You can apply for a working holiday visa valid for 12 months. The main purpose of a working holiday visa is “holiday” rather than “work”. Therefore, holders of working holiday visas may not work for the same employer for more than 6 months in New Zealand. You can take classes that are less than 6 months in length. The Working Holidays Program is an agreement between New Zealand and other countries that make people can work or study in New Zealand for up to one year. It stays much longer than a regular visitor visa or visa-free status – if you are from a visa-free country, you can only stay in New Zealand for 3 months without a visa (6 months in the UK).

And, unlike a visitor visa where vacations can only travel and are not allowed to engage in other activities, a working holiday visa holder can do a variety of jobs – from picking fruit, hotel reception to work related to a particular occupation, in a variety of categories; You can also learn about professional content of interest during this time. After entering the New Zealand with a holiday work visa, you can transfer any other type of visa at any time within 12 months. The number of such work visas is limited and only 1,000 are issued each year.


Application conditions

Hold a passport that is valid for at least three months from the date of departure from New Zealand.
At least 18 years of age, no more than 30 years old (or 35 years old, depending on the country).
Meet the requirements for health and conduct.
Without children.
Take a round-trip ticket or have enough money to buy a round-trip ticket.
Haven’t previously visited New Zealand with a working holiday visa (or any other visa).
The main purpose of coming to New Zealand is a vacation, and working is a secondary purpose.


Application process

Step 1: On the designated open day, fill in the personal information and submit the application online on the application page of the New Zealand Immigration website.
Step 2: After the application is successful, the applicant will receive an invitation letter through the mailbox to confirm that the traveler has obtained the relevant quota. The invitation letter includes the requirements for submitting the application materials and related information, and the applicant must read it carefully. If the applicant sends/delivers the application materials without receiving this email, the materials will be returned.
Step 3: The applicant prepares the materials according to the requirements of the invitation letter and sends/delivers them to the designated institution in person.