New Zealand Embassy & Mission to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

Working Holiday Scheme

From 12 September 2005 Belgians can apply for their working holiday scheme online.

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, and information on looking for work in New Zealand.

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.

How to Apply Online

You can easily apply for your working holiday visa online on (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.

How to apply at the New Zealand Embassy in Brussels

If you wish to apply for a working holiday visa at the NZ Embassy in Brussels it takes up to 21 working days. To apply at the NZ Embassy in Brussels you must provide the following:

  • A valid original Belgium passport (which must be valid for three months after your expected departure from New Zealand)
  • A completed Application for New Zealand Working Holiday (form NZIS 1085) with a recent passport photograph attached. Application forms can be downloaded from
  • The fee of EUR 65. (If you wish to have your passport returned to a Belgian address via registered post please add an extra EUR 5). IMPORTANT: We do not accept payment via credit card (see next page for information on how to pay for your visa)
  • You must also advise the Embassy if you have spent (lived and/or visited) a combined total of three months or more in a high incident country for tuberculosis in the last 5 years (see next page for list of countries)
  • Applications are to be submitted to:
    New Zealand Embassy
    Square de Meeus, 1
    1000 Brussels

If you are living abroad, you should apply online or send your application to the nearest offshore New Zealand visa processing office

Method of Payment (for applications made in Belgium only)

  • Credit card payments are not accepted in Brussels
  • Acceptable methods of payment include cash, bank cheque drawn on a BELGIAN bank or bank transfer to the NZ Immigration Service bank account

To pay the relevant fee via the New Zealand Immigration Service Bank Account:

Account Name: New Zealand Crown Revenue Account (NZIS)
Account number: 310-1873004-20
Bank: ING, Agence Ixelles
Place du Luxembourg
Rue d'Arlon 26
B-1050 Brussels, Belgium

Please ensure in the communications section that you state clearly:

  • Your NAME; and
  • The Type of Visa you are applying for

Please also ensure that the net amount of the cost of the visa arrives to this account (ie ALL charges are made to your account)

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.

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