Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Getting a working holiday visa
If you are Canadian, American, British (sigh), have a European passport or come from other well perceived countries, getting visas and a working holiday visa is easier than say if you were born in Iran or China. I don't make up the rules, but I probably should and be in control of more of the world but that is a different post altogether. Getting a working holiday visa is essentially very easy. Answer maybe a 25 minute questionnaire asking you health questions, what industry you work in, criminal record questions, if you have enough money to leave their country, what scheme you are applying under and other easy questions.
HOWEVER, to get my visa, it was more difficult than this. So I guess certain countries have specific criteria you need to meet to be allowed entry into their country. NZ for some reason is very concerned with tuberculosis. I'm not sure why but they probably have a good reason. All I know about TB is that it is some sort of chest/lung infection that is contagious. On their website they state that if you are from a list of countries, you are NOT a threat to have been infected. Canada is obviously on the list of low TB because...well..Canada is civilized and amazing. If you are from a country that is more prone to this disease or have spent 3 or more months traveling or living in one of these countries you need to get a chest X-ray that proves you are sufficiently healthy. Thailand is on this list. So go to your local hospital, get an X-ray and be on your way? OF COURSE NOT! You need to go to a certain "panel" doctor. So obviously there are no panel doctors near me so I had 15 days to get an appointment, get the X-ray to their embassy and await the results. Sort of long story short, flew to Bangkok, taxi to the hospital, no TB and sent off my X-ray in the mail to their embassy. 10 days later had my working holiday visa completed.
If you want to travel but still need to work like me, like a commoner, working visas are proving to be a great option. Super easy to get, easier if you haven't been to one of these high TB countries (http://glossary.immigration.govt.nz/LowTBRiskCountry.htm)
and hopefully a great experience. This is what I have to say about that. Enjoy your day. 70 days until New Zealand.
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien