Each year, 1000 places are available under this scheme allowing young citizens of the Argentine Republic to stay in New Zealand for up to 12 months.
The 2012/13 quota opened on 3 October 2012, and is now full.
The quota will open in September 2013.
As with many of our working holiday schemes, the interest from potential applicants is expected to be much greater than the number of places available. This can result in the quota being filled within a very short time of it opening, and may mean that many people miss out.
Important note: If you applied for a working holiday scheme visa on 3 October 2012 please read the following information as it may apply to you.
It is the responsibility of each applicant to make sure that they are able to successfully pay for the working holiday application fee. To do this, we recommend that before the opening date, you consult with your bank and, if necessary, apply for appropriate authorisation. The New Zealand Embassy in Buenos Aires is not authorised in any circumstance and without exception to receive payments related to the working holiday scheme.
If you are relying on your credit card to show that you meet Immigration New Zealand’s funds requirements, we recommend that you contact your bank to seek confirmation that your credit limit is sufficient and that you will be able to access this credit and use your credit card during your stay in New Zealand.
Applications under this scheme must be made online. Manual or paper-based applications which are received by the New Zealand Embassy in Buenos Aires or by any INZ office will be returned to the applicant.
*You are required to hold sufficient funds for the duration of your visit and for the purchase of an outward ticket from New Zealand. Such evidence may be requested on arrival at the border.
You will need to meet our health requirements for temporary entry to New Zealand.
The online system will tell you whether you need to send us a completed Medical and/or Chest X-ray Certificate, and, if so, how to do it, when you submit your application. This is based on the maximum length of stay that you are allowed under your country's working holiday scheme (not your intended stay), along with your responses to our health requirements questions.
A Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) is required: If you are applying from outside New Zealand you will be required to provide a Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF [280KB] within 15 days of your application being submitted. You will receive full instructions in an automated e-mail shortly after submitting your application.
It will save you time if you book an appointment for your chest X-ray with a radiologist on our approved list of medical doctors and radiologists before you apply. Please note that making an appointment for a chest X-ray will not guarantee you a place. If you are not able to successfully lodge an application, the onus is on you to cancel the appointment.
Once you have successfully submitted your application, please do as follows:
If you have already provided this certificate with a previous application or are applying in New Zealand, and if a General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) PDF [474KB] and/or Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF [280KB] is required, you will receive full instructions in an automated e-mail shortly after submitting your application.
You will need to meet our character requirements for temporary entry to New Zealand.
Note: If we do have concerns about your character and require additional information, such as a police certificate, the processing of your application may be delayed.
Please note: New Zealand law prohibits any person on a temporary visa including a Working Holiday Scheme work visa, from providing commercial sexual services, or operating or investing in a business which provides such services.
Like all New Zealand workers, you will need an IRD number so that your employer can deduct tax from your earnings at the correct rate. In New Zealand, you pay tax on a pay as you earn (PAYE) basis. This means that there should not be a large refund or an amount to pay when you leave. For more information see Inland Revenue's Travelling to New Zealand webpage [external link].
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