Work Visa

The purpose of the work visa category is to enable New Zealand businesses or organisations to fill skill-shortages or hire professionals who have specialised skills that can’t be sourced locally. If you are interested in working in New Zealand temporarily or you already have a job offer from a New Zealand employer, you will need a valid work visa. There is a wide range of visa options under the work visa category, each option will apply to specific work situations.

Immigration New Zealand assess work visa applications on a case-by-case basis, and are not always straight-forward. There are a number of factors to consider before applying for a work visa such as, the nature of your job offer, your employer’s track record in employment relations, your work experience, skills, qualifications, health and character, etc. 

The main types of work visa options are:

  • Essential Skills

  • Work to Residence:

  • Long Term Skills Shortage

  • Accredited Employer

  • Talent (Accredited Employers) 

  • Work Visa Based on Partnership 

There are other visa options not mentioned in the list above. Some temporary work visas can lead to residence.

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