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Work Visa For New Zealand

Should you wish to obtain a temporary work visa for New Zealand, then please be aware that there are certain requirements that you will need to meet. Temporary visas allow you to work, study and visit New Zealand for a set period of time. In some cases a temporary visa may lead to permanent residence.

Who should apply for a temporary work visa for New Zealand?

The temporary work visa for New Zealand is geared towards the following people:

  • People who have a job offer from a New Zealand employer.
  • People who are coming for a specific purpose or event.
  • People who wish to gain working experience in New Zealand.
  • People who wish to work after studying in New Zealand.
  • People who wish to join their partner and work.

People who do not need a visa

There are certain conditions where you will not need a work visa to work in New Zealand.

This applies to:

  • A New Zealand citizen.
  • If you hold a New Zealand residence visa.
  • An Australian citizen.
  • If you are the holder of a current Australian permanent residence visa including a current Australian resident return visa.

There are also certain types of work which do not require a work visa. If your employment in New Zealand involves certain visits or work for official trade missions recognised by the New Zealand government, or work for overseas governments, you may be able to do it while on a visitor visa.

Requirements for a temporary work visa for New Zealand

There are a number of requirements that all applicants need to meet for a temporary work visa.

To enter New Zealand you must:

  • Be in good health and of good character.
  • Have a passport that is valid for at least three months past the date you are to leave New Zealand.
  • Have genuine intentions and reasons for wanting to work in New Zealand.
  • Have the correct visa for your visit.

Should you be 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.

Please be aware that if you break any of these conditions you will be required to leave New Zealand immediately.

Requirements for different categories

As well as meeting the general requirements, you must meet the requirements of the category under which you are applying for a temporary work visa.

Temporary work visas are granted under different categories and it is essential that you also meet the requirements for that particular category.

What are the different New Zealand Temporary Work Visa categories?

Some of the many New Zealand temporary work visa categories include:

  • Essential Skills
  • Family Stream
  • Specific Purpose or Event
  • Students and Trainees
  • Study to Work
  • Work Exchange Schemes
  • China Skilled Workers Category
  • China Special Work Category
  • China Skilled Workers Category
  • China Special Work Category
  • Indonesia Special Work Category
  • Philippines Special Work Category
  • Vietnam Special Work Category