About this visa USA Working Holiday Visa

This visa helps young people from the United States of America (USA) come to New Zealand. You can apply for this visa if you’re a citizen of the USA and you have at least NZ $4,200 to live on during your stay. While you’re here, you can study and work while you enjoy your holiday.

Overview

12 months

18-30 years

Places are unlimited


All Visa Conditions

With this visa you can

  • Work in New Zealand for up to 12 months.
  • Study or train for up to 6 months in total.

Things to note

  • You can only apply for a Working Holiday Visa online.
  • You can’t accept a permanent job.
  • You can’t bring children with you on a working holiday. If you have a partner who wants to come to New Zealand, they’ll need to apply for their own visa.

The application process

Stage 1

1 You apply online

You must apply online and in English. Before you can apply, you have to register for online services.

You’ll need to pay an application fee and immigration levy online using a valid Visa or MasterCard.

Have a look at our Office and fees finder to find out how much you’ll need to pay.

 

2 We may ask for evidence to support your application

If you need to provide any evidence, we’ll send you an email explaining what you need to do.

If you’re concerned about receiving emails, it’s a good idea to check your junk mail settings.

 

3 We make a decision about your application

We’ll process your application as soon as we can.

If your visa application is approved, we will contact you by email advising that the status of your application has changed. You can then log in to Online Services to check the status of your application. If approved, you will be granted an eVisa.

Most applications are processed within 25 days, but it can take longer in some situations.

If there’s anything else you need to do, we’ll be in touch.

Please check that you meet the detailed criteria before you apply for a visa or travel to New Zealand

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Working Holiday Visas