Japanese people may come to New Zealand with a Working Holiday Visa. If you are a Japanese, with a Japanese Passport, and have at least NZ $4,200 to live on during your stay, you are welcome to apply for this visa. While you’re here, you can study and work while you enjoy your holiday.

With this visa you can

  • Work in New Zealand for up to 12 months.
  • Study or train for up to 6 months in total.

This visa is only for the citizens of Japan who wish to come to New Zealand, enjoy a holiday, and do some work.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Genuine intentions: You must genuinely intend to meet the conditions of your visa

Age: You must be 18 – 30

Citizenship: You must be a citizen of the country this visa is for

Onward travel: You must have a ticket to leave New Zealand or enough money to buy one

Funds: You must have enough money to live on while you’re in New Zealand

Previous approvals: You must not have had approval for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa before

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Step 1 – You apply online

You must apply online and in English.

Step 2 – Submit evidence to support your application

If you need to provide any evidence, Immigration New Zealand will send you an email explaining what you need to do. If you are worried about getting emails, it is a good idea to check your junk emails.

Step 3 – A decision about your application

If your visa application is approved, Immigration New Zealand will contact you by email advising that the status of your application has changed. You can then log in to Online Services to check the status of your application. If approved, you will be issued an eVisa.

If there is anything else you need to do, the visa officer will be in touch.

If you are in New Zealand, and your current temporary visa expires before your new visa is granted, you will be issued an interim visa to let you stay in New Zealand lawfully.

Source: Immigration New Zealand
  • Japanese Valid Passport
  • Proof of Funds
  • Proof of social ties
  • Police Clarence (If asked by the Immigration NZ)
  • Medical (If applicable)
Source: Immigration New Zealand

Application Fee NZD$ 35

Citizens of Japan do not have to pay a fee or immigration levy for this application.

An International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZD $35 is charged and is included in the cost.

Source: Immigration New Zealand