Information about Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

This visa is for people who are looking for a pathway to live in New Zealand and who have a skill that’s needed by a New Zealand accredited employer. If an accredited employer offers you full-time work, you’ll be able to get a visa to work here. If you continue to work for that employer for 2 years, you’ll be able to apply to live in New Zealand permanently.


Up to 30 months

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Work in New Zealand for the accredited employer who offers you work. You may still be eligible if the employer’s accreditation has already expired.
  • Apply for residence after 2 years of working for an accredited employer.

Things to note

  • You can only apply for this visa if you have already held a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa and you either are waiting for a decision on your Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa application, or you worked in the role the visa was issued for, were overseas when the border closed on 19 March 2020, and only returned after 31 October 2021.
    If you have a New Zealand work to residence visa
  • This visa will be replaced by the Accredited Employer Work Visa from 4 July 2022.
  • You can’t include a partner or dependent children in your work visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.
    New employer accreditation and work visa

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