There is less than two weeks left until the Philippine Working Holiday Scheme application opens again on the 8th of February 2017. Have you started preparing for it? This application is highly competitive (100 slots only!) so it would be very beneficial if you are able to know the contents of the application form beforehand. Luckily for you readers, I am able to share with you the screenshots of the working holiday application form for the Philippines. Hopefully this step-by-step Philippine working holiday application guide will help you to secure a slot to come to New Zealand!
Here is the step-by-step instructions:
Select Working Holiday visa from the dropdown list (see arrow) and provide your login details.
Tip: You should log-in an hour (or more, just make sure you are not accidentally logged out) before the application opens. Why? How? See number 4.
2. Click Working Holiday on the left sidebar.
3. A pop-up page will appear. Select Philippines on the drop down list at the bottom of the page.
4. The next page will confirm whether or not the scheme is open. If the scheme is open, click Apply Now.
If the scheme is not open yet, you should see this:
Tip: This no-slot-available page must be the page you are refreshing before 10 AM NZ time. Refresh from time to time until ‘Apply Now’ appears.
5. The form should load next. It has the following sections:
– Personal Details
– Occupation Details
D. Working Holiday Specific
Tip: Please only answer the questions appended by a red asterisk. Ignore everything else. This would speed up your application.
Second Form of Identification – You must be able to put an issue date.
Occupation Details – PLEASE SKIP!
Working Holiday Specific
Note: Your passport must be valid at least for 15 months (one year visa validity plus 3 months extra passport validity) from your intended travel date. You can set your intended travel date as early as possible (8 February 2017). You do not have to travel to New Zealand exactly on this date. The immigration understands that plans can change.
If you do not have 15 months left on your passport validity, you will get this error message:
6. Once all the sections have green checkmarks, click Submit.
7. Read the declarations. You must agree to everything before you can hit Submit.
8. You will be notified you need to pay the application fee to secure your place. Click Pay Now.
9. Click secure payment site.
10. Write applicant’s name (your name) as Payer Name.
11. Select card type.
Only credit or debit cards with the Visa or MasterCard logo will be accepted.
12. Enter card details. Click Pay Now. The amount charged will be NZD 208.
Tip: If you are using a debit card, please allot extra money for exchange rate fluctuations and foreign currency fee.
13. Check confirmation text from your credit card company (if applicable).
Please disregard the amount. The visa application fee was NZD 165 in 2014-2015.
There are many New Zealand Working Holiday forms published in the internet but I believe this is the first that caters to Philippine working holiday applicants. Not that it matters a lot anyway since the only thing that differs is the country listed on the form. If you are curious, someone from Malaysia wrote a guide and that immensely helped in my application.
Now that you have had a look at the form, you should memorise the layout and the answers you would type in the form. I even created an Excel file containing the answers I should put on the form so when the application form opens, I will just copy and paste.
Please note that you are not to open forms of any other countries other than yours. I read somewhere on the internet that someone’s application was denied because he practised filling out another country’s application form some weeks ago and that application had gone through because the scheme he picked was visa fee free. I will not disclose what country it is so that it will discourage you to open forms of other countries.
Good luck, applicants! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write on the comments section.