You’re likely to need a job or job offer to apply for one of our resident or temporary work visas.
If you have specialist skills or work in an area of skills shortage, and have a qualification that is comparable to those that New Zealand employers are used to, you’ll find that there are great career opportunities for you here. For more information visit the Work in NZ section, which covers skill shortage areas, industry profiles, tips on job hunting and more.
Choosing the right visa
There may be a number of visas you are eligible to apply for – each with its own criteria and application process.
These popular resident visas allow you to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely and access most publicly funded services:
- Skilled Migrant Category – a points system based on factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment.
- Residence from Work – if you’ve held a Work to Residence visa for at least 24 months you can use this category to apply for resident status.
These popular temporary visas allow you to live and work in New Zealand for a set period time:
- Work visas – for people that work in a profession that is experiencing skill shortages or have a job offer from an accredited employer.
- Working holiday visa - designed for young people, usually aged 18-30, this option lets you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months, or 23 months if you’re from the UK.