Before you begin the application process, there is some important information for temporary work applicants.
You must hold a valid work visa before you begin working in New Zealand, so make sure you apply as early as possible if you have a date by which you must start your employment. You may apply for a work visa from within New Zealand or at one of our overseas branches.
Your partner or dependent children cannot be included in your application. They will need to apply for their own visitor, student or work visa to come to New Zealand.
Once you hold a work visa, your partner may be able to apply for a work visa under our Family Stream.
If you need to stay longer in New Zealand, you can apply for a further work visa.
You will need to allow enough time for a decision to be made on your application before your current visa expires. If your current visa expires, your application for a further visa does not make your stay in New Zealand lawful or give you the right to remain in New Zealand while your application is being considered.
There is no limit on the number of further visas you may obtain, however the category that you apply under must continue to be met. For some categories, such as Essential Skills, this will include a labour market check to find out whether any New Zealand citizens or residents have become available to take up the position for which you are applying for a work visa.
Follow the steps to apply for a temporary work visa under the relevant category.
Skill shortage list check
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