What is an 'open work visa', and how do I get one?

An ‘open’ work visa is one that allows the holder to work for any employer in New Zealand.

These types of work visa do not require an offer of employment at the application stage, but are only available to specific applicants applying under the following categories:

  • Working Holiday Visa schemes.
  • Partners of New Zealand citizens, resident visa holders, or of people who hold certain types of work or student visas in New Zealand.
  • New graduates, who have recently completed a qualification in New Zealand.

Working Holiday Visas

All options to bring or join family

Post Study Work Visa

If none of the above categories apply to you, you will need to obtain an offer of employment before applying for a work visa.

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