About this visa Essential Skills Work Visa

If you’ve been offered a full-time job, and you have the necessary qualifications and experience to work in that job, you can apply for a temporary visa to work in New Zealand. Your employer must have checked if any New Zealanders were available to do the work, before offering you the job. If you're granted this visa, you’ll be able to support visa applications for your partner and dependent children.


Up to 5 years depending on the skill level of the job you’re offered

How long you can stay

All Visa Conditions

With this visa you can

  • Work in New Zealand for an employer who has offered you a 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

  • Your employer needs 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 can apply seperately for visas based on their relationship to you. For your dependent children to be eligible for a visa, you’ll need to be earning at least NZ $37,090.68.
  • This visa doesn't allow self-employment. If you want to be self-employed, you can apply for an Entrepreneur Work Visa.

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