Information about Religious Worker Work Visa

This visa is a great pathway to residence for people who are experienced or trained in religious work. To be granted an initial work visa, you’ll need to have an offer of religious work from a religious organisation as well as their sponsorship. If their offer of work and sponsorship continues, you can apply for a second work visa, then after 3 years in New Zealand, for a resident visa.


Up to 2 years

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Do religious work in New Zealand.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

Things to note

  • You can’t include a partner or dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.
  • Dependent children are eligible for visas if you will be earning at least NZ$43,322.76 a year, or the religious organisation sponsoring you agrees to sponsor your children too.


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