Holiday Visa Updates and South Africa Adventures

Talking about a bunch of shift work
A big ol’ pile of shift work
Work seven to three
Three to eleven
Eleven to seven
-Kenny Chesney

It’s April! and we are one month closer to our hopeful departure date. March was a month of work…. between Tyler and I we really did nothing exciting to report on except work work work trying to put as much money away as possible. Between Tyler’s work at the restaurant and my 8-5 office job we have been in and out a lot and really busy, I am excited for a new month. Now that we have moved into April things are definitely picking up travel wise and on the New Zealand moving plan. Tyler as we speak is on a plane in route to New York. After a quick 24 hour layover him and his mom will start their two week South African Safari adventure! As I mentioned in a earlier post, his mom had South Africa on the bucket list for a long time and made it happen for a amazing mother-son trip of a lifetime. I am so excited to see their pictures and live vicariously through them for the next couple weeks.

In other news, I finally purchased my Holiday Working Visa through Bunac and I am going to start on my application this week. The difference between the IEP Visa and all the forms Tyler has to fill out verses the laid back straightforward process of the Holiday Work Visa is amazing. It makes me grateful that I am still in the “under 30” crowd even if just for a couple more months. From what I understand the Holiday Work Visa Scheme I am applying for is specifically for the United States, it may differ from country to country so keep that in mind.

Here is a basic overview of the Holiday Work Scheme requirements:
-Usually be permanently living in the United States of America – this means you can be temporarily visiting another country when you lodge your application
-Have a passport from the United States of America that‘s valid for at least three months after your planned departure from New Zealand
-Be at least 18 and not more than 30 years old
-Not bring children with you
-Hold a return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket*
-Have a minimum of NZ$4,200 available funds to meet your living costs while you’re here
-Meet our health and character requirements
-Hold medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance for the length of your stay
-Be coming to New Zealand to holiday, with work or study being secondary intentions for your visit
-Not have been approved a visa under a Working Holiday Scheme before.

You also have to meet certain health requirements through filling out a questionnaire as well as a character requirements (basically making sure you are not a convicted felon) as well as have an IRD number for tax purposes. To obtain the IRD number we have to fill out a application on the IRD website, after you fill out the form they state you will receive a IRD number within 8-10 business days.

One big question I had that I really couldn’t find on the web was once I was approved for the Holiday Working Visa, was there a deadline on when I could enter the country to begin my 12 month visa. After using Google and finding nothing, I emailed Bunac to ask the question along with a few others. They let me know that “You have to enter New Zealand within the year. The work and holiday visa is pretty lax and although you have to put an entry date into New Zealand, your visa begins when you enter, even if it isn’t the exact date you put down on the application” So that’s awesome to have that kind of flexibility especially since we are still finishing up Tyler’s visa and we do not know the exact date his visa will require us to be in New Zealand.

That’s the update for now, we will have South Africa pictures coming and a whole lot more information on the moving process coming soon.

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2 thoughts on “Holiday Visa Updates and South Africa Adventures

  1. Deanna

    I just stumbled across your blog, and I totally relate. I’m moving from Tustin to Auckland the end of this month and I thought was so to get the working holiday visa.

    Now I have to figure out the hard stuff like work and where I’m going to live.

    1. kimbrlyj5 Post author

      That’s Awesome Deanna, stoked to hear another Southern Californian is moving over there! Good luck with the move, hopefully we will run into each other at the end of this year! Let us know how the move turns out!

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