The Auckland Central Area Office which processes online applications under the working holiday schemes will be closed over the Christmas and New Year holidays from 25 December 2014 to 04 January 2015. If you are intending to travel to New Zealand for a working holiday during or close to this period, you should apply early to allow Immigration New Zealand sufficient time to process your application.
From 18 April 2014, all applications for working holiday schemes must be made using the online system, except for those who are already in New Zealand and are on a 12-month United Kingdom Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) work visa.
After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email or automated message from us within five working days, either approving your visa or asking for more information.
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Note: Our emails sometimes get mistaken for spam. It is important that you check your spam or junk mail folders so you do not miss important information.
If you are on a United Kingdom WHS work visa and you wish to apply for the balance of the 23-month period allowed, you must apply manually (see the steps to apply).
Refer to the working holiday scheme questions and answers section to check if you have to submit a General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) PDF and/or Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF. After you apply you will receive an automated message telling you when your medicals must be received by Immigration New Zealand within 15 or 20 consecutive days from the date the message is sent, depending on your scheme.
If you have a partner and/or dependent children, they cannot be granted visas based on your WHS visa. They will need to apply in their own right by submitting a separate application.
If you are using an immigration adviser to help you complete your application, they must be licensed, or exempt. For more information, see the Immigration Advisers Authority website.
New Zealand lawyers provide immigration advice and are exempt from licensing under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007. For more information and to view practising immigration lawyers, go to the ‘Find and lawyer or organisation’ link on the New Zealand Law Society website.
Note:You may not be able to use a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet to access some of the links on this website. You will need to use a desktop or laptop computer to access these links.
Select from a scheme below to see whether you qualify and how to apply:
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If you are planning a working holiday, you will need to know about your employment rights in New Zealand.