Each year, 100 places are available under this scheme, allowing young citizens of Vietnam to stay in New Zealand for up to 12 months. There are no places remaining under this scheme for the 2012/2013 quota. Further places will become available in July 2013.
Applications can be made online for this scheme by following the link in the section 'How do I apply?' 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.
Note: An applicant’s proficiency in English is deemed to be at least functional if they produce evidence of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) showing they achieved an average level of 4.5 over the four components of the test. The IELTS certificate must be no more than two years old at the time the application is lodged.
If you are already in New Zealand you also need to 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.
Important note for online applicants: Our working holiday scheme's online system will tell you whether you need to send us a completed medical and/or X-ray certificate, and, if so, how to do it, when you submit your online 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.
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].
To apply online, go to the Online Services 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.
If you want to apply manually, follow the steps to apply for a Working Holiday Scheme work visa.
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