Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements.

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You must provide proof of your identity

When you apply online, you must provide your passport details. 

Enter your identity details carefully, ensuring information is exactly as recorded on your passport.

Also provide your:

  • Hukou (household registration book)
  • Chinese identity card.

If you are a citizen of China and you submit a paper application form in China, you must also complete a supplementary form.

Supplementary form for Chinese citizens (INZ 1027) PDF 270KB


You must be in good health

You may need to have a chest x-ray and/or a medical examination as proof of your good health.

Working holiday visa medical requirements

If you need to have an x-ray or medical examination after you apply online, we’ll send you an email explaining what to do.

You must provide a chest x-ray completed in the last 3 months, even if you've provided one to us previously, if:

  • you have spent 6 consecutive months in China since the last x-ray certificate was issued, and
  • you are now coming to NZ for more than 6 months.


You must be 18 – 30

We’ll use your passport details to confirm your age.


You must be a citizen of the country this visa is for

After you apply online, we’ll ask you to send us your valid People’s Republic of China passport.

Onward travel

You must have a ticket to leave New Zealand or enough money to buy one

Evidence can include:

  • your travel ticket
  • proof you have enough money to buy a ticket out of New Zealand, in addition to the funds you have to live on.

We may ask to see your evidence when you arrive in New Zealand


You must have enough money to live on while you’re in New Zealand

After you apply online, we may ask for evidence you have at least NZ $4,200 to live on. Evidence may include:

  • bank statements
  • credit card statements
  • bank drafts
  • travellers’ cheques.

Previous approvals

You must not have had approval for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa before

We’ll check our records for any previous New Zealand Working Holiday Visa approvals you may have had.

You can’t apply for this visa, if we’ve already approved an earlier application for you to have a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa. This applies even if you didn’t use that visa.

It’s OK to apply for this visa, if you’ve had approvals for working holidays in countries other than New Zealand.


You must have a senior high school qualification (gao zhong xue li)

After you apply online, we’ll ask you to provide a copy of your qualification, which must have involved at least 3 years’ full-time study.  

Your qualification must be verified by the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Centre.

Ordinarily resident

Your permanent place of residence must be the country named in this Working Holiday visa

After you apply online, we may ask you to provide documents that prove your usual place of permanent residence. Examples include:

  • letters sent to your home address
  • references from your employer.


You must be living in your country of citizenship when you apply

After you apply online, we may ask for documents that prove where you are living now. Examples include:

  • current utility bills
  • recent pay slips.

Medical insurance

You must have full medical insurance for the length of your stay

You must be able to provide proof that you are fully insured, including cover for hospitalisation. Evidence may include:

  • a copy of your insurance certificate
  • an approval letter from your insurance company.

We may ask to see your evidence when you arrive in New Zealand


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