There are a number of requirements that you will need to meet to get a temporary work visa, and, later, to be eligible for a residence class visa. In this section you can find out whether you need a work visa, whether you will qualify, and what your work visa will allow you to do.
You do not need a work visa to work in New Zealand if you are:
Certain kinds of work do not require a work visa. If your employment in New Zealand involves visits for business negotiations, short-term sales trips, work for official trade missions recognised by the New Zealand government, or work for overseas governments, you may be able to do it while on a visitor visa. See what these options are and what they require.
There are a number of requirements that you and your employer will need to meet for you to qualify for residence under this category.
You must be:
When you apply you will have to supply us with a letter from the business’s chief executive officer that gives the following information:
You and your employer will need to supply proof of the business’s current operation. This can include, for example, original or certified copies of:
We will check that the business has the support of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).
We may also ask you to provide other information or documents when we assess your application.
To enter New Zealand you must:
If you are granted a temporary work visa you need to meet certain conditions during your stay:
If you break any of these conditions we may require you to leave the country immediately.
You can be refused a visa if:
If you are unsure if you would meet these character requirements, take a look at our examples of eligibility.
You, your partner and any child aged over 16 years included in your application must meet our minimum standard of English. There are different ways of showing that you and your family meet the minimum standard.
You can provide a recent International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate where you gained an overall band score of 4 or over in the IELTS General or Academic Module. The certificate must be less than two years old.
You can provide us with evidence that you have an English-speaking background or you can prove that you have good English language abilities through other means, such as:
We may still require you to provide an IELTS certificate to confirm you meet our English requirements.
For partners and dependent children over 16 years you may instead choose to pre-purchase English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tuition in New Zealand. Find out more about pre-purchasing ESOL tuition.
If you think that you meet the requirements, find out how to apply.
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