How long you can stay on a Specific Purpose or Event Work Visa

The time you can stay in New Zealand will depend on the specific purpose or event you need to complete.

The time you can stay in New Zealand to complete your specific purpose or event is detailed in the following table.
Specific purpose or event

Specific purpose or event How long you can stay
Senior or specialist business people on short-term secondments 12 months
Business people being transferred from one part of a multinational company to another in New Zealand 3 years
Business visitors who need to stay in New Zealand for more than 3 months for business reasons 12 months
Investors who have applied for residence and want to investigate investment opportunities 12 months
Sports referees and people in New Zealand to judge a show, display or exhibition For the length of your engagement – not usually more than 6 months
Dance and music examiners For the time needed to conduct the exams – not usually more than 6 months
Installers and services of specialised machinery or equipment 3 months
Sports players and professional coaches If you’ll be coaching at a national or regional level, you can stay up to 3 years, otherwise 12 months.
Philippines nurses seeking occupational registration Up to 3 months
Other For the time it takes to carry your specific purpose or event - not usually more than 6 months