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Working Holiday Application Mistake

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1. Posted by Duncan_M (Budding Member, 3 posts) 12 May '13 08:02

Hi guys,

Sorry to drop a sign up and run kind of post, but I'm panicking here. I have submitted an application online as a UK resident for a NZ Working holiday visa. I meet all the requirements etc so no problems there. I have realised though I accidentally answered YES to the question about whether or not I had spent 3 months or more visiting/living in a country classified as NOT having low TB risk. Now they want me to submit a chest X-ray form.

I should have answered no to this question as the only country I have visited in the last 5 years stated as having not low TB risk was Japan, but I was only there for two months. Now they want me to submit a Chest X-Ray form. My problem is I fly out on the 22nd and don't have time to get this done and sent before I fly.

I am going to ring them tomorrow when the offices open to try and clear up this confusion, but don't know if this will be possible. Has anyone else had experience with this? I take it traveling to NZ before your visa has been granted is a no no?

Help!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4394 posts) 12 May '13 13:50

You should actually be just fine travelling to New Zealand, since as a UK citizen you can just show up and stay for 6 months as a tourist. (Although I'm not completely certain if they'll let you in without a ticket out of the country... But you could always purchase a cheap (and/or fully refundable) flight to Australia to get around that problem.) Of course, when you're applying for a WHV from inside New Zealand, they always want "medical certificates", which I strongly suspect is equivalent to that chest x-ray. (Then again, if it's only the time pressure which is making you worry, then that shouldn't be present when you're already in New Zealand.)

3. Posted by Duncan_M (Budding Member, 3 posts) 12 May '13 13:59

So if I were to travel to NZ before my working holiday application had been granted would I be able to just stay and start work when it finally is? Surely you need to enter the country to start the working holiday visa running? I'd just be on a tourist visa.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4394 posts) 12 May '13 14:14

No need to re-enter the country; unlike Australia's WHV, the New Zealand WHV explicitly can be applied for by people who are already present in New Zealand. I expect it then just starts running from the moment when it's granted. Not an expert on these fine details, though - so maybe ask about this just to be sure when you're calling tomorrow.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-May-2013, at 14:15 by Sander ]

5. Posted by Duncan_M (Budding Member, 3 posts) 12 May '13 14:15

Splendid news. Thank you very much for your replies. I'll still give them a ring tomorrow but at least now I'll get some sleep tonight!

6. Posted by bex76 (Moderator, 3600 posts) 12 May '13 15:14

I agree with Sander - I think you'll be fine to enter on a tourist visa initially but it will probably put your mind at rest to confirm this with immigration.

Have a great time in NZ!