Are you a Canadian looking to apply for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa for your trip to New Zealand? We have put together this step-by-step visa application guide to help you get there! Working Holiday Visas allow Canadians to work in foreign countries for up to a year without the need for a pre-arranged work contract or employment sponsorship. It allows travelers to work for any employer in any city, giving them the opportunity to pay off travel expenses and experience life as a local.
If you are applying for our New Zealand Working Holiday Program, then you will have a Stepabroad placement coordinator helping you every step of the way. We are here to support you prior to and during your working holiday experience. From getting your bank account set up and getting the proper tax forms, to finding a job and meeting other travelers, you can leave it all to us.
This article will answer what, when, and how you can apply for the Working Holiday Visa as a Canadian passport holder.
Scroll down for the step-by-step process, or click on the following links to skip through the steps!
Processing time: Within 20 business days
Application cost: NZD$208
Form of Application: Online
You must meet these requirements to apply:
On the Official New Zealand Immigration Website, create an account and make sure it is under Working Holiday Schemes tab → Apply online
After you register, you will receive an email that will direct you to the online application. Or you can simply log into your new account.
You will be given options for Online Services applications. Under Working Holiday Schemes, use the link “click here to apply” to proceed with the application.
The following page will ask you to choose the country what you are applying from. Click on Canada as your country of origin.
Fill in all four sections of the application. It will take some time, so remember that you can always save and come back to complete it. Don’t forget to hit ‘save’ at the end of each section.
1. Personal Details, Identification and Occupation details
Have your passport and a second piece of ID ready for this part!
Enter your personal information and make sure that your information matches the details on your passport. The occupation section is optional if you are not sure what industry, or occupation you hold, then you may skip this step.
You must read the Health Requirement leaflet, before answering the Health section. After you have read it, answer Yes or No to questions concerning health and well being.
This section will ask about good character and background. Read this section carefully and answer Yes or No to the questions.
4. WHS Specific.
This section will determine your eligibility to receive a Working Holiday Visa. You will be asked if you have sufficient funds available, but you do not have to prove it yet. Note that you do not need to be specific on the date that you intend to travel to New Zealand.
Once you have looked over your application and made sure you didn’t miss anything, you can click the Submit button on the bottom of the WHS Specific page.
Once your page has refreshed, you will see on the top of your page, a link that will lead you to the next part of submitting your application.
The following section is confirming your application submission. Please read it carefully, understand and agree to the terms accordingly.
Once your application is submitted, you will be asked to pay the application fee. Note that your application will not be processed until it is paid for.
Tip: Don’t delay your application process and pay as soon as possible!
The application is NZD $208 for Canadians. Proceed to Secure Payment Site for paying online with your credit card.
Tip: Ensure the credit card you are using is valid and can be used for online payments.
In 2 to 3 weeks, you will receive your visa in your online account. It will be presented as an e-Visa. Just in case, you should print out and have handy for your travels. This work visa will state the date it was granted, details on terms and conditions, and your personal information.
Now that you have your work visa, you can start packing for your adventure!
Stepabroad offers professional and customized placement services for you to get the job that you want. Whether it’s working at a coffee shop, at a casual restaurant, or even at a surf rental shop on the coast of New Zealand, we will guarantee a compensated position for you. Services for Working Holiday program also include helping you find a job within the industry of your choice, arranging your accommodation, setting up your bank account, helping you with tax files and in-country support throughout your trip.
As an employee, you can work anywhere as long as it is legal, and you do not accept a permanent job. You must pay tax on what you earn. This can be done by obtaining a New Zealand bank account and IRD (Inland Revenue Department) number to pay tax. Stepabroad can help you through this process so you will have detailed information about how to receive your IRD number.
You are allowed to apply for 12 months or 23 months Working Holiday Visa, however, you may only apply once. You may apply for the 12-month visa, and then extend it to 23 months, but you cannot apply for both 12 months and then 23 months after. With the visa, you may enter and leave the country as many times as you like.
When arriving in New Zealand, you will need to apply for entry permission. You do this by giving an immigration officer (OR use the self-serving machine, SmartGate) the following;
1050 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3S7
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Now that you have your work permit on the way, you can start planning the rest of your trip! Ask your Stepabroad placement coordinator about the Welcome package, which includes the Ultimate Packing List, budgeting lists for the country you will be living in and benefits of going through a Stepabroad program. Check out our other countries that are offered such as Australia, Japan, and Chile on our main page → Stepabroad.
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