Meeting the criteria

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

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

You must provide proof of your identity:

Acceptable photos

You may provide your original passport, or a certified copy when you submit your application. If you provide a certified copy we may request your original passport to complete your application.

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after you plan to leave New Zealand.

Character

You must be of good character

You may need to provide police certificates as proof of your good character.

If you are aged 17 or older and plan to stay in New Zealand for more than 24 months (including any time you have already spent in New Zealand), you must provide police certificates from:

  • any country you are a citizen of
  • any country you have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.

You do not need to provide police certificates if:

  • you have provided them to us with an earlier visa application, and
  • they were issued in the previous 24 months.

Good character

How to get a police certificate

Acceptance to an approved work exchange scheme

You must be accepted into an approved work exchange scheme

You must provide evidence that you’ve been accepted into an approved work exchange scheme. For example, a letter from the scheme organiser. 

Approved work exchange schemes

Medical and dental insurance

You must have medical and dental insurance for the length of your exchange

You must provide proof you're insured, for example:

  • 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

Onward travel

You must have made arrangements to leave New Zealand

Evidence can include:

  • a travel ticket out of New Zealand
  • a guarantee from your work exchange scheme’s New Zealand guarantor that even if you don’t complete the exchange, you’ll have a travel ticket out of New Zealand at the end of your stay.

 

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