New Zealand; from the pictures themselves, I want to be transported to this gorgeous country. With a New Zealand working holiday visa you can be! This is a country full of picturesque ranges that hikers will absolutely love and surrounded by the pacific that will awe beach bums. Do you know you while having a holiday here; you can work too for extra travel funds?
New Zealand has working holiday visa agreements with many countries, allowing you to work and explore their country. Working holiday visas are available to young people, aged 18 to 30 (35 in some) in a select few countries. They let you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 or 23 months. Check here to find out if you can apply!
Who can apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa?
Countries and Age Requirement
Come to New Zealand within 12 months of the date your visa is granted
Leave New Zealand before the visa expires
Must have a travel ticket out of New Zealand
Enough money to pay for a ticket out of New Zealand
If you apply for a 23-month visa, you must provide a General Medical Certificate.
What are Processing Time and Fees?
It is usually NZ$245. However, some fees are waived in selected countries. Processing times and costs vary from country to country. Check here.
Steps by Step Guide on Applying for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa
Step 1: Apply Online
Go to this website and choose the “working holiday scheme”
Under new user, click Create an account
Fill-up required information
After clicking the page, it will show an e-mail; so follow the link
Log-in using your username and password
On “Working Holiday Schemes” – click here to apply
Select your country and click “apply now” if it is available
Please fill up your information (on the occupational details under the personal tab, you may skip it)
Answer all Working Holiday Specific questions and click “submit”
Pay fees for your application
Step 2: Visa Issuance
You will receive an e-mail with regards to your application; nothing will be pasted on your passport
Print it and use it when passing through Immigration and Passport Control on your arrival
Step 3: Arrival in New Zealand
Complete arrival card in arriving in New Zealand
Bring your travel tickets, evidence of funds, insurance; the government may ask to see proof upon your arrival
More information with your New Zealand Working Holiday Visa
Things you can do with your New Zealand Working Holiday Visa
You can come and go from New Zealand as many times as you like before your visa expires
Work within the visa validity
You can do some study or training, as long as it’s not for more than 6 months of your stay
Things you cannot do with your New Zealand Working Holiday Visa
Work for more than 3 months for any one employer
Work for more than 12 months in total
Get a permanent job
Get an illegal job
Provide commercial sexual services
Run or invest in a business that provides commercial sexual services
Bring children with you on a working holiday
Where to find jobs in New Zealand?
You can Google jobs in New Zealand or Working Holiday Visa Jobs. You can also check this website, and use the same account you used in the application for a job search. You can do some research before your visa application or maybe apply so that when you arrive, you can work as soon as possible.
If you don’t have much experience, don’t worry as there are a lot of basic jobs out there that you can learn from. However, if you have one, you can use your knowledge and skills to your advantage.
You can check out job vacancies in the national or local newspapers.
Applying in person is quite a tedious process; handing out CVs to stores or offices that you don’t know if they are hiring or not. However, sometimes, you get to choose the stores and identify their locations plus they can interview you on the spot if you’re lucky.
Additional Tips in New Zealand
Everyone who has a job in New Zealand pays tax on what they earn. You’ll need a New Zealand bank account and IRD number to pay tax. You can apply for an IRD number online through Inland Revenue
Try changing places every 3 to explore all of New Zealand
Budget your money properly
Make new friends
Explore and enjoy
Doing this during your gap year or if you want to travel and feel another country’s culture is a great experience. I bet you’ll do tons of hikes and meet a lot of new friends. New Zealand’s Working Holiday visa is open to many countries; lucky are you if you are included. I hope you find this post helpful if you want to know more about New Zealand Working Holiday Visa.
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