Working temporarily in New Zealand can be used as a step towards gaining residence and settling here permanently.
If your talents are needed by New Zealand employers, or you have exceptional talent in the arts, culture or sports, you can apply to work in New Zealand under our Work to Residence category.
For prospects in your profession and information about how to go about finding a job, take a look at the Working in NZ section of the New Zealand Now website.
Find out about the different Work to Residence categories, and the requirements that you will need to meet to get a Work to Residence visa.
Start the application process.
If you are already in New Zealand on a Work to Residence visa, after two years you can apply for residence.
If you have been in New Zealand for a while and your circumstances have changed, find out how your visa may be affected.
If you have your Work to Residence visa and you want to find out what to do to prepare for departure and what to expect when you arrive, take a look at our I’m accepted – tell me more pages.
Accredited Employers List
Essential Skills in Demand Lists
Office and fees finder
Work Visa Application
Work Visa Guide
Application for Residence
Talent (Arts, Culture and Sport) Sponsorship Form
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