You may be eligible for a work visa if you are coming to New Zealand for a specific purpose or event for which your skills, attributes or expertise will benefit New Zealand.
You can apply under these instructions if you are:
If you are a tour guide, leader or escort and you will be working while you are in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a specific purpose work visa before you arrive. Working is any activity resulting in gain or reward, including any form of payment or benefit that can be valued in terms of money, such as board and lodging, goods (e.g., food or clothes) and services (e.g. transport).
If you are granted such a specific purpose visa, it will generally be endorsed with multiple journey conditions. This will allow you to travel to New Zealand multiple times for the duration of your visa with one month stay each visit.
The following durations will generally apply:
If you want a work visa for some other specific purpose or event, you will need to satisfy us that:
In addition to meeting our health and character requirements, you need to:
Before we grant a work visa we will ensure that:
If you are eligible, your partner or any dependent children can apply for a visitor visa to accompany you for the length of your stay. If they meet our requirements, dependent children may instead apply for a student visa.
If you need a work visa and, and you meet the requirements, find out how to apply.
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