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New Zealand Work Visa

For people who have a job offer from a New Zealand employer

There is a number of requirements that all applicants need to meet for a New Zealand work visa

To enter New Zealand you must:

  • be in good health and of good character, and
  • have a passport that is valid for at least three months past the date you are to leave New Zealand, and
  • be genuine in wanting to work in New Zealand, and
  • have the right visa for your visit.

If you are granted a temporary work visa you need to meet certain conditions during your stay:

  • the work you do must be in line with the conditions specified in your visa
  • you must keep within  New Zealand’s laws
  • you must only stay in New Zealand for the time allowed by your visa.

Here are the examples of New Zealand Work Visa categories

I have a job offer from a New Zealand employer

If you have a job offer from a New Zealand employer and do not fall under one of the categories for specialist workers below, you may apply for the Essential Skills New Zealand work visa.

I want to come to New Zealand for a specific purpose or event

Specific Purpose or Event Category is for people who want to work here temporarily for a particular purpose or event such as a tournament, a show or for certain professional reasons. See the requirements for this work visa.

I want to take part in a work exchange scheme

Work Exchange Scheme Visa Category is for people who want to take part in a work exchange scheme that has been pre-approved by us or is a government to government exchange scheme.

Still do not know which work visa category applies to you?

These examples will give you a better idea of which category of work visa you could apply under.

You are… You may be eligible to apply…
the partner of a New Zealand citizen or resident under our Family Stream.
a dog show judge coming to New Zealand as an international judge of the national dog show under our Skilled Stream: Specific Purpose or Event Instructions.
an American basketball player with a season contract to play for a New Zealand team under our Skilled Stream: Specific Purpose or Event Instructions.
a dental student with an offer from a New Zealand hospital for work experience which you need to further your studies under our Skilled Stream: Students and Trainees Instructions.
an actor contracted for six months for a role in a movie being filmed in New Zealand under our Skilled Stream: Specific Purpose or Event Instructions.
an interpreter from Japan with an offer of employment from a tourist operator. No New Zealand interpreters are available under our International/Humanitarian Stream: Interpreters from Japan.
an appliance service technician with an offer of employment from a New Zealand company under our Skilled Stream: Essential Skills work Instructions.

You are… You may be eligible to apply…
a senior executive of a company relocating to New Zealand. You are key to establishing the company in New Zealand under our Employees of Relocating Businesses Category.
a jockey who has been offered an apprenticeship with a New Zealand trainer under our Skilled Stream: Students and Trainees Instructions.
a crew member with a contract to join a foreign fishing vessel that will be fishing in New Zealand waters under our Skilled stream: General Work (Other) Instructions.
a Mormon missionary whose travel to New Zealand is supported by the Mormon church in New Zealand under our Special Work Instructions Stream: Ministers of Religion, missionaries and members of religious orders.
an auto electrician with an offer of employment from a New Zealand company under our Skilled Stream: Essential Skills Work Instructions.
a chief executive of a multinational company under our Skilled Stream: Specific Purpose or Event Instructions.
a pharmacist with an offer of employment from a New Zealand hospital under our Skilled Stream: Essential Skills Work Instructions.

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