Each year, 100 places are available under this scheme allowing young citizens of Latvia to stay in New Zealand for up to 12 months. The scheme runs from March each year.
Applications can be made online for this scheme by following the link 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 think about applying, please read the following important information.
*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.
If you are already in New Zealand you also need to hold a valid temporary visa.
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 using the online application system from outside New Zealand you will be required to provide a Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF 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 and/or a Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF is required, you will receive full instructions in an automated e-mail shortly after submitting your application.
If you are applying manually using a paper-based application form you will be required to provide a General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) and/or a Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) with 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].
Applications under this Working Holiday Scheme can be made online.
Take me to Working Holiday Schemes online. This link will take you to our Online Services login page. On this page you can register for online services or 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.
If you want to apply manually, follow the steps to apply for a Working Holiday Scheme work visa.
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