To help you make sure you have everything you need to apply, please print out our checklist and follow the steps to apply.
Print and complete the form Work Visa Application (INZ 1015) PDF.
Also available is the Work Visa Guide (INZ 1016) PDF, which will help you to apply.
If you cannot print the form and guide, they are available from your nearest Immigration New Zealand branch.
You must submit everything listed at the front of the application form:
If you do not submit the required information with your application we cannot accept it for processing. This is the only evidence for which you need to provide original documents. For all other evidence, please supply photocopies only, as the documents will not be returned to you.
Note: There may be additional requirements you must meet depending on the country from which you are applying. Any special requirements are available from your local branch.
The other evidence that you must supply depends on whether you have a job offer.
If you are applying under our Study to Work Category but you do not have a job offer, you will be applying for a Graduate Job Search work visa for up to 12 months. You must provide:
Your offer of employment must be relevant to your qualification, and must be made on the Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113) PDF and submitted with your application form.
You must also provide evidence that you have completed a qualification or qualifications that meet(s) the qualification requirements.
If you are applying for a three-year work visa because you are working towards obtaining a membership or registration from a New Zealand professional association (such as the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants or the New Zealand Registered Architects Board), you need to provide us with more evidence.
The evidence that you supply depends on how long you intend to work in New Zealand.
You must provide a completed Chest X-Ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF if you have risk factors for tuberculosis. If you have already provided this certificate within the last 36 months you may not need to provide a new certificates.
You must provide a completed General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) PDF and Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF. If you have already provided this certificate within the last 36 months you may not need to provide a new certificates.
Pregnant women and children under the age of 11 years are not required to submit X-ray certificates unless a special report is required.
For full details on health requirements, see our guide Health Requirements (INZ 1121) PDF.
If you are applying for a work visa for two years or more, you must provide a police certificate, less than six months old, from your country of citizenship and from any country in which you have lived for five or more years since reaching 17 years of age.
If you are overseas, your application must be made and approved before you travel to New Zealand. Find out where to send your application.
If you are in New Zealand, you must send your application to your nearest Immigration New Zealand branch.
For more information about getting your documents together, how long the application process might take, and what you can expect from us, see more about applying for a visa.
Note: Many of our branches provide checklists with local requirements on their branch web pages.
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