There are unlimited places available annually under this scheme to young citizens of the United Kingdom for a stay of up to 23 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.
* Applicants under this scheme can select either a 12-month or 23-month stay in New Zealand. Please check that you have selected the correct length of stay on your online application form before submitting it.
If you applied for and received a 12-month working holiday work visa and you wish to stay longer, you may apply for the balance of the 23-month period. You will have to apply in New Zealand by submitting a manual application at an Immigration New Zealand office before your visa expires. See steps to apply. You must be in New Zealand to apply for this extension and you must meet all of the requirements above, except the one that says you must not have been approved a visa under a working holiday scheme before. If you are aged 30 when you lodge your first WHS application, you should consider applying for the full 23-month stay at that point, as you will not meet the age requirement if you apply for the balance at a later date.
** 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.
Depending on the length of stay you choose, you may be required to complete health certificates. Costs of completing a medical form should therefore be factored in.
If you applied for and received a 12-month working holiday work visa and you wish to stay longer, you may apply for the balance of the 23-month period. If you choose to do this, you will still need to meet health requirements.
Online applicants will be advised by the online system whether you need to send us health certificates. The requirement to complete a General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) and/or a Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) is automatically calculated on the basis of the length of stay you select under this working holiday scheme and where you apply from, along with your responses to our health questions. To determine whether you will need to complete medical requirements, see table below.
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.
It will save you time if you book an appointment for your medical examination and/or chest X-ray with a medical clinic which is on Immigration New Zealand’s approved list of panel doctors and radiologists before you apply. If you make an appointment but do not apply, the onus is on you to cancel the appointment.
Check our questions and answers for more information on the health requirements.
You will need to meet our character requirements for temporary entry to New Zealand.
Note: If we 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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