Note: From 18 April 2014, all applications for working holiday schemes must be made online*. If you submitted a manual application (on a paper application form) before this date, your application will still be processed. You do not have to make a new application online.
* The exception to this is if you are in New Zealand on a 12-month United Kingdom WHS work visa and you wish to apply for the balance of the 23-month period allowed, in which case you must apply manually (see steps to apply).
Applications for working holiday schemes must be made using the online system. After you've applied you can expect to receive an email or automated message from us within five working days, either approving your visa or asking for more information.
Note: You must apply for the working holiday scheme that matches the passport you intend to use to travel to New Zealand (for example, if you hold a Taiwan passport you must apply under the Taiwan Working Holiday Scheme). Applying for a working holiday scheme that does not match your passport will result in the decline of your application and may be viewed as providing false and misleading information. This may have an adverse impact on any future visa applications you submit.
See 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 – usually 15 or 20 days from when the message is sent, depending on your scheme.
Check your spam or junk mail folders, so you do not miss important information, as our emails sometimes get mistaken for spam.
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Note: 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.
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