More than a year ago now, the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) completed a massive overhaul of its official website. Most webpages had been updated but Online Services and Immigration Online, the systems they use for visa applications, were not included. Sometime last year, I noticed they had finally updated the Online Services website which would mean the webpage layout for submitting visa applications for Silver Fern Visa and Working Holiday Visa and submitting Expressions of Interest for residency had changed—making my existing Philippine Working Holiday in New Zealand Application Guide obsolete! It is now at least three weeks until the Philippine Working Holiday Scheme opens once again. I hope I am not late in sharing with you the Philippine Working Holiday in NZ Application Guide 2018 Edition. Again hopefully this helps applicants immensely in their fight for a slot.
Before Anything Else…
Have you read the main Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand for Filipinos post yet? Please read that first before reading this as you would know the basics before getting into the actual form. Please also have a look at the frequently asked questions.
Comments About the New Layout
It looks refreshing. I do not think they changed the backbone of the Online Services website and they only changed the design… Unfortunately they had removed an essential part of the form which is displaying right away which fields are required and which fields are not required.
Before, a required field looked like this:
It has a distinct red asterisk to show that it is a required field.
Now, it looks like this:
See the difference?
The form still requires this field and the system would prompt an error when necessary (e.g. when you type information in and delete it and when you save the form without filling out the form). It’s just that you do not know right away. Fortunately for you the required fields have not changed so you could cross-reference from the old form.
* A tip that I could say with this change is to not skip fields when you do not actually know which fields you can actually skip or not. If you skip fields mindlessly because you assume some fields are not required because the red asterisk is not visible anymore, the system will just slow you down by showing you error prompts.
Now that we have that out of the way, here is the step-by-step instructions:
1. Log-in to Online Services. The webpage address is this: https://onlineservices.immigration.govt.nz/
2. Click Click here to apply once you are logged in.
3. A list of countries would appear. Click Philippines.
– I like that they now show which scheme is open and which is not.
You can see here that the Philippine working holiday scheme is still closed so the page that would show after cliciking it is this:
Tip: This no-slot-available page must be the page you are refreshing before 10 AM NZDT. Refresh from time to time until ‘Apply Now’ appears.
– A reader prompted me to check the form and it now shows this:
It says, “There is no scheme open for this country.”
Whichever screen that shows on application day, this should still be the page you will be refreshing.
Once the scheme is open you should see this:
When this shows click Apply Now.
4. The form should load next. It has the following sections:
– Personal details
– Visa details (if applying from New Zealand)
– Occupation Details
D. Working Holiday Specific
Error messages that may appear in this section depending on your answers:
– Appears when you put a birthdate out of accepted range.
- Appears when you answer No to the credit card question.
Identification Type dropdown box:
Note: This form of ID is not required to submit.
Occupation details – still not required
Visa details – Only appears if applicant is in New Zealand.
Working Holiday Specific
– Only appears once you have finished the first three sections
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. 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:
5. Once all the sections have checkmarks, scroll up then click Submit your Application.
6. Read and answer the declarations. Click Submit.
7. You will be notified you need to pay the application fee to secure your place. Click Pay Now.
8. Click Next Step – Proceed to Secure Payment Site.
9. Write Payer Name as instructed and click OK.
10. Select card type.
Only credit or debit cards with the Visa or MasterCard logo will be accepted.
11. Enter card details. Click Pay Now. The amount charged will be NZD 208 or the equivalent amount of your credit or debit card currency.
Tip: If you are using a debit card, please allot extra money for exchange rate fluctuations and foreign currency fee.
12. Check confirmation text from your credit card company (if applicable).
Please disregard the amount. The visa application fee was NZD 165 in 2014-2015.
This form has been published in a number of backpacking websites so please feel free to countercheck. The only difference is the country listed.
Again as I mentioned in the earlier guide, you should use this guide to memorise or at least familiarise yourself about the layout of the form. Plan your strategy properly. I used an Excel file to list my answers before and I only copied and paste. Others used other apps.
Please note that you are not to open forms of any other countries other your country of citizenship. I read somewhere on the internet that someone’s application was denied because she practised filling out another country’s application form some weeks ago and that application had gone through because the scheme she 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. Otherwise it is still your risk to take.
If you have tried applying in the previous year and still have an active form, your form will be deleted before the scheme for the current year opens. I guess if you have an open Philippine Working Holiday Visa application form you can practise filling it out. You won’t be able to submit it anyway as this would appear:
Once again good luck, applicants! If you have any questions, please have a look at the frequently asked questions. If you still do not know what the Philippine Working Holiday Visa is, have a look in the Working Holiday Visa for Filipinos blog. Otherwise if the question still has not been asked, please do not hesitate to write on the comments section. Please note though that I am not a licensed immigration adviser so do not consider the information listed in this blog as professional advice.