Information about Thai Chefs Work Visa

This visa helps qualified and experienced Thai chefs come to New Zealand for work. You can apply for this visa if you’re a citizen of the Thailand, have an offer of full-time work as a Thai chef, and the necessary qualifications and experience to do that work. While you’re working here, you can enjoy New Zealand’s scenery, culture, and friendly people.


Up to 3 years

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Work in New Zealand as a Thai chef for up to 3 years.
  • Apply for an extension to allow you to stay for another year, allowing a total stay of up to 4 years.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

Things to note

  • The time you can stay in New Zealand will depend on the length of your job offer.
  • If you’ve already spent 4 years working in New Zealand on a Thai Chefs Work Visa, you can apply for another one after you’ve spent 3 years outside of New Zealand.
  • 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.

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