Is it possible to get a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa if you are over 30 years old?

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Can I work in New Zealand if I am over 30?

The NZ Working Holiday Visa is an option for people aged 18-30 or 35 in some cases (this depends on the country you are from).

If you are over 30 it may be possible to get work on a work permit. If you have a skill that is in demand it could be possible to apply for a work permit once you get there, on the basis of having a job offer.

Can I get a working holiday visa for New Zealand?

You can work and travel in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you are between 18 and 30 years old. If you come from the UK or Canada, you can stay in New Zealand for up to 23 months in total.

In case you want to apply for a 23-month visa, you will have to provide a General Medical Certificate.

Can you get a working holiday visa if you are over 30 years old?

In most cases, it is not possible to get a working holiday visa when you are over 30. They are available to young people usually aged between 18 to 30, but 18 to 35 in selected countries.

How many working holiday visas can I get for New Zealand?

You can have only one Working Holiday Visa during your lifetime. If you wish to stay longer once you’re here, it is possible to apply for another type of visa as a temporary worker, student or resident.

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How do I know if I am eligible for a New Zealand working holiday visa?

You are eligible to apply for a New Zealand working holiday visa if:

  • You hold a passport from an eligible country.
  • You are between 18 to 30 years old (18 to 35 in some cases).
  • You must be in good health and have no previous convictions.
  • Your passport is valid for at least another 15 more months.
  • You must obtain thorough medical insurance for the length of your stay.

How long does it take for a New Zealand visa to be approved?

The processing time for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa depends on the Immigration Office. However, it usually takes up to 20 working days from the time you successfully submit your application online.

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How do I apply for a New Zealand working holiday visa?

Applying for a New Zealand working holiday visa is easy with Visa First. Our online eligibility checker guides you directly to the visa you are looking for. It also includes general information, eligibility and requirements.


Hi, i will be turning 31 on the 27th of this month. If my visa application is accepted, does my 1 year start from the acceptance date of form when I enter the country like in Aus? thanks,

HI Vernica, I am currently 30 years old but will turn 31 in 2 weeks. Can I apply for a working visa?

Hi Andrea, in this case we are talking about specific case - New Zealand. Otherwise you are right - there are options for some countries/from some countries to get Working Holiday Visa until the age of 35.

Hi James, Yes, you can, if you apply and get your visa accepted before you turn 31. You can check all of the available Working Holiday options here:

hi iam irish but have uk passport but iam 30 yrs old can i still get Working visa??

Just check out the relevant countries' sites. Being Canadian you are at a great advantage though - Canada lets people get a work&travel until they're 35, and since it is usually reciprocal, that means most countries have an age limit of 35 for Canadians as well ...

Do you know if this applies to Canadian citizens? Since I turned 31 I was under the impressions I couldn't go anywhere to work/live/travel without going through the regular visa application process, as if I were planing to live there permanently. Love any advice. Thanks! Oh and I'm open to considering going anywhere.

Completely wrong info here ! if you are from UK you can get 23 months Holiday working visa even if you are 35 and some other country 12 months. Here are the info from New Zeland immigration office Working holiday visas are available to young people, usually aged 18-30, but 18-35 in a select few countries. They let you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you’re from the UK. You need to have a return ticket, or enough money to pay for one, and be coming mainly to holiday, with work being a secondary intention.

hi just wondering how I get a visa to see NZ for a month (For a holioday). I am living in UK under srilankan passport. What are the options I could get? I have a wine shop in Uk.

Anyway, if you have some information regarding job opportunities in New Zealand or Australia , feel free to forward them into my inbox: I appreciate your help and time. Kind Regards, John

Hi Veronica, I am currently seraching for new opportunities Information and Technology/human resources field within Australia or New Zealand. Could recommend some? I look forward to hearing from you soon Regards, John

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