Working holidays scheme for New Zealand citizens
05.05.2008 / 08:00
Here you can find all the information on working holidays visas for New Zealand citizens.
Information for citizens of New Zealand who want to participate in the Working Holiday Scheme ("WHS") established by the Agreement on a Working Holiday Scheme between the Government of the Czech Republic and the Government of New Zealand, signed in Prague on 11 October 2004 ("Agreement")
General conditions for eligibility
To be eligible for a long-term visa under the WHS, you must
- be a citizen of New Zealand permanently resident in New Zealand;
- intend to holiday in the Czech Republic, with employment being an incidental rather than a primary reason for the visit,
- be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty-five (35) years, both inclusive, at the time of application;
- not bring your children with you to the Czech Republic;
- possess a valid New Zealand passport.
How to apply for a visa
The visa processing office competent to receive applications for long-term WHS visas (see Article 5 of the Agreement) is the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Sydney.
Consulate of the Czech Republic
169 Military Road
Tel.+61 2 9581 0111
Fax: +61 2 9371 9635
The application can be made in person or by post. The consulate may ask you to attend for an interview.
Visa applications can be also lodged with the Czech Republic Embassies in:
- London(United Kingdom)
For contact details, please visit www.mzv.cz .
Your application must include:
- valid New Zealand passport
- visa application (can be downloaded here). Please note that question 29 (Purpose of travel) in the visa application form should be answered by writing "Working Holiday" in the box "Other (please specify)".
- a return ticket (i.e. an air ticket for your journey from the Czech Republic) or a proof that you have sufficient funds to buy an air ticket back to New Zealand (CZK 40,000 or an equivalent sum in other currency in the form of current bank statement, letter from financial institution and a proof that you will be able to withdraw these funds while in the Czech republic (for example copy of internationally recognized credit/debit card). ),
- a proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in the Czech Republic (at least CZK 70,000 or an equivalent sum in other currency in the form of current bank statement, letter from financial institution and a proof that you will be able to withdraw these funds while in the Czech republic (for example copy of internationally recognized credit/debit card).,
- a signed statement that you have never been sentenced for a crime in New Zealand - can be downloaded here,
- two photographs
when submitting visa application, travel health isn’t required, but the applicant must provide proof of holding travel medical insurance before the visa is affixed to his travel document. The insurance must cover the entire period of the applicant´s stay in the Czech Republic as determined by the validity of the visa. Travel medical insurance must cover the cost of emergency medical care, including medical evacuation or, in the event of death, repatriation of remains to the country that has issued the applicant´s travel document or to the applicant´s country of residence. The insurance policy must not exclude coverage for injuries and damage caused by the applicant´s intentional acts, injuries and damage caused by fault or contributory fault on the part of the applicant, and injuries and damage caused by the consumption of alcohol, narcotic and psychotropic substances by the applicant. The minimum coverage is EUR 60 000 per one insured event without any coinsurance or copayment. Travel medical insurance may be purchased from an insurance company licensed to sell such insurance in the Czech Republic. Recommended way is to obtain medical insurance from a company that appears on a list of authorized companies maintained by the Czech National Bank.
Samples of Czech subjects providing the insurance (some of them on-line) :
Insurance can also be purchaised from an insurance company licensed to sell such insurance in any other Member State of the European Union or in any Contracting Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, or from an insurance company licensed to sell such insurance in the country that has issued the applicant´s travel document or in the applicant´s country of residence. Then the proof of travel medical insurance must be accompanied by a certified Czech translation of the insurance policy and general insurance terms and conditions, proving the existence of travel medical insurance, the scope of coverage, the amount of coverage (at least EUR 60 000), and proving that there is no coinsurance or copayment.
- visa fee of CZK 2,500 (according to the current exchange rate the fee is between 160 to 180 AUD - contact us for exact amount) is payable to the Consulate of the Czech Republic in Sydney. This amount can be paid in cash, money order or banque cheque. All these means of payment can be made in Australian dollars only.
Please include your contact details (mobile, email etc.) as well as details on how your passport should be returned to you. Preferably, organize courier pick up by any courier company (DHL, FedEx etc.) or enclose cash or bank cheque for International Registered Post (fees may be found at www.auspost.com.au). The Consulate cannot be held responsible for loss of documents sent by ordinary post.
The visa may be issued for a period of validity of maximum 12 months. It cannot be prolonged and you are not eligible to receive it more than once. If you find yourself in need of extending your stay in the Czech Republic, you shall apply for a new visa or long-term residence permit at any Czech Embassy. It will not be possible to file any application inside the Czech Republic. The immigration portal of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic lists useful information in this regard (www.immigrationportal.cz).
Along with the visa you will receive a summary of the rules governing your stay in the Czech Republic. You may find this information helpful when dealing with your Czech employers.
In case your application reaches the Consulate after the annual quota has been exhausted, the Consulate will inform you about the fact and offer to include you in the following year´s batch.
Living and working in the Czech Republic
During your stay in the Czech Republic on the basis of a WHS visa
- You may be employed without a work permit. However, you shall not take up permanent employment, i.e. your employment contract should not be for a period longer than the validity of the visa. There are no additional conditions. Your employer is required by Czech law to inform the local Employment Office ("Úřad práce") that you have taken up employment: http://portal.mpsv.cz/sz/zahr_zam/zz_zamest_cizincu/zz_mezinar_smlouvy
- You may enrol in one training or study course of up to 6 months of duration.
Text of the original Agreement on a Working Holiday Scheme between the Government of the Czech Republic and the Government of New Zealand can be found here.
Text of the Amendment to the Agreement on a Working Holiday Scheme can be found here. Amendment enters force from 1.12.2011.