Information about China Skilled Workers Visa

If you’re a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and you’re qualified to work in an occupation that’s considered skilled work under the China Skilled Workers Instructions, you can apply for this visa. You’ll need to have a New Zealand job offer for work in your skilled occupation and New Zealand registration, if it’s needed to do your work in New Zealand. While you’re working here you can enjoy our scenery, culture and friendly people.


Up to 3 years

A total of 1000 citizens

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Come to New Zealand to work in a China skilled work occupation.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

China skilled work occupations

Things to note

  • At any one time, a total of 1000 citizens of the People’s Republic of China can work in New Zealand under the China Skilled Workers Instructions, with up to 100 places available for each occupation.
  • The length of your stay will depend on the length of your job offer.
  • If you’re granted a visa for less than 3 years, you can apply for another visa for the balance of the time while you're in New Zealand. You’ll need to continue to meet all of the criteria to be granted another visa.
  • You can't include your partner or dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

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