I'm going to apply for a WHV to New Zealand in the coming months and I'm curious: What happens if the date that I actually travel to NZ is not the same as the date I put down as my intended travel date? I know I have 12 months to enter NZ after I get my visa, but what if I apply in, say, March 2009, and put down September 2009 and I actually leave in October 2009?
On a related note, is the intended travel date the date that I plan to leave the US or the date that I plan to arrive in NZ? 'Cause they are most definitely different days.
It's no problem - once the visa is issued the only thing you need to worry about is entering the country within a year. I guess the intended travel date is just a guide that they use when issuing the visa - perhaps if you put a travel date that was very soon after you applied they may try and issue your visa before that date.
It's absolutely fine if that happens, and they'll never look at you twice because of it. Obviously so many things can change in six months that you couldn't have predicted when you'd be travelling exactly. Likewise, the one day difference between arriving and landing doesn't matter either. Just pick one.
I think the question is only there to prevent people from requesting a WHV more than a year in advance, and perhaps to have them ask about it if the date was only a month in the future while the reality turned out to be 11 months in the future.
Thanks for your replies, bex76 and Sander. So would you recommend that I put a September date even if there's a chance that I might not get to leave before October? I'm a college student currently, will be graduating in the middle of May and then have an internship lined up that'll take me until mid-July, so I know I can't leave the States before that's up and I'm not so sure if I want to travel in the Southern Hemisphere's winter, but I know I don't want to arrive too late as Kiwi students will want temporary work as well in their summer!
that will be fine - I am sure the date that I put on my whv application was way different to the date that I actually arrived in NZ by several months, as I changed my flight numerous times! once you have your visa, immigration when you land in NZ will not know what you put for your intended travel date on your application form - all they will see and care about is the 'must enter before' date which will be on your visa.