Residence from Work Category

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

This category is a great way to ‘upgrade’ from a temporary work visa to a residence visa. As a resident you’ll be able to stay in New Zealand indefinitely and access most publicly funded services.

To be eligible you’ll need to:

  • have been in New Zealand on a Work to Residence visa for two years
  • meet health and character requirements

You’ll also need to satisfy the requirements of one of the following two pathways:

From an Accredited Employer work visa

If you were granted a temporary work visa to allow you to work for an accredited employer in New Zealand, you can apply for a residence class visa under Residence from Work (Accredited Employers) Category. These visas are known as Talent (Accredited Employer) visas. 

To be eligible you’ll need to:

  • 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
  • be currently employed and have a base salary of at least NZ$55,000 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

Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident visa

From a Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa

If you were granted a temporary work visa to allow you to work for an employer in New Zealand in an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, you can apply for residence under Long Term Skill Shortage List Category.

To be eligible you’ll need to:

  • 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.
  • be currently employed and have a base salary of at least NZ$45,000 per year
  • be 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

Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa

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