WHV-23 months work calculation

Old Oct 25th 2014, 11:08 pm
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Hi I am currently in New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa and have been here since March now.

I love it here and am looking to apply for the Skilled Migrant Visa to allow me to stay here, but meanwhile, I will extend my WHV from 12 months to 23 months.

However, it says you may only work for a period of 12 months, and I was wondering how this is calculated. For example I have been working in some temp jobs part-time (e.g, a couple of days a week, and sometimes half days). So is it calculated by hours? Or if you work 1 day in a month is that calculated as working for a month?

Just wondered as I don't want to get in trouble and have it affect my visa application!

Thanks! Charlotte
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Old Oct 26th 2014, 9:52 pm
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It is a bit vague isn't it. it does state "you must not work for a period exceeding 12 months" so is that in one position or many over the period and as you say how do you calculate the odd day here or there. I can't see working one day in a month will be calculated as working a month.
As you need to submit your application manually at Immigration Office before your present one expires I would personally have a chat with them and ask their advice on it.
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I'd suggest it will be what is logged via pay slips and so the IRD - inland revenue has that record which NZ immigration can check with.

For instance. If you work one day in a month - then one day would be logged.
If you work mornings for two weeks , then the equivalent of 5 full days might be logged. At the moment I cannot find the actual calculation used with this so it is just an assumption on my part.

WI2.160 United Kingdom Working Holiday Scheme
  1. This scheme is available to young citizens of the United Kingdom.
  2. To be eligible for a work visa under this scheme; applicants must:
    1. be British citizens, ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom; and
    2. have a minimum of NZ$350 per month available funds for their maintenance during the period of stay in New Zealand; and
    3. meet the requirements at WI2.1.1(b) and (d).
  3. Successful applicants will be granted a work visa with the following conditions:
    1. if the applicant is outside New Zealand, first entry to New Zealand must be made within 12 months of the visa being granted, and; the visa will allow work and multiple entries to New Zealand for a maximum of 23 months from first arrival; or
    2. if the applicant is in New Zealand, the visa will allow work and multiple entry to New Zealand for a maximum of 23 months.
  4. Participants in this scheme must not work for a period exceeding 12 months. This may be in one consecutive period or interspersed throughout the total stay.
  5. Participants in this scheme may enrol in one or more courses of training or study of up to 6 months' duration in total during their visit to New Zealand (see U2.5)
  6. Applicants under this scheme must lodge their application in the prescribed manner (E4.50).
  7. Applicants under this working holiday scheme may apply for a 12-month visa in the first instance and for a further visa up to their maximum entitlement of 23 months from the date of first arrival (or date the first working holiday visa was granted if they applied from within New Zealand), subject to them:
    1. being in New Zealand on a valid work visa granted under the United Kingdom Working Holiday Scheme at the time of application for a further visa; and
    2. meeting all the requirements of WI2.1.1, except (b) (ix); and
    3. applying in the prescribed manner using a paper form (E4.50.1).
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Old Oct 27th 2014, 4:37 pm
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Do you have a permanent fulltime job offer then if you're looking at the SMC?

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