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Philippine Working Holiday Visa: Frequently Asked Questions

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Philippine Working Holiday Visa: Frequently Asked Questions

Some frequently asked questions for Philippine Working Holiday Visa

1. I am currently in my fifth (or third or fourth) year of study, will I meet the three-year tertiary requirement?
– No. The Philippine Working Holiday Visa information page in the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) website clearly states that “You must have a tertiary qualification.” In other words you need to have graduated first before you can qualify for the visa. Tertiary education definition and study length period may vary depending on different countries so they put you must have studied for the qualification at least three years as this is the standard in New Zealand.

2. I am a Filipino citizen living outside the Philippines, can I still apply?
– Yes as long as you meet all the requirements. The Philippine Working Holiday Scheme fortunately does not require an applicant to be ordinarily resident of the country named in particular working holiday scheme and to be living in the country of citizenship upon application (like China).

3. I currently live outside the Philippines, can I process my application in the nearest visa application centre (VAC)?
– No. Ever since the Philippine Working Holiday Visa Scheme opened, applications had always been handled by INZ Manila unless the applicant is currently in New Zealand on application day. In the latter’s case, the application will be handled by a New Zealand INZ branch.

4. I have family in New Zealand, can they sponsor me for this visa?
– The rules clearly stipulate that you must have the funds. If you need your family’s help in securing the funds, they must send you money and you should keep that money in an account in your name.

5. I am turning 31 this 2018, can I still apply?
– As long as you are still 30 years old on 7 February 2019, you can still apply.

6. Can I use a Philippine-based medical insurance provider?
– I think you could but do you not think it is better to use a New Zealand-based one just in case? It will be easier to claim against a New Zealand insurance company while in New Zealand.

7. Is there another payment method other than paying by credit card or debit card with Visa or MasterCard logo?
– There is none. There is a question on the form whether or not you have a credit card. If you answer no, then the system will not let you proceed.

10. Can I use another person’s credit card or debit card?
– Yes and please make sure you have the owner’s permission to use it. Please also make sure that the card has enough balance.

11. My passport is expiring this 2019 or 2020, can I still apply?
– No, the system will not let you proceed. You must have at least 15 months before the expire date on 2.07 2019

11. I still have a valid visa in New Zealand, can I apply for this visa? / I am currently in New Zealand on a temporary visa, can I apply for this visa?
– Yes, as long as you meet all the requirements and except if you are holding a limited visa.

12. Can I practise on another country’s working holiday form?
– No. Never do it with your own passport number!!!! Someone I know practised on a visa fee free country and her application went through. She is not a citizen of that country. When she was able to get a slot in the Philippine working holiday scheme, her application had been denied due to false declarations. So nope. Do not do it.

13. Will they refund my application if the application is declined?
– No, there is no such thing as refunding application fees when the application is declined. There is no guarantee of visa approval when you get a slot and that does not mean there will be a refund.

14. I have filled out a form for last year’s application, can I use it this year?
– No, the system will delete the previous year’s form before the application opens for the current year.

15. Do I need to upload any documents during application?
– No.

16. Is there an interview?
– None

17. What can I submit as proof of funds?
– Bank statements, credit card statements (with enough balance), bank drafts, traveller’s cheques. You cannot use investment portfolios and similar products.

18. Will I get the application fee back if I am not part of the 100 applicants?
– You will not be able to pay anymore if there is no slot available. No payment, no slot.

19. What can I use as National ID?
– The Philippines does not have an official National ID so you may use any ID issued by the government. (e.g. PRC ID, UMID, voter’s ID, etc)

20. The birth certificate does not have an issue date.
– You can use the day printed on the receipt. If you do not have a receipt anymore, just pick any date. It does not matter.

21. Do I need to register on the website before application day?
– Definitely. You would not have enough time to register on the application day itself.

22. Do I need to have the medical and IELTS before securing a slot?
– No for the medical. Your money will be wasted if you don’t get a slot and you won’t have anything to use the medical for. Yes for the IELTS or any other English exam if you cannot provide a certificate of medium of instruction from your school.


1. Do I need to submit a copy of the secondary ID I selected?
– No, they do not require the secondary ID to be submitted.

2. Do I need to send proof that I already have purchased medical insurance?
– No, you only need to attest that you will buy travel insurance if your visa has been approved and when you are flying to New Zealand soon. Although there had been instances that the Case Officer had asked for an actual insurance certificate. Be ready, just in case.

3. If I am granted a visa, can I change my intended travel date?
– Yes, plans change all the time.

4. Do I need to submit an airline booking with my documents?
– No.

5. How long until they decide on my application?
– As long as the INZ needs. mostly 2 weeks

6. I have a certified copy of a document issued many years ago, can I still use it?
– Yes, certifications technically do not expire. There are New Zealand institutions though that require certifications to be recent so be mindful of that in the future. INZ is not one of those institutions.

7. My transcript of records shows ‘for employment purposes’ (or insert any other purpose here other than visa application), can I still use it?
– Yes, as long as it is a clear certified copy.

8. Can I send copies of my documents through email?
– No, please follow the instructions in the email.

9. How long do I have to submit my documents?
– 15 calendar days.

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