BOOKMARK: Everything You Need to Know About the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

Only 100 Filipinos will be given the Working Holiday Visa.
by | February 09, 2023

With its breathtaking landscapes, diverse culture, and attractions, New Zealand is a beautiful place to explore and visit, and settle in, if given a chance. In fact, it’s one of the top places where people would most like to live! In case you missed it, Pinoys have a new visa option they can apply for other than tourist, work, and student visas: the working holiday visa. Here’s everything you need to know about it:


What is New Zealand’s Working Holiday Visa?

The Working Holiday Visa is the latest visa option Pinoys can apply for when planning on visiting New Zealand. It allows 18–30-year-old Pinoys to stay on the island country for up to 12 months. Basically, this visa will allow you to work while on vacation in NZ, even without an existing job offer.

Only 100 Working Holiday Visas are given per year and the application will open on March 16, 2023, at 10:00 AM NZDT or 5:00 AM Manila time. Note: Pinoys with a granted Working Holiday Visa can no longer submit another application.

With this visa, Pinoys can also work in NZ for up to 12 months or study/train for up to 6 months. However, one cannot work for the same employer for more than six months or accept a permanent job position.

You can only apply for the working holiday visa online.

If you have children, you can’t bring them with you under this visa. The same rule applies if you plan on traveling to NZ with a partner; they will need to apply for their own visa.


What are the requirements?

In order to meet the requirements, you need to provide the following information:

  • Proof of identity (passport)
  • Chest x-ray and/or medical examination
  • Proof of good character
  • Proof that you are 18-30 years old
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in NZ
  • A ticket to leave NZ or proof that you can afford to buy a ticket
  • Proof that you have at least NZ $4,200 to live on
  • You have no previous working holiday visa approval
  • Tertiary-level education
  • You’re able to speak English
  • Full medical insurance for the length of your stay

Find the specific details for the criteria and evidence here.


How much will it cost?

Processing the Working Holiday Visa starts at NZD $420 or approximately PHP 14,576.00.


How long does the processing take?

The visa processing time is within 47 days.


Keep your eyes peeled and don’t miss this opportunity! For more information and updates, visit the New Zealand Immigration official website.


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When she’s not writing, Ina’s busy curating playlists that will save her when words don’t work, reading, annoying her cat, or thinking of her next meal.


  • Charlyn Iturriaga

    This is a previlage to work in new zealand

    March 26, 2023 at 3:38 pm
  • Carlo David

    Thprevilage to work in New Zealand

    May 11, 2023 at 8:18 pm
  • Richard Asilum

    Me and my common law wife is very interested to work and stay in New Zealand. But unfortunately I am already 43 and she is 32. Hope we would be given a chance.

    May 23, 2023 at 9:04 am

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