About this visa Occupational Registration Visitor Visa

You can apply for this visa if you want to come to New Zealand to obtain New Zealand occupational registration. Or you’re already in New Zealand, have applied for residence, and need more time to obtain your occupational registration. The appropriate New Zealand registration body must confirm you’re eligible for the registration process.


Up to 3 months

All Visa Conditions

With this visa you can

Things to note

  • Any training you do as part of your occupational registration must take less than 3 months.
  • If your occupational registration training will take more than 3 months, you’ll need to apply for a student visa.
  • Nurses from the Philippines who have a job offer from a District Health Board and have been accepted for the Nursing Council's Competence Assessment Programme should apply for a Specific Purpose Work Visa instead.

Specific Purpose Work Visa

The application process

Stage 1

1 Apply for your visa

Check if you need a Visitor Visa – Visa Waiver countries.

Visa Waiver countries

Check if you’re eligible to apply online. You can then apply and pay online.

Or apply on the paper form and send it to us with your application fee, immigration levy, and your supporting documents.

Use our Office and fees finder to find out how much you’ll need to pay, and where to send your application.

Eligible to apply online


2 We make a decision about your application

We’ll process your application as soon as we can.

Most online applications are processed within 20 days, and most paper applications within 25 days, but it can take longer in some situations.

If there’s anything else you need to do, we’ll be in touch.

Please check that you meet the detailed criteria before you apply for a visa or travel to New Zealand

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Visitor visa