french Working Holidays for New Zealanders
French working holiday visas are a type of residence permit allowing travellers to undertake employment (and sometimes study) in the country issuing the visa that allows them to work and to supplement their travel funds. For many young people, holding a working holiday visa enables them to experience living in a foreign country without undergoing the usual costly expenses of finding work sponsorship in advance or going on expensive university exchange programmes. Most working holiday visas are offered under reciprocal agreements between certain countries to encourage travel and cultural exchange between their citizens.
There are often several restrictions on this type of visa:
- Many are intended for young travellers and, as such, have an age restriction (usually from 18 to 30 or 35).
- There are usually limits on the type of employment taken or the length of time the traveller can be employed.
- The visa holder is expected to have sufficient funds to live on while employment is sought.
- The visa holder should have some kind of health or travel insurance for the duration of the stay unless the country will cover.
Citizens of New Zealand aged 18–30 may be eligible for a 1-year Belgian working holiday visa in the Belgium Federal Public. As Belgium is a Schengen Agreement signatory the 2 year Belgian working holiday visa serves as a Type D national visa which permits the holder to stay and work in the Kingdom of Belgium during the visa's period of validity, as well as travelling in the rest of the Schengen Area for up to 90 days in a 180-day period (i.e. a maximum of 180 days in the 25 other Schengen countries during the visa's 1 year validity)
Citizens of New Zealand are eligible for a Canadian working holiday visa, so long as they fulfill certain criteria which are specific to each country, such as being 18-35 years old etc.
Citizens of New Zealand aged 18–30 can apply for a one-year Frenchworking holiday visa in the France. As France is a Schengen Agreement signatory, the 1 year French working holiday visa serves as a visa which permits the holder to stay and work in France during the visa's period of validity, as well as travelling in the rest of the Schengen Area for up to 90 days in a 180-day period (i.e. a maximum of 180 days in the 25 other Schengen countries during the visa's 1 year validity).
what job can i do when there?
Past French Institute students have worked in the France, Belguim and Canada as:
- English teachers and tutors
- Aupairs and Nannies
- Hotel staff
- Call centre staff
- Bartenders and baristas
- English speaking Tour guides
- Super yachts Staff as deck hands and stewards
- and also voulunteered in communities ...
The French Institute recommends that you complete at least a Beginners French Course and ideally go on to the Improvers French Course before embarking on our 1 year French world adventure.
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