Information about Canada Working Holiday Visa

This visa helps young people from Canada come to New Zealand. You can apply for this visa if you’re a citizen of Canada 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

Overview

Length of stay

12-23 months

Age range

18-35 years

Number of visas

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With this visa you can

  • Choose to apply for a 12 or 23 month visa.
  • Work in New Zealand for up to 23 months, depending on the length of the visa you apply for.
  • Study or train for up to 6 months in total.

Things to note

  • You can’t accept a permanent job.
  • If you apply for a 23-month visa, you must provide a General Medical Certificate.
  • If you choose a 12-month visa and decide you want to stay longer, you can apply later for the balance of the 23-month period.
  • 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.
Criteria

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

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

If you later apply for the balance of the 23-month period, you’ll need to provide proof of your identity then too.

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after your visa will expire.

Your passport must be valid for at least 15 or 26 months after you first arrive in New Zealand, depending on the visa duration you apply for.

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

Health

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.

If you apply for a 23 month visa, you must provide medical certificates, unless you have sent them to us with another application and they were issued in the last 36 months.

Age

You must be 18 – 35

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

You won’t need to meet this requirement again if you’re applying for the balance of the 23-month period.

Citizenship

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

Funds

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

If you are making your first application, you must have at least NZ $4,200 for your stay. Evidence can include:

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

If you are applying for the balance of the 23-month period, you do not need to provide evidence of funds unless requested by an immigration officer.

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 evidence you’re insured when you arrive in New Zealand.

Previous approvals

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

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

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

It’s OK to apply for the balance of the 23-months, if you’re already in New Zealand on a valid 12-month Working Holiday Visa.

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

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Conditions

Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Travel

You must come to New Zealand within 12 months of the date your visa is granted.

After you arrive in New Zealand, you can come and go from New Zealand as many times as you like before your visa expires.

Your visa is valid from:

  • the date you enter New Zealand, if you are outside New Zealand
  • the date your visa is granted, if you are already in New Zealand.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you do not meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them
  • you are unable to provide evidence of any onward travel or funds required by the conditions of your visa.

If you are refused entry to New Zealand

Before you travel to New Zealand

Onward travel

You must have either:

  • a travel ticket out of New Zealand
  • enough money to pay for a travel ticket out of New Zealand, in addition to your living costs.

We may ask to see evidence of your onward travel arrangements when you arrive in New Zealand.

Funds

You must have at least NZ $4,200 to live on while you’re in New Zealand.

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

Medical insurance

You must maintain your medical insurance while in New Zealand. 

We may ask to see evidence you’re insured when you arrive in New Zealand.

Work

You can work in any employment you like, as long as:

  • you do notget a permanent job
  • the work you do is legal
  • you do not provide commercial sexual services
  • you do not run or invest in a business that provides commercial sexual services.

You don’t need a job offer.

Everyone who has a job in New Zealand pays tax on what they earn. You’ll need a New Zealand bank account and IRD number to pay tax. You can apply for an IRD number online through Inland Revenue.

Apply online for an IRD number

Study

You can do some study or training, as long as it’s not for more than 6 months of your stay.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.