Meeting the criteria

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

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You must provide proof of your identity

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

Your passport must be valid for at least 15 months after you first arrive in New Zealand.

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

Bona fide

You must genuinely intend to meet the conditions of your visa

When we assess if you’re bona fide, we’ll consider all of the information that:

  • you provide to support your application
  • we have about your personal circumstances and any previous applications.

Bona fide


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

You must have a valid passport from your country of citizenship.

We’ll check your passport when you arrive in New Zealand.

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

You must have at least NZ $4,200 for your stay. Evidence can 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.

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.

It’s ok to apply while you’re temporarily visiting another country. You will be considered ordinarily resident in your country of citizenship if you have been away for less than two years prior to making a visa application.

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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