Work Travel Visa Known As:

New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

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For many a work travel visa under the New Zealand working holiday visa scheme is the solution to inspire a different angle on travelling New Zealand.

Work and travel New Zealand at the same time lets you:

  • extend your travel time and activity range
  • Experience the NZ culture and the NZ way of life
  • Meet new friends
  • Acquire a new perspective on life
  • Gain new valuable skills to add to your CV

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How to qualify for a work travel visa?

Conditions vary from 50 persons to unlimited persons and for a limited time from 6 months for Singapore to 23 months for United Kingdom. For some countries the program starts with a certain month.

Generally, this program is for New Zealand travellers between 18 and 30 years of age. For many countries, it is possible to apply online after confirming availability of the program. Travellers of some countries in the program may even apply to the program from within New Zealand where they stay on a valid temporary visa. Others require an application prior to their arrival in New Zealand.

In common are the remaining work travel visa requirements:

  • Hold a valid passport that exceeds your planned stay by three months
  • Satisfaction of requests in character and health
  • It is a once in a lifetime visa
  • Travellers with dependent children are excluded of this program
  • Proof of return ticket, onward travel ticket into a country you are eligible to enter or funds to purchase a ticket
  • Additional travel money of approximately NZ $4200 in form of cash, traveller cheques or similar is essential, and might be verified by entering NZ (depending on country and whether a language course is required)
  • Your main intention lies on travelling New Zealand rather than working
  • Evident is a sufficient travel insurance

The following countries take part in this work travel visa scheme:

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Singapore (work exchange programme), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay.

What does a working holiday visa cover?

  • Travel and work for 6-12 months in New Zealand depending on country of origin
  • Citizens of the United Kingdom can extend their visa to 23 months
  • Multiple entries into the country within the validity of visa
  • For most participants there is a limit of working 3 months for the same employer
  • Course enrolment or study for the duration of three months

On the New Zealand Immigration website you will find out whether your country shares a working holiday agreement with New Zealand. The New Zealand immigration site provides more details.

Complement your work travel visa:

Arriving in New Zealand a good place to looke for short term accommodation Hostel and budget accommodation Auckland. Once you decided on staying and working in Auckland you might find appartment hotels a more favourable solution for your extended stay.

If you feel overwhelmed with arranging your working holiday in New Zealand on your own, there are plenty of agencies that offer assistance in gaining your visa, ird number and even arranging a NZ bank account. They  offer their services in conjunction with flight, pick up and first nights accommodation arrangements in addition to CV and job search advice and further tour and activity specials.

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