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How to apply for a working holiday visa in New Zealand

A working holiday visa is another path to move to New Zealand. Today I’m going to talk to you about New Zealand working holiday scheme visa. Working Holiday Visa is a visa that New Zealand allows for people aged 18 to 30. In some cases, it’s from 18 to 35. Just look up your particular country and, it allows you to work and travel in New Zealand for up to one year now. If you are from the UK, then you can get up to 23 months to get it. You can apply online.

move to New Zealand with a working holiday visa
Move to New Zealand

It’s a little bit different for some countries. There are an application date and time that the applications will open. They are allowed in a certain amount of people from the country. So look up your home country and see what the rules are for the United States. A working holiday visa will be issued only for some selected countries.

Every country is going to be different than just like yours. They recommend that you’re outside of the country when you apply. And if you are outside of the country, it will take about five days to process. If you are in the country already, it may take up to four weeks for processing. So I do recommend that you should apply for a working holiday visa when you’re outside of the country. Once you get the visa, you have up to a year to enter the country. If the age bracket is 18 to 30, you have until your 31st birthday to enter the country.

New Zealand Mountains
New Zealand Mountains

How you need to be ready

You have to make sure your passport is valid for at least a year to enter the country. When you go to the airport to get on your flight to New Zealand, they are most likely going to want to check your working holiday visa information. So you can have it printed out before ready to go. That’s what I did, and it was easy. Also, I want to say that you need to either have a return ticket already booked or enough money to prove that you can have a return ticket. And you have to prove that you have enough money to live.

You have to be prepared for that either have proof of your return ticket or have copies of your bank statement. When I first come to the country, I did not have a return ticket. But I did have enough money in my bank and, I had printouts of my statements. However, they did not ask to look at them. I think it’s better to have it. Just in case you never know, don’t want to get stuck up in customs. So have it in case everything is printed out nicely and organized.

Dairy Farm, South Island, New Zealand
Dairy Farm at South Island, New Zealand

Create a bank account

You need to travel and explore and see the country. It’s just too good a reason to come to do that. So what I first did is visited the country last year and traveled around two months. If you are traveling with a working holiday visa, you need to have an IRC number and a bank account. I went with Kiwi bank, and it was easy. You will need to bring a copy of your visa information with you. After filling out forms in the bank, they told me that they would send all that information for me, and then I would receive my IRD number. I got my bank account and my IRD number a couple of weeks later.

Finding a job with a working holiday visa

I can recommend seek.co.nz for finding a job and trademe.co.nz also. Those are some useful job sites. Some people like to work in the ski fields in the winter. And I’d recommend if you are looking for that kind of job, apply early because a lot of people apply for those types of jobs. When you are looking for a job, I’d recommend having a New Zealand telephone number to put on your application. That will help you out and, they will know that you are serious about been here. Another one thing to think about is what time of year you are coming. Summer is the busiest season and, so many places will probably be hiring during that time.

finding a job with working holiday visa
A Job at a Restaurant

I worked at a restaurant very close to where I lived. Some people who worked at that restaurant had only working holiday visas. So that’s pretty cool to meet people from all over the world. I have heard of some countries you can only work at a job here for three months and in some countries that are six months. It may depend on your home country. By clicking here, you can find a useful checklist of things you need to know before move to New Zealand.

Christ's College,Christchurch,New Zealand
Christ’s College – Christchurch, New Zealand

I lived in Christchurch, and it is a cool place. But it was a little bit harder to get a job there. The overall experience in New Zealand is exactly wonderful. If you have the opportunity to move to New Zealand, visit here because it is such a great way to see the country and learn about different cultures and meet new people. And there’s just so much to do here. By clicking here, you can check which countries are eligible for working holiday visas.

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