Each year, 1000 places are available under this scheme allowing young citizens of China to stay in New Zealand for up to 12 months.
The quota opened on 8 July 2014 and is now full. Further places will become available in July 2015.
Applications under this scheme must be made using the online application system. Manual or paper-based applications which are received by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will be returned to the applicant.
If your application is accepted in the online system, you will be advised by email and asked to send in further documentation to the appropriate receiving office within a specified timeframe.
However, before you think about applying, please read the following important information.
Note: An applicant’s proficiency in English is deemed to be at least functional if they can provide a certificate from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), showing they achieved an average level of 5.5 over the four components of the test. The IELTS certificate must be no more than two years old when you submit your application. This is the only way to prove English proficiency.
You will need to meet our health requirements for temporary entry to New Zealand.
Note: 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.
If you are applying from outside New Zealand you will be required to provide a Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF within 30 consecutive 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 panel physicians 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, you must cancel the appointment.
Once you have successfully submitted your application, please do as follows:
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. Inland Revenue's Travelling to New Zealand webpage [external link].
Applications under this working holiday scheme must be made online.
To apply online, go to the Login page, where you can register for online services; if you have already registered you can log in and access the Working Holiday Scheme online application system. Check our questions and answers for more information on the online application system.
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