New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile
Chilean Working Holiday Scheme
The Chile/New Zealand Working Holiday Scheme enables 1000 young Chileans each year to visit New Zealand for the purpose of tourism, with the possibility of undertaking studies and/or employment.
For the 2012/2013 round, the scheme will open on October 4, 10am NZ Time (6pm Chile time) and application is only online.
In general terms, to be eligible you must:
- have a Chilean passport that is valid for 2 years from the date of application
- be at least 18 and not more than 35 years old
- not bring children with you
- Minimum of NZ$4,200 available funds to meet your living costs while you’re in New Zealand
- Round trip ticket open for one year
- hold medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance for the length of your stay
- meet our health and character requirements
- satisfy us your main reason for coming to New Zealand is to holiday, not work
- not have been approved a visa permit under a Working Holiday Scheme before.
* You are required to hold sufficient funds for the duration of your visit and for the purchase of an outward ticket from New Zealand. Such evidence may be requested on arrival at the border.
When you’re in New Zealand:
- you must not take up permanent employment (unless you apply for and are granted an ordinary Work Visa while you’re here)
- you must not work for the same employer for more than six months
- you can enrol in one or more courses of training or study of up to six months’ duration in total during your visit.
Please note: New Zealand law prohibits any person on a temporary permit, including a Working Holiday Scheme work permit, from providing commercial sexual services, or operating or investing in a business which provides such services.
Like all New Zealand workers, you will need an IRD number so that your employer can deduct tax from your earnings at the correct rate. In New Zealand, you pay tax on a pay as you earn (PAYE) basis. This means that there should not be a large refund or an amount to pay when you leave.
For more information see Inland Revenue's Travelling to New Zealand webpage www.ird.govt.nz.
For more information, please visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/workingholiday/chileworkingholidayscheme.htm