Changing the conditions of a work visa

Some work visas come with conditions or rules about your employment. Find out if you can change these conditions.

Finding your visa conditions

Your conditions are recorded in your eVisa, on the visa label in your passport, or explained to you in a letter we sent you.

How to check the conditions of your visa

Conditions you can change

If your work visa comes with conditions you can apply to change:

  • the employer you work for
  • the job you are doing
  • the location you are working
  • how long you can study for while you work.

Even if you change the conditions of your visa, it will still expire on the same date.

You want  to change job, employer or location

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

Before you apply

If you are changing your job, employer or the location where you work, you need to include in your application:

  • an offer of employment
  • an employment agreement
  • our Employer supplementary form (INZ 1113), completed by your new employer, and
  • if you need to work out a notice period, a covering letter that sets out how long your notice period is.

Employer supplementary form (INZ 1113) PDF 388KB

If you have an Essential Skills Work Visa

This information is for holders of Essential Skills Work Visas issued before the category closed to new applications on 4 July 2022.

If you have an Essential Skills Work Visa, and your job is not on a skill shortage list, you can only apply to change your employer.

Skill shortage lists

To change job or location, you need to apply for a new work visa.

Accredited Employer Work Visa

If you hold a mid-skilled or high-skilled Essential Skills Work Visa and you are seeking to change to a job which is paid below the median wage.

Employment skill-bands for Essential Skills Work Visas

If you have 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

If you have a Talent (accredited employer) Work Visa

You must apply for a variation of conditions if:

  • you want to change your job to work for another accredited employer — you do not need to complete an Employer supplementary form (INZ 1113) as part of your application
  • your current job is no longer available for reasons outside your control, but you can get work for an employer who is not accredited.

Accredited employers list

Your new job must pay the same or more than the minimum salary you needed to earn when you applied for your visa.

If your employer loses their accreditation

If your employer loses or does not renew their accreditation, you can keep working for them without applying for a variation to the conditions of your visa.

Changing employers on a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

If you hold a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa you can change employers while preserving your pathway to residency without being affected by the old employer accreditation scheme closing.

Talent (Accredited Employer) visa holders can change to an employer who was accredited under the Talent (Accredited Employer) scheme, if your employer’s accreditation expired after 31 March 2021.

You can choose from a bigger pool of employers who have previously met accreditation requirements.

You want to study

If you want to study for more than 3 months on a work visa, you may need to apply for a variation of conditions or a student visa.

Your visa must match your main purpose for being in New Zealand. If your main purpose is still to work, but your study will complement this work, then normally you need to apply for a variation of conditions. If your main purpose is to study, then you should apply for a student visa.

When to apply for a variation of conditions

Apply for a variation of conditions if you want to study part time for more than 3 months. 

With your application you need to include:

  • an offer of place from the education provider you want to study with, and
  • evidence that you have paid the tuition fees.

When to apply for a student visa

Apply for a student visa if your study will be more important than your work. 

Explore visa options to study

When you can work and study without a student visa or a variation of conditions

If you are planning to study for more than 3 months, you do not need to apply for a variation of conditions or a student visa if:

  • your employer requires you to undertake the study as part of your employment, or
  • you have a working holiday visa and are studying for less than 6 months.

How to apply for a variation of conditions

Online form

Work visa holders can apply online for a variation of conditions. If you need to apply for a variation of travel conditions, you will need to apply on paper.

Application for a variation of conditions for work visa holders

On paper

Follow these steps.

  1. Download, print and complete the application form for a variation of conditions.
  2. Use our online tool to find out where to send your application and how much it costs.
  3. Send in your application with the fee and any supporting evidence.

Application for a Variation of Conditions or a Variation of Travel Conditions (INZ 1020) PDF 287KB

Our online tool also tells you how long it normally takes us to make a decision.

Fees, decision times and where to apply

Assessing your application

Before we approve your application we check that:

  • the new conditions you are asking for align with the reason your visa was originally granted
  • you have met the conditions of your current visa, and
  • you still have a genuine intention to work in New Zealand.

Genuine intentions to visit, study or work in New Zealand