About this visa Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa

This visa is for highly skilled young people who want to live and work in New Zealand long-term. To apply, you’ll need to have the right qualifications, and genuinely intend to look for skilled employment once in New Zealand. If you’re able to find long-term skilled employment, you may be able to apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category.


9 months

20-35 years

300 per year

All Visa Conditions

With this visa you can

  • Come to New Zealand to look for skilled employment.
  • Work for any employer in any occupation in New Zealand.

Things to note

  • Places fill up very quickly, so it’s a good idea to apply as soon as you can on the opening date.
  • You can only apply online, and while there are still places available.
  • You can't include a partner or dependent children in your visa application.

The application process

Stage 1

1 You apply online

You must apply online and in English. Before you can apply, you have to register for online services.

You’ll need to pay an application fee and immigration levy online using a valid Visa or MasterCard.

Have a look at our Office and fees finder to find out how much you’ll need to pay.


2 We ask for evidence to support your application

We’ll send you an email explaining what evidence you need to provide to support your application, which may include a request for an interview, and a date you need to send us your information by. If we don’t receive your evidence by this date, we have to assess your application without it.

If you’re concerned you may not have received your email, it’s a good idea to check your junk mail settings.



3 We make a decision about your application

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

Most applications are processed within 25 days, but it can take longer in some situations.

If after you apply online, there are any changes to your circumstances, you must let us know about those changes before you’re granted a visa.

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

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Silver Fern Job Search Work Visas