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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.

What Work visa is Right for you?

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 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.

I want to come 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.

My partner is a New Zealand citizen or resident

If you live together in a genuine and stable relationship, you may be able to apply for a Partnership Work visa which would allow you to work in any occupation for any employer in New Zealand.

Do you need help with your work visa? Fill out the form below!