You must have heard of the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa before coming here. Maybe you heard it from your friends, aunties in the market or Facebook feeds. It doesn’t matter. I’ll go through an introduction about New Zealand Working Holiday Visa, but if you think you know it already, just skip to the next part.
Disclaimer: All the photos below are obtained from the New Zealand Immigration official website.
For Malaysians, the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa application will be opened on 23rd January 2020, 5 am Malaysian time.
What is a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa?
New Zealand Working Holiday Visa is a visa issued by the government that allows youngsters from 42 different countries to travel and work in New Zealand. The visa is valid for 6, 12 or 23 months depending on your country of origin.
Some of the involved countries have limited quota for the visa while some do not. For Malaysians, the quota is 1150 successful applicants. Some European countries have unlimited quota.
You can work or study during your stay in New Zealand.
For Malaysians, here’s an exclusive guide (updated for 2020) for you.
Am I Eligible?
New Zealand Working Holiday Visa is not open for everyone from all age levels. Here are the criteria you need to meet in order to apply for the visa successfully.
- Between 18-30 years old
- Have NZ$2,250 for use during your stay in New Zealand (You need to bring this amount to New Zealand upon arrival in the country)
- Need to have a return ticket or enough money to buy one. This explains the second criterion above.
- Apply mainly for holiday, not for work. It’s working HOLIDAY after all.
- And of course, passion to explore the world!
Which Nationalities Can Apply?
42 countries, with a different visa validity period. The countries are as follows.
Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
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Step-by-step Guide: Apply For New Zealand Working Holiday Visa
Now let’s dive into the main topic. How do you apply for the visa?
Before that, you should know that the New Zealand Immigration website has made a major update on their website layout and design. Most of the options are not the same as before. Following an UPDATED guide will definitely serve you better.
And good news! You’re reading it now, an updated version of the application guide.
For every step, I will have an image to show you exactly what to do. Note that this is the new layout of the website. Therefore it will differ from the older versions you found on the internet elsewhere.
Step 1 – Register Your Account
First thing first, register your account.
At the header, press on the “Login” button.
Scroll down until the last option, which is “Working Holidays Visas”. Click on that.
Select the “LOGIN OR CREATE ACCOUNT” button. You will then be brought to a login page.
In the Apply Online page (Login page), select “Working Holiday Schemes“. This should be done automatically so you don’t have to do anything.
Then, under the “New users” section, click “create an account“.
Bravo, you arrive in the registration page for an account. Note that you must register an account to apply for the visa.
You do not need a passport number for registration. For those who don’t have a passport yet, feel free to create an account anytime.
Congratulations, you have now registered your account. Now let’s proceed to the next part.
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Step 2 – Applying For The Visa
Now, the main part.
After registering your account, you should log in with your account details on the “Apply Online” page (Login page) I showed you just now.
You will be brought to the “Working Holiday Schemes Online” page. This page shows Working Holiday Visas of all 42 different countries.
The dark grey box indicates that the visa application is open, while the light grey box indicates the opposite. Some European countries have an unlimited quota, therefore are always open for application.
Select your country. For this guide, I will be using the United Kingdom as an example. The details needed inside the application form are almost the same for every country.
The only differences are the validity period of visa and NZ$ needed to enter New Zealand.
If the application is open, you will see the below page. Click on “APPLY NOW”.
Note: It’s not necessary to complete the application in one go. You can save the application form and resume the next time you visit. Your data will be saved on the website.
Step 3 – Entering Your Details
Upon entering the application form, you will arrive on the page below.
There are 4 tabs: Personal, Health, Character and Working Holiday Specific. And under the Personal tab, there are 3 more tabs: Personal Details, Identification and Occupation Details.
Note: Some of the fields are not mandatory, which means you can leave it blank if you want. I highly recommend skipping those non-mandatory fields if you’re applying for the visa in a fierce competition situation, like Malaysia.
Working Holiday Visas in Malaysia has a low quota and extreme competition. The quota will typically run out within hours after opening and it’s getting fiercer every year. Do note that if the competition in your country resembles that too.
Tab 1 – Personal
As you can see below, the “next section” referred is the payment page. After you entered all the details, you will be brought to a payment page, where you will pay for the visa.
For countries with limited quota, the seat is not reserved for you until you made your payment successfully.
After you complete a page, click “Save” to prevent any data loss. Do that before proceeding to the next tab.
Here’s the Identification tab.
“Occupations” tab. Note that these are not mandatory.
Tab 2 – Health
After completing the “Personal” tab, it’s time to jump to the “Health” tab.
This section should be fast and easy if you do not have any medical issues.
Tab 3 – Character
Next up, “Character” tab. Like the previous one, this section should be easy for most.
Tab 4 – Working Holiday Specific
Lastly, the “Working Holiday Specific” tab.
It’s funny that they asked whether you have sufficient funds, and you must answer “Yes”. So yea, for that part, it’s a Yes.
For the date you intend to travel to New Zealand, it does not need to be specific. However, it must be within one year from the date your visa is granted. With New Zealand Working Holiday visa, you must start the program within a year after your visa is approved.
For the amount of time, just enter the validity period of the visa.
“What if I want to extend my Working Holiday visa?”
Of course, you can opt to extend your visa for an additional three months or so. But for this part, let’s just enter the validity months of the visa, either 6, 12 or 23 months. No more than that.
Click “Save” before you click “Next”, which will bring you to the payment page.
Unfortunately, this is the furthest I can show you. I will need to enter all the details in order to proceed to the payment page.
At the time of writing, application for New Zealand Working Holiday visa for Malaysians is closed. Therefore I could not enter the payment page to show you what’s in there.
Instead, I will describe to you how the payment page is like, in words.
Step 4 – Payment For Visa
The very last step for your application. Once you click “Next” in the “Working Holiday Specific” tab, you will be brought to the payment page.
The first page you will see is the “Confirm Submit” page. For this page, there will be a checklist of declarations, to show that you understand the terms and conditions. Tick “Yes” for all the boxes, and select “Submit”.
The second page is “Submit Received”. There just a sentence here: “Please note that you must pay the application fee before your place is secured”. Click on the “Pay Now” button below. There’s a “Pay Later” button beside, for your information.
The third page will display the application fee for the visa. The amount varies among different countries of origin. Most of them cost NZ$208. Click on the “Secure Payment Site” below.
At the fourth page, you will need to enter your name at the “Payee Name” section. That’s the only section in the page, nothing else.
After clicking “OK” on the fourth page, you will have to choose your preferred payment method. Note that only MasterCard and Visa credit cards will be accepted. Select the one you prefer, fill in your credit card details, then “Pay Now”!
Note: Although it is written that only credit cards are accepted, some people successfully made their payment via debit cards. To be on the safe side, just opt for the credit card.
Step 5 – Wait For Your Visa!
And that’s it! You’re done now, and all you have to do now is wait for your email from New Zealand Immigration. You should receive your visa within 14 days after payment.
If you wonder how the visa looks like, no it’s not printed on your passport. It’s an e-visa, which you have to print out to show the immigration. This might be a piece of sad news for those who collect visa stickers and stamps in their passport. Your passport will still get stamped when you enter New Zealand though.
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Wrapping It Up
I sincerely hope that you found the step-by-step guide above helpful. Please share it to your friends who are interested in applying for the New Zealand Working Holiday visa. It means a lot to me than you think.
Feel free to comment below if you love this guide or there’s anything I can improve. Happy traveling!