Temporary work visas

New Zealand offers a range of work visas. All are temporary, though some can lead to residence.

Essential Skills work visas

You can apply for an Essential Skills work visa if you have specialist skills that New Zealand needs, and

  • the occupation is listed on one of our skill shortage lists, or
  • employers are unable to find a suitable New Zealand citizen or resident for the job.

Visa durations and conditions depend on the term of your job offer, your salary, and labour market conditions. Most work visas do not have an age limit.

If your occupation is on a skill shortage list

If you have a job offer for a full time job, and the occupation that is on one of our skill shortage lists, you can apply for an Essential Skills work visa. Your qualifications and experience must match those required.

The employer does not need to provide evidence of trying to recruit New Zealanders as INZ reviews the skill shortage lists regularly.

Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) website has lists of skills that are in demand.

Skill shortage list checker | Immigration New Zealand

If your occupation is not on a skill shortage list

If you have a job offer for a full time job, and the occupation is not on a skill shortage list, you can still apply for an Essential Skills work visa if no New Zealanders are available.

The employer must be able to prove that they:

  • have advertised the job in New Zealand, and
  • made genuine but unsuccessful efforts to find a New Zealand citizen or resident for the job before offering it to you.

Residence opportunity

If you have an Essential Skills work visa based on a skilled job, you may be able to gain enough points to qualify for a residence visa under the Skilled Migrant Category.

Skilled Migrant Category

Essential Skills work visas | Immigration New Zealand

Working holiday visa

You can apply for a Working holiday visa if you are aged either 18 to 30 or 18 to 35, depending on your citizenship. This visa is especially for young people who want to travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months (or up to 23 months if you are from the UK or Canada).

Working holiday visa

Work to Residence visas

There are 2 main types of Work to Residence visa - both allow you to work in New Zealand temporarily and then to apply for a Residence from Work visa after at least 24 months in the job.

Work to Residence: Long Term Skill Shortage work visa

You can apply for this visa if:

  • you have a permanent or long-term job offer, and
  • the job is in an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, and
  • your qualifications and experience match those required, and
  • you meet the age, health and character requirements.

Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa | Immigration New Zealand

Work to Residence: Talent (Accredited Employer) work visa

You can apply for this visa if:

  • you have a long-term or permanent job offer from an Immigration New Zealand accredited employer (accredited because they frequently employ migrants), and
  • your job offer meets certain requirements, and
  • you meet the age, health and character requirements.

Talent (Accredited Employers) Work 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.

It’s free and there’s no obligation.

 

 

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