Many young New Zealanders seek a professional experience abroad. Thanks to the France Working Holiday Visa, you can work in the country for a whole year while satisfying your curiosity about discovering a new country. Learn more about the conditions and procedures.
To be eligible for the France WHV you must:
- be a New Zealander citizen and live in New Zealand when submitting your request
- be between 18 and 30 years old
- not having benefited from the France WHV yet
- have a sum of at least NZD 4,104.8, ie 2,500 euros, in order to cater for your needs throughout your stay.
Your France WHV is valid for 12 months, may be obtained up to six months prior to entry in France and will not be extended.
You are allowed to access to mainland France but not to the French overseas territories.
How to proceed
You must apply for the France WHV at the Embassy of France in Wellington (NZD). Making an appointment is mandatory and you have to submit your application via the online booking system.
You must provide a list of important documentation: Long stay Visa application duly completed and signed, French and English agreement form duly completed and signed, your valid New Zealand passport that must be available 3 months from expiry date of visa, one recent passport photograph, evidence of financial resources or proof of funds (recent bank statement), a cover letter in French and in English which describes why you want to apply for the WHV, a proof of address in New Zealand, a one-year health insurance starting from the date of your arrival in France, a proof of your travel itinerary, and a processing visa fee of 99 euros (about NZD 162.5) to be paid in cash.
You may obtain your Working Holiday Visa on the day of appointment with the Embassy of France in Wellington.
You will have to apply for a temporary work permit at the local Labour Department. The temporary permit may be renewed but only up to the limit of the authorized length of stay (12 months).
All appointments must be made at least three months prior to departure.
Embassy of France in Wellington :
Levels 12 and 13
34-42 Manners Street
PO Box 11-343
Embassy of France in Wellington – Working Holiday Visa www.ambafrance-nz.org