Sounds good, isn't it? In the past, Malaysians can work holiday in UK and NZ. Nowadays, the available ones are from Australia and NZ. The UK working holiday visa is no longer open for Malaysians. You guess why?
Working holiday is pretty common nowadays, where people take the chance to experience different life style, explore new places and culture, as well as to do something that is out of the boring yet typical working life - car loan, house loan, insurance, kids etc.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
The first step of it is to apply for the visa. However, before you lodge your application, you had better have a thorough read through of these pages:
1. NZ Immigration Website
2. A working holiday in NZ
3. Malaysia Working Holiday Scheme
In short, to be eligible, you must:
- have a Malaysian passport that‘s valid for at least 3 months after your planned departure from NZ
- 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$2,250 available funds to meet your living costs while you’re in the NZ
- meet certain health and character requirements
- be going to NZ to holiday, with work being a secondary intention for your visit
- not have been approved a visa or permit under a Working Holiday Scheme before.
Online Service login page, and register yourself. Later, login using the registered username and password. Fill in all the required details and pay the application fess online, which is NZ $120, or approximately RM 285. If you are in New Zealand on a working holiday permit and you are able to show you have undertaken three months or more of seasonal work in the horticulture and viticulture (grape-growing) industries during your working holiday, you may apply for the working holidaymaker extension permit. This permit is for an additional 3 months at the end of your working holiday. Before your trip, make sure that you print out a hardcopy of your working holiday visa, to show it to the immigration officer when you arrive in NZ. Perhaps you can read Feng's experience dealing with the immigration offers when she reached NZ :)
* Update on 1 Sept 2009: Today, only I found out that in fact I did not have to apply for the NZ Working Holiday Visa, coz I'm currently holding the Australian Permanent Residency Visa. With AU resident visa, I could enter NZ easily and be granted a working rights in NZ. Huh, wasted the money. But anyway, money can be easily earned back :)