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How can I get a work visa?

There are several work visas available, that may be appropriate to your needs. Here is a brief outline of the main categories.

Working Holiday visa

This program is only available to selected countries that have a reciprocal agreement with New Zealand for a Working Holiday Scheme. Applicants must be citizens of those countries and aged between 18 and 30 (or between 18 and 35 for some schemes). There are also additional requirements for each of the selected countries that you must meet.

A job offer is not required for this application.

Working Holiday visas

Partner of a New Zealander work visa

If you are living with a New Zealand citizen or resident in a stable and genuine relationship, you may qualify for this type of work visa.

A job offer is not required for this application.

Partner of a New Zealander Work Visa

Essential Skills work visa

This type of application requires a job offer from a New Zealand employer and the process will centre around the nature of the job, your work experience, qualifications and the supporting information from your New Zealand employer.

Essential Skills Work Visa

Specific Purpose work visa

This type of application requires a job offer from a New Zealand employer, and it is most suited for specialised type of work such as entertainers, performing artists, film crew, sports coaches and players, business investors, and so on.

Specific Purpose Work Visa

Work to Residence work visa

If you have an exceptional talent in the arts, cultural or sports fields, or are qualified in a specialised or in-demand occupation, or have an offer of employment from an accredited employer in New Zealand, this work visa may be your path to residence in New Zealand. This application requires a job offer from a New Zealand employer.

Talent (Accredited Employer) work visa

Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa

Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) work visa

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Upcoming changes to work visas

On 17 September 2019, the Minister of Immigration announced changes to employer assisted temporary work visa categories that will take place after mid-2021.

Changes to temporary work visas