People from some selected Asian countries are eligible to apply for the Working Holiday Visa. If you are a Malaysian Citizen and wish to stay up to 6 months in New Zealand may 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 6 months.
  • Study or train for up to 6 months in total.

This visa is for Malaysian Citizens and Passport Holders who want to stay in New Zealand, enjoy holiday and apply for temporary 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 – Providing supporting documents

Immigration New Zealand may ask for a number of supporting documents. You must provide all documents as by the Department.

If you are worried about receiving emails, it is important to check your junk folder.

Step 3 – Decision about your application

If your visa application is positive, 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 granted an eVisa. You may not get a sticker visa under this visa category. If there is anything else you need to do, Immigration NZ will be in touch.

If you are already New Zealand, and your current TR visa is expiring before your new visa is approved, Immigration New Zealand will normally issue you an interim visa to let you stay in New Zealand legitimately.

Step 3 – Decision about your application

If your visa application is approved, Immigration NZ 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 granted an eVisa. You will be contacted by the immigration department if anything else is required.

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

Source: Immigration New Zealand
  • Valid Malaysian Passport
  • Evidence of onward travel
  • Evidence of Funds
Source: Immigration New Zealand

The application fee may vary and depend on where you are applying from

Application Fee: NZD$280

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. Immigration New Zealand does not refund application costs if your visa application is rejected. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost. An International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) of NZD $35 is charged and is added in the cost.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Things to note

  • You can only apply for a Working Holiday Visa online.
  • You can’t accept a permanent job.
  • You can’t bring children with you on a working holiday. If you have a partner who wants to come to New Zealand, they’ll need to apply for their own visa.
Source: Immigration New Zealand