Varying the conditions of a work visa

Some work visas restrict work to a particular occupation, employer or location. If your work visa has one of these restrictions you can sometimes change the conditions of your existing visa, instead of applying for a new visa.

If your work visa lets you work in any job, for any employer and in any location, you don’t need to apply for a variation of conditions.

You have a work visa and want to change the job, employer or location

You must provide:

  • Offer of employment
  • 'Application for a Variation of Conditions or a Variation of Travel Conditions' (INZ1020)
  • Application fee

If you wish to vary an Essential Skills Work Visa you must also provide:

  • Employment Agreement
  • 'Employer Supplementary' form (INZ 1113) completed by your new employer

If you need to work a notice period before leaving your current job, you should include a cover letter with your application which sets out how long that notice period is.

Changing the conditions on a Post Study Work Visa (employer-assisted)

If you have a Post Study Work Visa (employer-assisted) or we accepted your application for one before 26 November 2018, you can choose to have the job, location and employer removed. You can then work for any employer.

Changing a Post Study Work Visa

Essential Skills

If you have an Essential Skills Work Visa, and your job isn't on the skill shortage lists, you can only vary your employer. Otherwise, Essential Skills Work Visa holders need to apply for a new work visa to change job or location or to change employment to a lower skill-band.

Skill shortage lists

Employment Skill-Bands

You have a work visa and want to study

You can undertake study required by your employer as part of your employment, without varying the conditions of your work visa.

You can study for less than 3 months if you hold a work visa, or less than 6 months if you hold a working holiday visa, without varying the conditions of your visa.

To do other studies for more than 3 months you must provide:

  • Offer of place
  • Evidence you've paid the tuition fees
  • 'Application for a Variation of Conditions or a Variation of Travel Conditions' (INZ1020)
  • Application fee