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Visas to work in NZ

New Zealand work visa options for you and your family

“Residency status, from our point view, indicates they're making a considered choice to move to New Zealand for the longer-term.”

Scott Campbell - Head of GIS, Eagle Technology
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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:

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.

Other visas

There are a number of other New Zealand visas not mentioned on this page, including ones for your partner or children. Visit Immigration New Zealand for the full list of visas.


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Register your interest

Take the first step to a new life by registering your interest with Immigration New Zealand. We’ll send you personalised emails about job opportunities in your profession, life in New Zealand and choosing the right visa.