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Working Holiday Visa New Zealanders

Belgium and New Zealand signed an Agreement on a Working Holiday Scheme on 8 April 2003 in Brussels. This Agreement came into force on 1 November 2004. It aimes at allowing young Belgians to go to New Zealand and young New Zealanders to come to Belgium, for a maximum period of one year. The main purpose of their journey ought to be be holidaying while working is permitted as a secondary occupation to augment their financial resources.

Conditions for benefiting from the Agreement

Young nationals of New Zealand who wish to take advantage of the provisions of this Agreement should:

  • have a holiday in Belgium as their primary intention, employment being incidental and accessory;
  • be aged between 18 and 30 years at the time of application;
  • hold a valid passport;
  • possess a valid return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;
  • have sufficient means, i.e. a minimum of EUR 2,500;
  • be a first time applicant under this Scheme;
  • submit a medical certificate issued by a medical doctor appointed by the Belgian Embassy or Consulate, stating that they have no disease or infirmity that may endanger public health, order or security (the list of such diseases is annexed to the Belgian Law of 15 December 1980 on Access to the Territory, Residence, Settlement and Expulsion of Foreign Nationals);
  • produce a document vouching for their good character;
  • have comprehensive medical and hospitalisation insurance for the duration of their stay.

How to apply

Apply for a long-stay visa (“autorisation de séjour provisoire”/”machtiging tot voorlopig verblijf” – temporary residence permit) to the Belgian Embassy in Canberra:

Embassy of Belgium
19 Arkana Street
Yarralumla ACT 2600
AUSTRALIA
tel: + 61.(0)2/6273.2501 fax: + 61.(0)2/6273.3392
Email: canberra@diplobel.fed.be

Documents you have to submit

  1. Two completed and signed application forms, witnessed by a Justice of the Peace.
  2. Two recent identity photographs.
  3. Your New Zealand passport.
  4. Application fee. The preferred method is provision of credit card details. Please refer to the Payment Options.
  5. Proof of having paid the Contribution fee. 
  6. An original National Criminal History Record Check (Name check) not older than six months on the day you submit your application, delivered by the competent authority. This document has to be legalised by means of an Apostille. You can obtain the Apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia / Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand. See “Obtaining Documents”.
  7. A recent medical report stating that you are not suffering of any contagious diseases; the validity of this report is of 3 months after the date of issue. The medical exam is to be done by a MD appointed by the Embassy. A blood test for syphilis and a chest x-ray for tuberculosis must be undertaken first, so that you can hand the results to the designated doctor. If you live 150 km or more away from a designated doctor, you can choose a different doctor. Please let us have his name and address along with his telephone and fax number or his e-mail address. The Embassy will then need to legalise the medical report.
  8. Proof of sufficient funds (a bank statement in your name).
  9. A flight itinerary for a return flight or proof of a one way flight plus proof that the applicant has sufficient funds to purchase the return leg.
  10. Travel insurance for the entire period of stay, including medical cover of at least AUD 48,000.
  11. Postage fee for a international registered post envelope (not trackable once in New Zealand) or arrange courier pick-up once the visa has been issued.

We may always request further information.

Visa application fee - Click here

Contribution fee info - Click here

A personal appearance is required.

If you cannot make a personal appearance and you have to send your application by mail, the following requirements apply:

(1) Your signature on the application form must be notarised (certified) by a notary public or a justice of the peace at your place of residence.
(2) Do not send your form and documents to a Honorary Consul, only to the Embassy in Canberra

Important remarks

  • Upon arrival in Belgium you must register within eight days at the Town Hall (administration communale - gemeentebestuur) of your chosen place of residence. Whenever you change your residence you must report to the Town Hall of the place you are leaving and of the place you are going to. If you do not know which municipality you are living in, call the Telephone Information Unit whose contact details are given below.
  • You are allowed to engage in study or training programmes but the total duration of such programmes should not exceed three months.
  • You do not need a work permit but access to some professions is regulated and depends on your qualifications or certificates/diplomas being recognised and on any rules of registration as a practitioner for those professions (e.g. medical or legal professions).
  • Obtaining the visa may take four to six weeks or more according to the time of the year. You must enter Belgium within the period of validity of your visa and report to the Town Hall of your chosen place of residence, where you will be issued with an identity card valid for the time of your stay (usually one year).
  • The yearly quota of Working Holiday Visas for New Zealand has been set at one hundred for now.