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A Working Holiday Visa (WHV) for New Zealand is a temporary visa that allows young people from eligible countries to live, work, and travel in New Zealand for a specified period, typically up to a year. It’s designed to promote cultural exchange and tourism while giving travellers an opportunity to supplement their finances through employment.
To be eligible for an New Zealand Working Holiday Visa, you must:
- Be aged 18 to 30 or 18 to 35 (depending on your nationality).
- Hold a passport from an eligible country.
- Meet health and character requirements.
- Have sufficient funds for your stay and a return ticket or the means to purchase one.
- Have not previously visited New Zealand using the Working Holiday Scheme visa (or been approved for one).
- Be coming to New Zealand for a holiday, with working being the secondary reason for your visit.
You cannot accept a permanent job offer while on a New Zealand working holiday visa. Employment conditions vary between the different countries. Check the details for your country’s working holiday visa scheme.
The processing time for a Working Holiday Visa application can vary depending on factors such as the time of year and the volume of applications. Typically, it takes several weeks to process, so it’s advisable to apply well in advance of your planned travel date.
With your working holiday visa you can study one or more courses for up to 6 months in New Zealand. For example, you could study English for up to 6 months, do a Study Abroad programme for up to 6 months, or a short training course in New Zealand.