Tips on Securing a Silver Fern Visa Slot

My friends and contacts shared my post about the Silver Fern Visa application on Facebook and I distinctly remember one Facebook user’s comment that this visa is nearly impossible to get especially with the quality of internet connections in the Philippines. I beg to disagree. Of course there are only 300 slots and applicant number 301’s (and so on) hopes will be crushed on that day BUT you can work on improving your chances in getting a slot and I will share with you here what to do to secure a slot.

Few days before application day

  1. Create an INZ Online Services account

You can create the account from here. I know some people who tried to register on the same day of the application and guess what, they are not able to secure slots. The website will be very slow on that day and you must not waste time by not having an account ready. Another important thing to point out is that you have to remember your log-in credentials. What is the use of creating the account on another day but forgetting the username and password on application day?

  1. Automatically sync your clock to a trusted time server

I do not set time manually. I just set my computer’s setting to automatic and trust that it is accurately calibrated. It has not failed me. Or you can manually select a time server that you trust. I would choose a server in New Zealand. http://www.pool.ntp.org/zone/nz

Here are my computer’s current settings:

Date and Time Time Zone

  1. Ensure the stability of your internet connection

The Philippines is notorious for having really slow internet connection speeds but internet speed is not the only thing that you should worry about. Your connection must be stable. Your 100 Mbps internet would not help if the connection keeps on dropping. Make sure nobody else will be using the internet when you are applying, talk to your family, housemates, whoever. Turn off your other devices’ WIFI connection.

If you really cannot do something about your internet service quality, then maybe you can use your office internet or your friend’s internet. Try to find a 24-hour internet cafe.

  1. Know how to navigate the Immigration New Zealand website

You would think that this would not be a problem but it was for some. Months ago, the Immigration New Zealand website did not look like how it looks like now. The website was confusing! There was a Silver Fern information page and there was an “Apply” button on that same page. Clicking the button did not lead to the form but it lead to the login page. People spent precious time clicking this when they could have logged in before the application started.

  1. Have an idea what the Silver Fern application form would ask

Unfortunately for you I have not seen the Silver Fern application form yet so I cannot share with you the actual form but I have seen and used the Working Holiday application form. I have been told the questions are similar. Fortunately though I found out from my friend that the sections of the form are the following:

Page 1: Personal Details
Page 2: Silver Fern Requirements
Page 3: Health Details
Page 4: Character Details
Page 5: Contact Details

Using my knowledge of the Working Holiday application form, here are the information that I think that may be asked on the form:

Personal Details
Surname, Given Names, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Passport Details, Secondary ID Details (You can use your driver’s licence, SSS ID or Birth Certificate)

Silver Fern Requirements
Qualification Details (Date of Award, School/University, Degree), English Language Proficiency, Funds

Health Details
The questions may be similar to the screenshot below. I got this from the Work Visa Application form.
Health Details

Character Details
The questions may be similar to the screenshot below. I got this from the Partnership-based Temporary Visa Application form.
Character Details

Contact Details
Mailing Address, Postal Address, Email Address, Landline, Mobile number, Email Address

Prepare the above-mentioned details on a Notepad text file and just copy paste information on application day. Make sure that the information listed do not have special characters. For example, those with “Ma.” in their names would have to type their name as “Ma”. Write your address as 18 Malingap St UP Village Quezon City; your phone number as +63 2 9999999.

  1. Verify and double/triple check the information you have prepared on a Notepad and familiarise yourself on where you put each data

Self explanatory.

  1. Secure a credit or debit card (Visa or MasterCard) and ensure it works online

If it is months before application day, then you can apply for a credit card (subject to approval) or convert your ATM card to a debit card (with Visa or MasterCard logo) if your bank allows for it. If you still do not have a credit or debit card by now, then borrow from a friend. Make sure that it works for online purchases by test purchase in Lazada or wherever.

Some cards have online usage protection by sending a confirmation code or one-time pin (OTP) to the cardholder’s phone number. If you are borrowing a card, make sure that the card you are using does not have this feature or else you will be waking a friend at 5 AM in the morning (Philippine time). Or you can sequester your friend’s phone as well.

And one last thing about cards, make sure that the card has sufficient balance and leave overhead for conversion fees. Most Philippine cards have 3.5% foreign exchange service fee so at NZD 1 = PHP 35, the application fee of NZD 298 will be around PHP 10,800. Here’s the math: (298*35*.035)+298*35 = 10,795.05

On application day

  1. Prepare your body

Wake up before 10 AM New Zealand time. Take a leak, take a dump. Be hydrated enough. Do not be hungry if you know your hunger will bother you. You know this.

  1. Prepare multiple devices and login in each of them

I prepared two computers (my Mac notebook and my brother’s Windows laptop) with 3 browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari) opened in each. I used both computers to log-in before 5 AM Philippine time/10 AM New Zealand time. First one that loads the form will be your “primary” station. In my case it was my Mac that was able to load the form. Firefox is my favourite browser and I was delighted that this got into the form first.

Login through this link.

  1. Once logged in, scroll down to “Silver Fern Job Search”.

Click ‘Click here to apply‘ when the clock hits 10 AM NZ time.

  1. Skip not required fields

You do not have to fill out everything. You only have to fill out required information. Required information usually is appended by a red asterisk (*).

  1. Do not refresh the page unless you are directed to an error page (connection has timed out, no internet connection, etc)

Applicants during the previous years had reported seeing blank white screens and perpetually spinning loading icons. Just be patient. Your internet is trying to load the information little by little and if you refresh before getting an error page, you will just start from the beginning. Also do not make unnecessary clicks.

  1. Do not sacrifice accuracy for speed

Answer the form correctly. You do not want to answer YES to the have you ever been deported especially if it is not true.

  1. Click Next and not Save Details

The form has sections and before going to the next section it would ask you to save or to go to the next section. Since if you followed my advice and you have made sure your data is accurate before the application day, be confident in clicking Next instead of Save Section/Save Details.

After application day

If you have managed to secure a slot, then congratulations to you!

If you have failed to secure a slot, try to log-in days or weeks after as there may have been denials. A declined visa application means there is one more slot that has opened again! Update: Or just in case the lagging website appears once again this year, what they’ve done last year is open the application on different days (withouth actually announcing). So you really have to check.

If you really did not chance upon an open slot, review your Silver Fern application form, take note of the questions and answers, and apply again next year. This year’s form will be deleted before the next year’s application period starts which is only fair for those who have not tried applying.

I hope this post has helped you improve your chances in securing a slot. Remember, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. If you have tips to share, then please put them in comments below. Help a brother or sister out!

243 Replies to “Tips on Securing a Silver Fern Visa Slot”

  1. Hi! In the “English Language Proficiency” field, since I understand that they no longer accept the “English as a medium of instruction used”, hence, if I do not have the IELTS yet, what should I indicate? Is there a drop down list to select?

    Thanks! Your blog is very detailed and concise!

    1. Hi Trinity

      As I have mentioned earlier, I have not seen the Silver Fern form. Most of the working holiday questions are answerable by yes or no so I suspect that it is the same for the Silver Fern visa application as well. I suspect that they will ask something like, “Do you meet the minimum English language proficiency required by this visa?” If it won’t be like that then I would probably put Academic IELTS 6.5. (if text box).

      I don’t think there would be a dropdown because at the moment only IELTS is accepted by Immigration New Zealand.

      I hope I am correct. Let me know once you applied, ha?

      Thanks for your question!

      1. Hi! I was told that IELTS is not required for Silver Fern visa application. But based on the question above it may not be the case. If I understood ur answer correctly, did you mean that if asked “Did you meet the minimum English language proficiency required by the visa?”, I can just write Academic 6.5 in the text box? Even if i did not take the ielts?

        1. Hi Jen

          As I said in the blog, that’s lapsed infomation. The policy changed only recently (12 October) so I guess it is understandable for people to think otherwise.

          In my opinion, I don’t think they would ask you your scores come application day. The question, “Did you meet the minimum English language proficiency required by the visa?” is a yes or no question. 🙂

          If however the application form asks the scores, then don’t apply. Don’t risk putting false information. What if you got 7.5 in the IELTS?

          1. Thanks for info! Your blog has been very informative and a big help in my preparation for the application.

            Another question though, if I may, is it necessary to sync my time settings in my computer to the link you gave? Is there a difference if I just leave it as is?

            Thanks again!

            1. Hi again Jen

              It’s more of a preference. But I know people who keep wrong times on their computers so make sure yours got the right one (if you’re in the Philippines) + 5 hours.

              Good luck later! 3+ hours to go.

  2. INZ has changed policies around the English requirement, thus making IELTS mandatory unless you come from Canada, Ireland, UK & USA or have a level 7/8 qualification comparable to qualifications gained in Australia, NZ, Canada, Ireland, UK & USA.
    They will most likely ask how you meet the English requirement and provide a drop down box asking whether you are from the above countries, have IELTS or have a recognized qualification gained from the above countries.
    If you say you have IELTS, they will most likely ask for the IELTS certificate number, exam date and your overall band score.
    Your citizenship will obviously state which country you are from and whether you meet the English requirement.
    If you say that you have a qualification gained from any of the above countries, they will most likely also ask what qualification you gained and the start and completion dates.
    The Character section will also most likely ask which countries you have spent more than 12mos in in the last 5yrs.
    I am basing above advice on online EOI forms for Skilled Migrant Category which I do as part of my work. Hope this helps 😊

    1. Hi Ivy

      The EOI is a bit more complex than the Silver Fern and I sure hope they won’t ask for the scores in the Silver Fern form. They just changed the rules and I don’t think the people anticipated the requiring of IELTS documentation.

      Thank you for sharing!

  3. Wow. This article is really helpful! I hope the online application process for the WHV this coming 2017 would be similar to the information shared here. Fingers crossed.

    Thank you for this!

      1. Hi! The WHV application is fast approaching and I’d just like to ask, just for good measure, in which method did you pay for your application fee? Is it through debit or credit card?

        The NZ Immigration website (https://t.co/rtFL1pMDsk) isn’t very specific if debit cards are allowed or strictly credit. I have a MasterCard debit card which is capable of purchasing online (I paid the IELTS-British Council with it), but I don’t have a credit card. I just might have to borrow from a friend just to make sure.

        Thanks again!

        1. Hi Choi

          I used a Citibank credit card which I borrowed from my father. You can use a debit card as long as it has a Visa or MasterCard logo. I hope it is not a BDO MasterCard debit card though because that sometimes fails for online/international transactions. If using a debit card, put extra money as you have to allot some for the fluctuating exchange rate and the foreign currency service fee. You can also borrow if you’d like.

          I just published my WHV article which is very similar to my Silver Fern one, I hope you check that out as well. http://flippingchoices.com/2017/01/working-holiday-visa-in-new-zealand-for-filipinos/

          Good luck!

  4. Good day,

    Thank you for sharing this information. Please enlighten me. By acquiring WHV will it allow me to look for a job and get hired as a permanent employee? Granted that I have to go back to the Philippines before my working holiday visa expires, from there am I allowed to apply for a working visa this time?

    1. Hi Jacky

      While the WHV allows you to come to NZ and work here, you must not work permanently on a working holiday visa. Hope that is clear to you. If you found a permanent job right away after arriving in NZ, you must convert your visa to a regular work visa so you won’t have problems with immigration. You don’t need to leave NZ.

      Hope that helps!

  5. Good day!

    What if I wasn’t able to complete my application because my passport will expire this year. Can I continue filling up the forms after renewing my passport? My application is still pending. Lastly, is there a chance that I could get a slot in that case or the slots will be filled even if I have a pending application?

    Thank you in anticipation.

    1. Hi Janine

      If you’re referring to the Working Holiday application, there’s a slim chance you’ll be able to chance upon an open slot. All the slots have been filled. When do you know someone has been declined anyway?

      You can try again next year.

      1. How would I know if the quota was reached for this year? I can still edit my application, however, it was indicated that I should renew my visa first before completing the said application.

        1. If you try to complete your form now (bogus details for passport)/make it ready for submission, the form would show this:


          Please click to open the larger image.

          The 100 slots have been filled 🙂

          1. Thank you so much for your help. I don’t have the courage to do the bogus details. I thought that if I have a pending application and reference number my slot is secured. I guess this is a hopeless case, as the earliest possible renewal of passport is on April 2017.

            1. I meant filling bogus details just to see the error. It won’t have repercussions if you don’t submit it (you can’t anyway since all slots are filled).

              Try next year if you’re not yet 31!

              1. Okay, I will. Anyway, how long does it take to accept WHV applicants? Does it end after an hour after it opens or it will automatically close when the quota was reached?

  6. Hi Ms. Lab,

    Good evening. Your blog is very helpful to me. I’ve been reading all if your post regarding silver fern and working holiday visa in NZ. I am really interested to apply both (silver fern and WHV) but I have some queries.

    1) Silver fern – when it comes to funds, how much do I really need to reflect in my passbook?
    2) Silver Fern – Do you have any idea what is the required band score for IELTS?

    Thank you soo much im advance 🙂

  7. hi, good day!

    do i need the ielts result on application day? or it will be fine to take the exams when i already have secured a slot for silver fern?
    thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Zarina

      As discussed in the comments section above, I don’t think they ask it since they give you 3 months to comply with the requirements.

      Please try to backread first in case the questions you want to ask have been asked and answered before.

  8. Hi, Thanks for sharing your valuable tips. Really helpful. Just wanted to clear few confusions:
    1. How would we know the opening date of Silver Fern?
    2) Do we have to upload picture and other supporting on the application day?
    Thanks.

  9. Hi..

    Looking back in the first Gias’s question, you say: check the SFV information page.
    Is it supposed immigration will announce the opening date in advance?
    Thanks for your useful tips 😉

  10. 1. hi do you thibk they woikd allow stocks certificate as evidence of funds for the silver fern visa?
    2. can I take the english test only after I have been granted a slot for silver fern?

    1. Hi Roxanne

      1. I believe funds that are not readily available are not allowed.

      2. Yes, but that was for previous applications. You never know if they change it this year.

      HTH.

  11. Hi there! This site is awesome. Thanks for the detailed information and screenshots. Can I refer to this post in my blog? A lot of people have been asking me how to prepare and what to expect and your writing here is just perfect to the pixel. Cheers!

  12. Hi again Ms. Lab, any good timings to log in on SFV website?
    Since I’ve red that the server will be slow during that moment because of many users. I would like to ask if I should log on at exactly 5AM PST or I should try to login by 3AM? hehe

    1. Hi Guess

      I don’t recommend logging in at exactly 5 AM PH time. That’s the way you wouldn’t be able to get in. As I said come game time, you should be clicking apply and not logging in.

      Login would time out as early as 3 am… try to login past 4-4:30 am just keep your connection by refreshing from time to time…

  13. Hi Ms Lab,

    I actually tried applying for a slot for Silver Fern last year but he problem was that the page just kept loading and usually up to the point that error page was shown. I think I was able to fill out 3 forms until I could no longer go through and eventually an information on the website that it crashed. Is it correct to think that internet connection speed is a huge factor in the application? Based on above info, you only applied for WHV and no experience on Silver Fern. But do you know of a Filipino who applied while in the Philippines and got a slot? Thank you

    1. Hi MZ

      If competing against other nationalities with better internet in their countries then yes speed does matter to a certain extent. I know 2 people who were able to get in last year regardless of the lagging/hanging/crashing website.

    2. Hi Mz,

      If the website has issues, everyone is affected – slow man or fast yung internet. So, kailangan lang patience. You can refresh the page and you can save your details if magstart nang magloko ang website. And don’t move away from your PC. Make sure na pagpwede nang i-fillup ulit ang form, fill-up agad, save, then go to the next until sa payment page.

      1. Hi,

        Question on Tip no. 7 above “Click Next and not Save Details”
        When you finish answering 1 form then click next, and the website crash, what happen to the form you just done? uulitin ba pagsagot, dahil hindi na save , once you get back in?

        Thank you

        1. Hi Alona

          Do what works for you. In my experience the save button did not really save my details, it erased them. The next button should auto save, that’s what happened to me.

          Your mileage may vary. Maybe the system wouldn’t fail this time.

      2. Hi xclexc,

        I actually was just in front of my PC, waiting, refreshing every time error page shows up, and waited until around 2 pm i think until notice was shown that the website crashed. Better luck next time for me! 🙂

        1. Hi MZ

          There have been posters online saying that they have secured a slot as far as a month after the SF application opened last year.

          Maybe if the website crashes this year again you can try to login everyday 🙂

  14. Hi,

    I am currently in New Zealand on visitor visa and will be going back on 15 Dec 17 will I be still able to apply as technically I’m not a permanent resident of NZ and silver fern visa date has come on 30.11.17. Pls reply.Ta

    1. Hi Ishi

      Since you’re here in NZ why not call 09 914 4100 for clarification. That’s the INZ Contact Centre’s number. 😀 I’ve read the rules just now and it just says ‘You must be living outside NZ when you apply.’ I guess you can back it up by documents from the Philippines… and reason out you’re just visiting NZ.

  15. Waoo, amazing article, extremely useful, appreciate your help.

    1. If I get slot on 30th November, How many days I will be given to submit documents like IELTS certificate, Police Character certificate, Medical certificate etc
    2. Do I need to have IQA? I already have PAR and my qualification is assessed at level 9, will PAR be sufficient or I need to have an IQA for this Visa?

    Thank you

  16. Hello Mslab
    I am a teacher by profession and had taught for 9years in the Philippines. It was just last December 2016 that I resigned and headed here in Czech Republic for work as a caregiver. I am planning to apply for Silver Fern Visa this November 30. But I have some
    issues that bother me:
    1. I will be turning 36y.o by January 2018.Would it be a problem for me? . I understand the age limit is only up to 35y.o upon applying.
    2. I dont have a credit/debit card or any atm as of the moment. .Is it okay to use a friend’s card if ever I will get a slot and asked to pay the visa?
    3. Would it be not too late for me to open an account now and deposit an enough amount to show a bank certification that I have enough funds?.
    Thanks for your enlightenment.

    1. Hi Virginia

      1. As long as you’re 35 at time of application. No problems with turning 36 in January 2018.
      2. You can borrow a friend’s card.
      3. Not too late.

      The problem with this visa is that it requires you to have occupational registration when your profession is one of the professions that need registration. Assuming you have an education degree if ever you’d be able to apply, they would look for proof that you are able to register as a teacher here in NZ.

      Details on registration: https://educationcouncil.org.nz/content/overseas-teachers

      1. Thanks a lot mslab. Another thing, Do I need to have my qualifications be assessed by the IQA before applying or after?

  17. Hi,my question is how is the quota calculated? Hitting the submit button is calculated as one application or making the payment is considered as submission? Can we edit details after submission? How long does it take to fill a form?

    1. Hi Kaya

      Hitting submit counts as the application. Then you can pay. You cannot edit the form once it’s been submitted. Form takes about 5-10 minutes to fill depending on your speed. 🙂

  18. Hi
    I enter “www.immigration.govt.nz” , I click on Login up right corner of the page. Then chose “Silver Fern Job Search Work Visas” , after that I click on “Login or create Account” but the online system don’t open. I have try it many times in different systems with high speed of internet. Do you know what is the problem?
    Thank you

      1. so, just to confirm, if i’m a nurse by profession here in PH, I really have to work as a nurse there? i can’t take other jobs?

        1. This is the case of the silver fern visa. I’m just saying that without being able to prove you can be a nurse here you can’t get this visa. For any other visas, sure, you’re free to take other jobs as long as you have the work rights and you have no work restrictions.

  19. Hi MSLAB,

    Thanks a lot for that information.

    I’m an civil engineer, and the SFV require to have an occupational registration (would be “Engineering NZ” in my case), is it mandatory to be registered before the application or I can do it later same as case with IQA for the qualification assessment?

    And also if you could be sure about the IELTS filling fields and not being ask for degree, type and no. of exam (still not taken it!)

    So many thanks in advance

    1. Hi albaati,

      You don’t need the registration for the SFV application. Just make sure you have your credentials ready and your 3 yrs experience (min.). Be ready to undergo full assessment of your Bachelors Degree from NZQA when you get a slot. Registration will be asked from you if you will apply for SMC with ANZSCO jobs requiring registration.

      1. Hi xclex

        Are you absolutely sure registration isn’t necessary? Part of the rules one must be able to demonstrate being able to register…

        The number of work experience only applies to being assessed as trade qualified. Probably as Civil Engineering Technician which doesn’t need registration…

        1. Hi mslab/aalbati,

          If you are a licenced Civil Engineer and is practicing your profession, you can get the registration in NZ… with that you can say yes to the question. You don’t need to have it during the application of the SFV. It just says “Must be able”. I’m 100% sure of it.

          When you are in NZ and you are applying for Residency and you are claiming for a postion that requires registration, then, you need to get the registration.

  20. Dear MSlab,
    Could you please mention silver fern fees in Pakistani rupees which i need to pay. Also, Should i pay the exact amount of fees through my visa debit card? I am little bit confused in fees payment.

    1. Hi Danish

      Please use this tool to determine the fee you are going to pay. https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/tools/office-and-fees-finder

      The system will still charge 298 New Zealand Dollars. The converted amount will depend on the prevailing exchange rate that day. When I use Google to convert 298 NZD is around 22,000 PKR, please add more as sometimes there are other fees that the card charges, at least 3.5% more 😀

  21. Hi Mslab, thank you for sharing this very helpful information. I’ve got two questions related to this Silver Fern Visa:

    1. Place of Residence – I’m currently on a visit visa in Australia and I will also be applying the visa while I am here, but I will be returning to Philippines maybe on January. I am not sure what country to put in the residence address whether PH or AU.

    2. IELTS Result Form – I’ve read that supporting documents will be submitted to visa application centres. Do they need the original copy of it? Or will printed scanned copy suffice?

    Thank you in advance. 🙂

    1. Hi Sienna

      1. Please put your permanent address… the address where you’re living most of the time in the past few years.

      2. You need to submit a certified copy if you’re only submitting a copy. You can submit the original but depending on the receiving office, you may or may not have a hard time getting the original back 😀

      1. Thank you Mslab. One more question, can you shed some light between the level 7 qualification and the one that was trade qualified? Unfortunately, my school was not included in the exemption list. I am a graduate of BS Accountancy, and worked for more than 6 years in the accounting field. I believe IQA demands huge amount of money, so I am thinking if I can be trade qualified? Tia.

            1. Hi again Sienna

              I don’t think you could be trade qualified. There’s no skill related to your job in Parts B & C of the List of Skilled Occupations. And being trade qualified would also need a degree assessment anyway since being trade qualified needs at least a level 4 qualification.

              You really need to have a level 7 qualification. 🙂

  22. Nice article, but I have few questions, is this SFV open to all national ?

    2. when you finally get a slot, what type of document will I provide to backup my job experience ?

    3. How many years of Job experience is needed to apply?

    Thanks

    1. Hi Isaac

      1. Have you read my other blog about the silver fern visa? It would still apply to you even if you’re not a Filipino… http://flippingchoices.com/2016/10/silver-fern-visa-in-new-zealand-for-filipinos/

      Yes it’s for all nationals (except Kiwis and Aussies)

      2-3. There are two streams in Silver fern. Proving you have a level 7 qualification or proving you are trade qualified. First one requires you to have your degree assessed and it should come out to be level 7. Second one needs you to have at least a level 4 qualification and have two years of experience in a job in parts B & C of the skilled occupations list.

  23. Hi mslab,

    Do you have an idea if the SFV also requires a passport validity that is same as the visa validity plus 3months extra validity like the WHS?.

    Thanks..

    1. ice,

      d kailangan ilagay ang score. medium of instruction natin english so dapat confident ka na mag-answer kung anong level ng english mo sa question na yun. question dun hindi tungkol sa ielts kundi level ng english profeciency mo. and if you get a slot, since expired na ielts mo, kuha ka ulit ng ielts or any equivalent english test.

  24. Hi mslab,

    You are a life savor man I appreciate your efforts,

    Do I need to have the 4200 NZD for exactly 3 months before getting a bank statement? What if I have them for a little bit less than that before submitting the documents, say 2 months?

    Thanks

  25. Hi pls I graduated from medicine last year and I graduated with a masters in Public health this year. I have no work experience. Pls can I still apply?

    1. Hi John

      I believe you still can. You need to have all your degrees assessed.
      What’s your undergraduate degree?

      Just make sure that the degree you will present isn’t required for a profession that needs registration in NZ, otherwise they will ask you to provide proof of your registration as well. So don’t get your medicine degree assessed.

      1. My undergraduate degree is medicine. I went on to do my masters in Public health and I graduated this year. To practice medicine in newzealand I need registration . What do I do please?

        1. Oh right, you’re not from the Philippines then. Most of my readers lives where I am originally from.

          I suggest that you ring +64 9 914 4100, INZ Contact Centre, as they may have a different interpretation of the rules 🙂

  26. Hello,
    Not sure if anyone already asked this question before, haven’t seen it…: Can I work any type of job while on a silver fern visa (jobs outside of my occupation)? Just in case I can’t find a job in my occupation straight away and have some more living expences in the meantime…Also, the required 4,200NZ dollars for 9 months is not much anyways…
    Thanks for replying!

  27. Hi,
    I have a few queries regarding the silver fern. Following is my data.
    My TOEFL iBT score is 113, required is 79.
    My qualification is Level-7 by NZQA through IQA. Even though technically it should be Level-8 but NZQA refuses to accept, I am still eligible.
    My qualification is Mechatronics Engineering which is also on the skill shortage and I am registered as a member with Engineering NZ.
    So, generally if I manage to get a slot on the day of application, I should be eligible because I am also of good health.
    My questions are:
    1. Can I defer the visa start period of 9 months by a few months?
    2. Do they require my bank statement or will my father’s bank statement suffice for the 4200 NZD requirement?
    3. If after those 9 months I haven’t been able to find a job as an engineer but have been working legally in some other job like cashier at a mart or salesperson at an electronics store or at McDonald’s or Starbucks etc. Am I eligible to get a work visa or residency or something or do I have to leave?
    Please reply soon.
    Regards.

    1. Hi Zuhair

      Have you appealed your IQA? If NZQA says your degree isn’t a level 8, then it isn’t. 😀 Don’t argue it anymore. It just means your degree doesn’t meet the required standard for level 8. And yeah you’re still eligible as you mentioned.

      1. No you cannot defer visa start period. If you get a slot I suggest maxing out the time you are allowed to submit the documents (3 months) so you will have a later start date… I don’t know, wish that you have issues in your application so processing will be longer?
      2. Bank statement has to have your name as account holder. You’re now a professional, why still use dad’s bank statement?
      3. You are not eligible for residency under the skilled migrant category if you don’t have a skilled job. Menial jobs like you mentioned are not skilled as per INZ standards. You have to leave New Zealand before your nine months expires if you can’t find a job.

  28. Hi!
    Good day!

    I would like to ask that if ever I secured a slot but failed to accomplish upon processing will the VISA Fee be refunded?

    Thank you so much.

    God Bless!

  29. hello…i have a question… i will gonna borrow my sister’s bdo mastercard debit card and we tried it in lazada but it says that it needs 14 characters while the credit card number of bdo is only 12.. will it be a problem while applying online?

  30. Hi mslab,
    I just wanna know if as of this moment the visa was already reach the quota ?I thought it is open around 10 am in NZ time.just wanna clarrify mslab.Thanks

  31. Hi. I recently got a PWD ID, on account of a musuloskeletal condition, but I am able to work perfectly fine (I’m employed over 5 years already). Will having this PWD status automatically render me ineligible for the visa application?

  32. Anyone able to get through?

    Was able to just pass Apply Now and application was created. But I’m only getting Error 500, Sorry, we’re experiencing technical problems… and Error: We’re sorry, this page is currently unavailable.

    Saw in Twitter that even guys from the US are unable to go pass the Apply Now part.

  33. Hi mslab,

    “Sorry, we’re experiencing technical problems…”

    or

    Error: We’re sorry this page is currently unavailable.
    This scheme is currently closed. Check our website for information about when it will open.

    What’s the best way to go about this? Just continue refreshing?

    Thanks!

  34. Error
    We’re sorry, this page is currently unavailable.

    This scheme is currently closed. Check our website for information about when it will open.

  35. Hahaha…Cobra is so funny…..it’s unbelievable, almost two hours doing click …and the same error always …I get the feeling the quote is already filled ..they should change the announce and don’t make us spend time 😥..I am almost sleeping 😴

  36. There something wrong here. I’m not getting news if anyone from 300 heads was successfully went through… maybe they are silently and successfully clicking their refresh button? hahahaha

  37. I was succeeded to fill the form but I click in save and next and nothing happens ….I don’t know what to do ….omg 😥

    1. I have read a blog they said just wait there might be available slots for the next few days. Some got their slots after a few weeks. Have faith! 😊 Congratulations in advance 😊

  38. My application says “Your existing application is listing below, when a decision has been made on your application the status will be updated accordingly”.

  39. I was able to pay. After payment, you’ll receive an email confirming that you successfully got a slot.

    To all of us, whether or not nakakuha ng slot, congratulations and job well done.

    Will continue to pray for everyone with pending application. Let His WIll be done.

    Have a great day everyone. Blessings to everyone.

  40. Hi Karla …I got the same message but I don’t understand what it means …did we get a slot? Or do we just wait if someone is declined so they could give us a place ?

    1. Hi Karla

      There’s no issue date for the birth certificate so I just used my birthdate before. 😀

      Reference number is the BReN something at the left bottom.

  41. Hi Congratulations to all who got their slot! Can we know if asa Pinas ba kau ng nag fill-up kayo ng form? tsaka what time kau ng log-in? hehe

    1. Hi Guess!

      I’m from PH, logged in at 3am but entered the site at the exactly 5am. At that time, no good talaga, nag- crash lang at error paulit ulit. By 7am saka lang nag-load ng maayos..

  42. Thank you! 🙂

    In my case, continuous lang ang process. After ng five-page form, meron na parang submit button sa upper part, and then may mga questions if you agree with the ff statements provided. Then, nanghingi na ng payment details after. (I hope, my memory serves me right)

    Hello mslab, I would love too. Will wait for your update re: group chat.

  43. My payment got declined as I tried keying in the OTP code. Upon submission, it did not go through. It says the quota is filled up. I also have the “Completed pending submission” status. Congrats to everyone who were able to get a slot 🙂

  44. after 3/12 hrs of clicking and praying. i got a slot. wew!

    would like to thank all the tips i learned from the page.

    btw, i applied from UAE

  45. Hi everyone!

    Congrats to those who got a slot already!

    The website was down during the opening hour. I thought our internet commection was just so slow. Before 8am, it was the time the application started to load (in my case). I was mortified that an additional ID and date of issuance was being asked. I had to find first my sss umid card but I did not know the date of issuance. Fortunately, I retrieved the transmittal letter from sss. I used the date of the letter as date of issuance. However, when I completed the form and tried to submit it.. the quota was already full. Sad 🙁
    But I will still pray and hopefully after a few weeks, some slots will open. 🙂

  46. Guys, Got Submitted, payment pending status….seems few also got the same status….please let me know if anyone with this status get an update on this from NZ embassy.

    Thanks,
    Abhishek

  47. Iam from India Hyderabad. I got my application status submitted but I didn’t make the payment part. Any hope that I will get the slot in next few days or months.

    1. Hi Abdul,

      I am also in the same situation. I will let you know if I come up with any update on this. Please do the same.

    2. Hi Abdul ,

      Did you get your application status submitted from the first moment you applied for? Or did you get it as an updating from pending submission to submitted?

  48. Guys..!! By the grace of god . i submitted the application.
    Does anyone know for showing the funds of $4200, PF Provident Funds are considered or not and Dollar here is the value of US dollar or the NZ dollar value ?

    Congrats to those who got the slot.

  49. Hi Guys, I saw this in NZ Immigration website:

    Silver Fern Job Search visa Online Application

    “Welcome to the online application system for the Silver Fern Job Search visa.

    Unfortunately at this time we are not accepting new applications for the Silver Fern Job Search visa.

    There is a limited quota of Silver Fern Job Search visas each year. The quota for this year has already been filled.”

    🙁

      1. Hi Andrea

        Do you expect them to decide on applications within a matter of days? Not all applicants are able to comply right away with the documentary requirements and they are given 3 months to comply…

  50. Hi I wasn’t able to secure a slot on 30th Dec 2017 as the website kept giving up errors continuously and I couldn’t go past the ‘click here to apply’ button(Page didn’t open at all) however can I still keep an eye on the website in case if any slots become available at a later stage or is it unlikely that even if it opens up again, I will still not be able to apply considering that I am yet to start the application from scratch ?I would appreciate your response 🙂

  51. Hi Guys,

    I have successfully secured a slot for Silver Fern Job Search Visa this year(2017/2018). Currently waiting for NZQA result(opted for Standard processing) which was applied on 3rd and the status is now waiting for allocation.
    Is there anyone here who secured a slot this year?

    Thanks,
    Praveen

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