Residence from Work Category

Once you have been in New Zealand for 2 years on a Work to Residence visa, you may be eligible for residence status under the Residence from Work Category.

This is a great way to move from a temporary work visa to a residence visa. As a resident, you can live in New Zealand for as long as you like and access most publicly funded services.

To be eligible for residence status you must:

  • have been in New Zealand on a Work to Residence visa for 2 years, and
  • meet health and character requirements, and
  • meet the requirements of one of the 2 'pathways' to residence.

You may have a pathway to residence if you hold either a Talent (Accredited Employer) work visa or a Long Term Skill Shortage list work visa.

Residence from a Talent (Accredited Employer) work visa

You can apply for a Talent (Accredited Employer) resident visa if you:

  • have held a Talent (Accredited Employer) work visa for at least 24 months
  • have been employed full-time for that period by an accredited employer
  • are currently employed and have a base salary of at least NZ$79,560 per year
  • hold full or provisional registration to practice in your occupation in New Zealand (if applicable).

List of Accredited employers | Immigration New Zealand

Talent (Accredited Employer) Work visa | Immigration New Zealand

Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident visa | Immigration New Zealand

Residence from a Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa

You can apply for a Long Term Skill Shortage list resident visa if you:

  • have held a Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa for at least 24 months
  • have been employed full-time for that period in an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List
  • are currently employed and have a base salary of at least NZ$45,000 per year
  • are aged 55 years or younger
  • hold full or provisional registration to practice in your occupation in New Zealand (if applicable).

Check the occupations on the long term skill shortage list | Immigration New Zealand

Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa | Immigration New Zealand

Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa | Immigration New Zealand

Interested in coming to New Zealand?

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.

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Page last updated: 01/09/2020

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