How long you can stay on a Specific Purpose Work Visa

How long you can stay in New Zealand depends on how long you need to be here to complete your specific purpose or event.

Specific purpose or event

You can apply for a Specific Purpose Work Visa if you are coming to New Zealand for a specific purpose or event.

How we define a specific purpose or event

How long you can stay

The length of your stay depends on your specific purpose or event. If you are on a Specific Purpose Work Visa you cannot normally apply for another one.

Short-term secondments

If you are a senior or specialist business person on a short-term secondment you can stay for up to 12 months. 

You can apply for another Specific Purpose Work Visa if it is necessary to complete your specific purpose or event.

Business people being transferred

If you are a business person being transferred from one part of a multinational company to another in New Zealand you can stay for up to 3 years.

You can apply for another Specific Purpose Work Visa if it is necessary to complete your specific purpose or event.

Business people in New Zealand for more than 3 months

If you are a business person wanting to to do business activities who needs to stay in New Zealand for more than 3 months you can stay for up to 12 months.

If you currently hold a Specific Purpose Work Visa you cannot apply for another one.

Principal applicants investigating investment opportunities

If you are an investor who has applied for residence and want to investigate investment opportunities you can stay for 12 months.

You can apply for another Specific Purpose Work Visa if it is necessary to complete your specific purpose or event.

Principal applicants applying for an Entrepreneur Residence Visa

If you are a principal applicant for residence under the Entrepreneur Residence Visa Category and you currently hold a valid visa granted under the Entrepreneur Work Visa Category or Long Term Business Visa Category you can stay for up to 9 months.

If you currently hold a Specific Purpose Work Visa you cannot apply for another one.

Referees or judges

If you are a referee or judge and in New Zealand to referee or judge a sports event, show, display or exhibition you can stay for the length of your engagement – not usually more than 6 months.

If you currently hold a Specific Purpose Work Visa you cannot apply for another one.

Dance and music examiners

If you are a dance and music examiner you can stay for the time needed to conduct the exams – not usually more than 6 months.

If you currently hold a Specific Purpose Work Visa you cannot apply for another one.

Installers or servicers of specialised machinery or equipment supplied by an overseas company

If you install and service specialised machinery or equipment you can stay for  up to 3 months.

If you currently hold a Specific Purpose Work Visa you cannot apply for another one.

Sports players and professional sports coaches

If you are a sports player and professional coach who will coach at a national or regional level you can stay up to 3 years, otherwise 12 months.

If you currently hold a Specific Purpose Work Visa you cannot apply for another one.

People working in the entertainment industry

If you are an entertainer, performing artist, film and video production crew, or associated support personnel you can apply for an Entertainers Work Visa and stay for the period of your engagement

Entertainers Work Visa

You can apply for another Entertainers Work Visa if it is necessary to complete your work.

Philippines nurses seeking occupational registration

If you are a Philippines nurse seeking occupational registration you can stay up to 3 months.

If you currently hold a Specific Purpose Work Visa you cannot apply for another one.

Any other specific purpose or event

If you need to come to New Zealand for any other specific event or purpose you can stay for the time it takes to carry your specific purpose or event — not usually more than 6 months.

You can apply for another Specific Purpose Work Visa if it is necessary to complete your specific purpose or event.