This visa assists young people from the United States of America (USA) to arrive in New Zealand. You can apply for this visa if you’re a passport holder of the United States of America (USA) and you have at least NZ $4,200 to live on during your stay. While you’re here, you can study and work while you enjoy your holiday. This visa allows you to stay 12 months in New Zealand.

With this visa you can

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

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.

This visa is for US citizens who wish to spend a quality time in New Zealand and do some 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

Ordinarily resident: Your permanent place of residence must be the country named in this Working Holiday visa

Medical insurance: You must have full medical insurance for the length of your stay

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Step 1 – You apply online

You must apply online and in English.

Step 2 – Evidence to support your application

You may require to provide supporting documents with your application. If you are required to provide additional documents, Immigration New Zealand will contact you.

If you are worried about receiving emails, It is a good idea to check your junk mail settings.

Step 3 – 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 granted an eVisa.

If there is anything else you need to do, Immigration NZ will be in touch.

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

Source: Immigration New Zealand
  • Valid US Passport
  • Evidence of Funds
  • Evidence of onward travel
  • Evidence of medical insurance
Source: Immigration New Zealand

Application fee can vary and depend on from which country you are applying from:

Application Fee: $ 35

Citizens of USA 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

You can work in any employment you like, as long as:

  • You must not apply for a permanent job
  • You must not get engaged in any illegal work
  • You do not provide commercial sexual services
  • You do not run or invest in a business that provides commercial sexual services.
  • You don’t require a job offer.
Source: Immigration New Zealand