Germany Working Holiday Visa

Apply for this visa if you want to work and study in New Zealand. You must be under 30 years old and a citizen of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Length of stay

12 months

Age range

18-30 years

Quota
Each year

Unlimited

Cost
From
NZD $420
Processing time
80% within
4 weeks
With this visa you can
  • Work in New Zealand for up to 12 months.
  • Study or train for up to 6 months in total.
Things to note
  • You can only apply for a Working Holiday Visa online.
  • You can’t accept a permanent job.
  • 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.
  • You must have a valid passport at the time you apply for this visa.
OPEN

You can apply online now.

What you need to apply

Check if you are eligible to apply for this visa and what supporting documents and information you need to provide.

View All Evidence

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

Tips

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

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

You must have a valid passport at the time you apply. A national identity card is not sufficient.

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

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

Working holiday visa medical requirements

Tips

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.

When you apply online, you must answer questions about your character.  After you apply online, we may ask you to provide Police Certificates as proof of your good character.

Good character

Who needs to provide police certificates

When we decide if your intentions are genuine, we consider all the information:

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

Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in NZ

We will use your passport details to confirm your age.

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

Tips

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

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.
Tips

We may ask to see your evidence when you arrive 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.

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

Tips

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 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.
Tips

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

Process and costs

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.

1
You apply online

You must apply online and in English.

Timeframes - Processing
80% within 4 weeks

80% of applications are currently completed within this time.

2
We may ask for evidence to support your application

If you need to provide any evidence, we send you an email explaining what you need to do.

If you are concerned about receiving emails, It is a good idea to check your junk mail settings.

3
We make a decision about your application

If your visa application is approved, we will contact you by email advising that the status of your application has changed. You can then log in to Online Services to check the status of your application. If approved, you will be granted an eVisa.

If there is anything else you need to do, we will be in touch.

If you are in New Zealand, and your current temporary visa expires before your new visa is granted, we will normally issue you an interim visa to let you stay in New Zealand lawfully.

Interim Visa

Immigration costs
NZD $ 455

Application cost – This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. We do not refund application costs if we decline your application. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost. You can pay for your application online by Visa or Mastercard. An International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZD $35 is charged and is included in the cost.

How to submit

Payment methods and receiving centre details if applicable.

Apply online

Payment methods

Online

Credit Card
You can pay by Visa, MasterCard or UnionPay credit card.

Debit Card
You can pay by Visa, MasterCard or UnionPay debit card.

Hours

Phone enquiries
Monday to Friday
06:00 to 22:00

Closed Saturday and Sunday

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.

Notes

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 a paper arrival card or a digital traveller declaration. If you are completing a paper arrival card you will be given this on the way to New Zealand.

New Zealand Customs and Biosecurity also check that you meet their entry requirements.

Arriving in New Zealand

Notes

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.
Notes

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.

Notes

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. 

Notes

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 not get 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.
Notes

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.