Information about Essential Skills Work Visa

This visa was for people who had a job offer for a role that could not be filled by New Zealanders. It closed on 4 July 2022.


Up to 3 years

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Work in New Zealand for an employer who has offered you a full-time job.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12 month period, or do any study required as part of your employment.

Things to note

  • You can stay up to 3 years depending on the pay rate of the job you are offered.
    How long you can stay
  • Changes were made to Essential Skills visas to streamline application processing and increase visa duration.
    Essential Skills Work Visa changes
  • This visa closed to new applications on 4 July 2022 and has been replaced by the Accredited Employer Work Visa.
  • Your employer may need to try to recruit any suitable New Zealanders who are available to do the work before offering you the job.
  • Your partner or dependent children may be able to apply separately for visas based on their relationship to you.

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