Visa factsheet Working Holiday Extension Work Visa

People who are already in New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa can make a one-off application to stay an extra 3 months if they have completed at least 3 months of seasonal work in the horticulture or viticulture industries. Seasonal work can include planting, maintaining, harvesting or packing crops. You don’t have to have a job offer to apply.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

3 months


With this visa you can

  • Stay in New Zealand for another 3 months.

Things to note

  • You can only be granted one Working Holiday Extension Visa.
  • Your seasonal work doesn’t need to be continuous or for the same employer.
  • You don’t have to have a job offer to apply.
  • If approved your extended visa will retain the same conditions as your initial Working Holiday Visa.
Criteria

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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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.

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 306KB

If you are submitting a paper application form, you must provide a supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students.

Supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students (INZ 1220) PDF 322KB

Also provide your:

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

Also provide a copy of your Identity card.

Health

You must be in good health

You don’t need to provide any evidence of your good health, unless we ask you to.

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.

Character

You must be of good character

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

If you're 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 don't 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 obtain a police certificate

Bona fide

You must genuinely intend to meet the conditions of your visa

When we decide if your intentions are genuine (bona fide), we consider all the information:

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

Bona fide

Location

You must be already in New Zealand

We’ll use our records to check you’re still here.

Working Holiday Visa

You must have a current Working Holiday Visa

We’ll check our records for evidence you have a current Working Holiday Visa.

Seasonal work

You must have already done seasonal work in New Zealand

You must have spent at least 3 months doing seasonal work in the horticulture or viticulture industries while on your current Working Holiday Visa. Evidence can include:

  • letters from employers
  • pay slips
  • tax records.

Seasonal work can include planting, maintaining, harvesting or packing crops.

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.

No previous extensions

You must not have been granted a Working Holidaymaker Extension Work Visa before

We’ll check our records to make sure we haven’t already granted you a Working Holidaymaker Extension Work Visa.

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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Visa conditions

Visa conditions

If you are granted a visa, there are conditions that you must meet. These visa conditions are described below.

Travel

After you arrive, you can travel in and out of New Zealand as many times as you like before your visa expires.

Work

You will have the same work conditions as your first working holiday visa.

You don’t need an offer a job offer to apply for a Working Holidaymaker Extension Work Visa.

Study

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

Funds

You must have enough money to live on while in New Zealand.

Onward travel

You must have the means to leave New Zealand at all times during your stay.

Medical insurance

If it was a condition of your Working Holiday Visa to maintain medical insurance for the length of your stay, you must continue to maintain it for the length of your Working Holidaymaker Extension Work Visa.

Check your Working Holiday Visa for your medical insurance conditions.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label or included in a visa letter.