements, additional processing fees may apply.

    How much money do you need to enter New Zealand?

    A proof of funds may be required upon entering New Zealand. It's not required for your application to be approved. The advisable amount of funds is:
    • British citizens: Minimum of NZ$350 per month of stay in New Zealand.
    • Citizens of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Uruguay and USA: minimum of NZ$4200 available funds for the full period of stay in New Zealand.
    • Citizens of Austria, Malaysia and Singapore: minimum of NZ$2250 available funds for the full period of stay in New Zealand.
    • Citizens of Thailand and Turkey: Minimum of NZ$7000 available funds for the full period of stay in New Zealand.
    • Citizens of Peru need to either have a minimum of NZ$4,200 available funds to meet your living costs while you are here, if you produce evidence that you hold an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) level 5 or over in speaking and in one of the other three skills areas OR have a minimum of NZ$7,000 available funds to meet your living costs while you are here if you do not meet the English language requirement above.

    Which countries are eligible to participate?

    If you are from any of the following countries you can apply for a NZ Working Holiday Visa: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Uruguay, the USA, and Vietnam.

    Can I get a second working holiday visa for New Zealand?

    If you want to extend your visa and you are from the UK or Canada - you can get up to 11-month extension while in New Zealand.

    If you have had a working holiday visa but you haven't used it - you cannot apply to get a second visa.

    Can you apply for a working holiday visa while in New Zealand?

    Yes, you can, however you will need to pass some medical examinations, before the visa can be approved.

    How to apply for a working holiday visa?

    Complete the New Zealand Visa application form, taking time to answer each question in full.

    If you are a resident of Ireland or any other European country print the working holiday application form below:
    Application Form (Pdf Format)

    If you are a resident of Canada print the working holiday application form below:
    Application Form (Pdf Format)

    For UK and all other residents please print the working holiday application form below:
    Application Form (Pdf Format)

    If you are applying for your visa in Ireland, post your application form, including the fee payment of €230 to: Visa First, 14 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, Ireland.

    If you are applying for your NZ visa in the UK, post your application form, including the fee payment of £190 to: Visa First, 3rd Floor, 26 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1DS, United Kingdom.

    You can pay by enclosing a cheque made payable to Visa First Ltd or by completing the credit card section of the application form. Do not send cash.

    Why choose Visa First?

    Visa First is an independent non-government organisation with offices in Ireland, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zealand. Boasting more than 10 years of experience, we are your best chance for a successful visa application. Visa First assist over 15,000 working holiday makers every year to get their New Zealand visa granted.

    • Price - lowest processing fees;
    • Easy Booking - by phone or online.
    • Guarantee - no lodgement until application is 100% complete.
    • Banking - New Zealand Bank Account organized before you go.
    • Travel Insurance - cheapest working holiday travel insurance.
    • Arrival Services - New Zealand airport pickup and accommodation.
    • Travel Discounts - New Zealand tax refund.

    If you didn't find the answers to your questions, view our FAQ section for more. Alternatively, contact us to receive more detailed information as well as submit your application.

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