Working holiday scheme

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An online application can be made from anywhere in the world. You will need access to the internet and a credit card (Visa or Mastercard) to pay for the application. The application process and rules for approval are exactly the same as for a manual application to a branch office. If your application is approved, your visa or permit will be issued electronically.

More information on how to apply for your online working holiday visa please visit the Immigration New Zealand website(external link), and information on looking for work in New Zealand(external link).

Applicants are able to lodge a manual application if they prefer.


To be eligible for a work visa under this scheme, you must:

  • be a citizen of Belgium
  • be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years, both inclusive, at the time of application
  • satisfy the visa officer that your primary intention is to holiday in New Zealand, with employment being an incidental rather than a primary reason for the visit
  • be able produce evidence that you hold a minimum of NZ$4,200 and comprehensive medical insurance on arrival to New Zealand

As a holder of a working holiday visa issued under this scheme:

  • you must not have previously benefited from the scheme
  • you may enrol in one training/study course of up to three months duration
  • you must agree to hold medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance to remain in force throughout your stay in New Zealand
  • you must not be accompanied by children
  • you must not undertake permanent or long term employment unless you apply for and obtain a different work permit that enables this first

For more information on the rules and regulations of the working holiday scheme please see the Immigration New Zealand website(external link).

How to Apply Online

You can easily apply for your working holiday visa online on link) (login to ‘Online Services’). To apply online you need your international Belgian passport and a credit card. It typically takes a few days for you to be issued with your electronic visa.

More information on the Working Holiday Scheme

  • You do not need an offer of employment to apply for a working holiday scheme visa
  • You must arrive in New Zealand within 12 months from the date of issue of the visa
  • You will be issued with a multiple entry visa, so will be able to enter and exit freely during your 12 month period. Please remember however, that your permit is valid for 12 months from the initial date of entry only.
  • The 12 month period is not accumulative.
  • You may not undertake permanent employment in New Zealand
  • You will not be eligible to return to New Zealand for a further working holiday under the scheme
  • You must not have any disease or infirmity that may endanger public health, order or security, and may have to obtain medical certificates demonstrating this, if requested.
  • You must be able to produce good character documents (Certificat de bonne vie et moeurs/Certificaat van goed gedrag en zeden) if requested
  • Partner: Your partner can apply if they also meet the criteria. If a couple wishes to apply, each person must make a separate application, which will be considered individually.

For more information on the rules and regulations of the working holiday scheme please see the Immigration New Zealand website(external link).


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