There are unlimited places available annually under this scheme to young citizens of the Republic of Ireland for a stay of 12 months.
Applications for this scheme must be made online by following the link in the 'How do I apply?' section below. You will need a valid Visa or MasterCard credit card. This is the only way to pay for your online application.
However, before you apply, please read the following important information.
If you are already in New Zealand, you must hold a valid temporary visa.
* 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.
Our Working Holiday Schemes online system will tell you whether you need to send us a completed Medical and/or Chest X-ray Certificate. 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.
You will receive full instructions on how to submit the certificate(s) in an automated email shortly after submitting your application. Depending on your scheme, the certificate must be received by Immigration New Zealand within 15 or 20 consecutive days from the date your application is submitted. The email will also advise you of this so it is important that you read it thoroughly.
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.
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.
To apply, 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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