This visa is for people who are looking for a pathway to live in New Zealand and who have a skill that’s needed by a New Zealand accredited employer. If an accredited employer offers you full-time work, you’ll be able to get a visa to work here. If you continue to work for that employer for 2 years, you’ll be able to apply to live in New Zealand permanently.
55 and under
With this visa you can
Work in New Zealand for the accredited employer who offers you work.
Apply for residence after 2 years of working for an accredited employer.
Things to note
You can’t include a partner or dependent children in your work visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.
You must be 55 or under
We’ll use the documents you provide as proof of your identity to confirm your age.
New Zealand job offer
You must have a job offer
Your job offer must:
be from an accredited employer
be current at the time you apply for your visa
be for Glossary forfull-time work
be for 2 years or more
pay at least NZ $55,000 a year (before tax)
be for work that is your employer’s main reason for being in business
make your employer responsible for the work that you do.
You must provide a copy of your employment agreement as evidence of your job offer. The employment agreement must include:
your employer’s name and contact details
your name and contact details
your job title
the address for your place of work
the kind of work you’ll be doing and your responsibilities at work
details of any necessary qualifications or work experience
information about whether you’ll need New Zealand registration to do the work
how long the work will be for
how long you have to take up the job offer
pay and work conditions that comply with New Zealand employment law.
You may need New Zealand registration
You must have full or provisional registration, if it’s needed to work in your occupation in New Zealand.
NZD $ 635
This is the fee for Immigration New Zealand to process your application.An immigration levy is payable and is included in the total amount above.
Timeframes and Processing
within 47 days
90% of applications are currently completed within this time. Timeframes are in calendar days.