Working Holiday Extension Work Visa

If you are on a Working Holiday Visa and have done seasonal work in the viticulture or horticulture industries, you may be able to stay in New Zealand for another 3 months.

Length of stay
Up to

3 months

Cost
From
NZD $420
Processing time
80% within
4 weeks
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.

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.

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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.

Tips

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 338KB

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 240KB

Also provide your:

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

Also provide a copy of your Identity card.

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

Tips

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.

If you have a criminal conviction or are a security risk to New Zealand we may not be able to grant you a visa.

Good character for temporary visas

You must provide police certificates if your total time in New Zealand will be 24 months or longer across all visits. This includes any time you have spent in New Zealand in the past on other visas, even if you have been out of the country since then.

You also must provide police certificates if we ask for them.

If you are 16 years old or younger you do not need to provide police certificates.

Providing police certificates

How to get a police certificate

If you have already sent us Police Certificates with a previous visa application and they are less than 24 months old, you do not need to send them again.

Police certificates must be less than 6 months old when you submit your application. They must be from any country you are a citizen of, or have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.

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 our records to check you are still here.

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

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.
Tips

Seasonal work must be planting, maintaining, harvesting, or packing crops in the horticulture or viticulture industry. Any work outside of these specified roles (for example in plant nurseries or in food processing and manufacturing) does not qualify.

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

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.

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How to submit

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Conditions

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

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.

Notes

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.

Notes

Check your Working Holiday Visa for your medical insurance conditions.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Notes

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