Working holiday schemes

From 14 March 2022, working holiday visas will reopen for applications on a rolling basis.

Applications for working holiday visas will open at 10am (NZDT) on 14 March 2022 to the following countries: 

Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, Japan. 

Note

There is no limit on the number of working holiday visas granted to people from these countries, so applications can be made at any time. 

When you can apply for a working holiday visa

Anyone holding a current working holiday visa can travel to New Zealand from 14 March 2022. 

New working holiday visas for people whose visa has expired 

If you were unable to use your working holiday visa because of New Zealand border restrictions, a new visa may be granted. 

You may be granted a new working holiday visa if you:

  • were granted a working holiday visa on or after 20 March 2019 that has since expired; and
  • are outside New Zealand and have been unable to enter; and
  • have not been granted a new visa under a different category

You will have six months to enter New Zealand from 14 March 2022, and your visa will be valid for 12 months from your date of first entry to New Zealand. You must enter New Zealand before 13 September 2022.

You will be advised by email that you have been granted a new working holiday visa.

Extensions for people who still hold a valid visa 

If you hold a current working holiday visa and are outside New Zealand, you may have your first entry date extended.

The date you can first enter New Zealand on your working holiday visa may be extended if you:

  • were granted a working holiday visa on or after 20 March 2019; and
  • are outside New Zealand and have been unable to enter; and
  • have not been granted a new visa under a different category

You will have six months to enter New Zealand from 14 March 2022, and your visa will be valid for 12 months from your date of first entry to New Zealand 

You will be advised by email that your travel conditions have been extended.