Is there a way to receive a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa if you are over 30 years? The short answer is “No, you can’t.“. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t go to New Zealand. Many people don’t realize that there are a lot more options to work in New Zealand except for the Working Holiday. You can easily obtain either New Zealand skilled migration visa or General Work Visa and get there.
Here is a real example: One of our visitors had an interesting query about New Zealand Working Holiday visas. In short, the person is interested whether there is a way for him to travel on the Working Holiday Program despite the fact he is 34 years old. As you already read – he is not eligible for the Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand, however, he has several alternative options. Please, read down to find out what they are.
Veronica: Welcome to the Visa First live chat! How can I help you today?
VisaFirst client: I will be travelling to New Zealand for a holiday next month and wanted to know if there is a way to qualify for the Working Holiday visa if I am over 30.
Veronica: We can help you get a visa through sponsorship or applying for residency.
Veronica: Unfortunately you cannot qualify for the Working Holiday visa if you are over 30.
VisaFirst client: I don’t really want to apply for residency, I only plan on being there for 6 to 9 months. What would I need to qualify for sponsorship?
Veronica: What occupation do you hold?
VisaFirst client: I have been in restaurant and retail management for the past 10 years.
Veronica: OK, would you by any chance be able to find an employer in New Zealand willing to sponsor you?
VisaFirst client: Probably, but not until I arrive there. Would I need to have a sponsor before arriving in New Zealand?
Veronica: Unfortunately you will need to find one before arriving in New Zealand
VisaFirst client: Would the position have to begin right after arriving in NZ? I was hoping to be able to travel around the country for the first 6 weeks or so.
VisaFirst client: Also, would it have to be with a company in my industry or can it be with any company?
Veronica: You can travel beforehand as long as it is under the period that is allowed under your tourist visa for New Zealand.
VisaFirst client: My tourist visa is for three months, so as long as I find a sponsor within that time frame, I should be able to qualify?
VisaFirst client: How long would the process take from the time I found a sponsor to the time I would be eligible to begin work for them?
VisaFirst client: Or are you saying I have to have the sponsor before arriving in NZ, but I don’t have to begin working right away. My start date would have to begin before my 3 months was up.
Veronica: That’s correct, you don’t have to work straight away, but it would be best to organise the sponsorship before you get there
VisaFirst client: Given I only have 2 1/2 weeks to find sponsorship ahead of time. If I do find sponsorship, would that be the only employer I would be able to work for or could the sponsorship be transferred if I found something else while in NZ? Also, does that start date have to be specified on the sponsorship application or can it be a time frame?
VisaFirst client: You are being very helpful, by the way, and I appreciate it.
Veronica: You must stay with your sponsor throughout the whole period it is valid for.
Veronica: Declan Clune is our sponsorship/migration visa specialist. Can you please phone him on his UK number 0207 659 9180, the Irish phone number 01 878 3329 or the Australian phone number 01 928 0468 or alternatively email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with some brief details of your query and he will get in contact with you to answer your questions
VisaFirst client: Very good, thank you for your time and have a wonderful day.
Veronica: You’re welcome!
Veronica: You too!
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