In 2015, the coming of the New Year was very significant to me as that meant that it was only a month away from the Philippines Working Holiday Scheme in New Zealand application day. I learned about the visa a year before and I was not able to secure a slot so I promised myself that in the next year, I would be more ready. The working holiday visa has been my entry pathway to New Zealand from the Philippines and it may be yours as well. I want to share with you what I know about this visa and help you prepare for you upcoming visa application.
I arrived in New Zealand in late September 2015. I had not set-up a bank account yet nor I had made arrangements in securing an IRD number. I did not feel I had to get them early because I thought everything would be smooth-sailing. Even though New Zealand is generally a very efficient country, my experience was not painless.
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.
The 3rd of November is fast approaching and a lot of people wanting to go to New Zealand have ants in their pants waiting for this day. Why? On that date this year, New Zealand’s Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa application is opening once again for the 6th time since its inception in 2010 for young, highly skilled people all over the world. There are only 300 slots available for every citizen (except Australians and New Zealanders) annually so I cannot fault people for being anxious as this can be their golden ticket to New Zealand.
Update: This year 2017, application opens once again on 30 November, 10:00 NZ time.