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Can I get a work visa without having a job offer?

Most of our work visa categories require an offer of employment from a New Zealand employer before you can submit an application for consideration.

The only exception is if you meet the requirements for one of our 'open' work visa categories such as a Working Holiday visa, a Partner of a Worker Work Visa, or a Post-Study Work Visa.

Explore Work Visa Options

If you want to be self-employed in New Zealand, you may need to look at our Entrepreneur Work visa.

Entrepreneur Work visa