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1. Posted by shanmckenna (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y

has anyone had the working holiday visa for nz and ending up staying longer than the year? i dont just want to be there for a year. help. thanks

2. Posted by TomPeirce92 (Budding Member 55 posts) 3y

I am getting mine in December before I head off for about a year.

The visas last for I think it is 23 months but only allows 12 months of that time working. So plenty of time for travel

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 3y

Yes, when mine ran out after a year I stayed on for another few months by getting a work permit (my employer had to fill in some paperwork) and after that I got permanent residency and ended up living there for 5 years altogether. If you have a job offer in a skill that's a shortage it's normally fairly straightforward to apply for residency, if you do want to stay on longer-term. Or do what I did - meet a Kiwi and get your residency as a partner of a NZ citizen.:)