How we define a specific purpose or event

You must be coming to New Zealand for an acceptable specific purpose or event to apply for a Specific Purpose Work Visa.

Types and evidence of specific purposes and events

You can apply fo a Specific Purpsoe Work Visa if you are coming to New Zealand for an acceptable specific purpose or event. The evidence you need to provide depends on what purpose or event you need to be in New Zealand for, and for how long.

Check to see if you are eligible for a Specific Purpose Work Visa.

Specific Purpose Work Visa

Short-term secondments

You can apply if you are a senior or specialist business person on a short-term secondments who has a job offer with a substantial New Zealand company or a New Zealand subsidiary of an overseas company.

You must provide

  • evidence of a job offer that complies with New Zealand employment law
  • terms of the secondment, including duration
  • a completed Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113)
  • evidence you are an executive or senior manager or specialist personnel.

In addition you must also provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

Business people being transferred

You can apply if you are a business person being transferred from one part of a multinational company to another in New Zealand as an executive or senior manager, or specialist personnel.

You must provide:

In addition you must also provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

Business people in New Zealand for more than 3 months

You can apply if you are a business person wanting to do business activities in New Zealand who has genuine business reasons to be in New Zealand for more than 3 months in any 1 year.

You must provide evidence of:

  • the amount of time you need to be in New Zealand
  • your business activities in New Zealand.

Principal applicants investigating investment opportunities

You can apply if you are a principal applicant investigating investmentopportunities and making direct investments in New Zealand

You must have received approval in principal under one of these visa categories:

  • Investor 1 Resident Visa
  • Investor 2 Resident Visa
  • Parent Retirement Resident Visa.

You do not need to provide any additional evidence.

Principal applicants applying for an Entrepreneur Residence Visa

You can apply if you are a principal applicant for residence under the Entrepreneur Residence Visa who currently holds a valid visa granted under the Entrepreneur Work Visa or Long Term Business Visa instructions.

You must provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

You do not need to provide any additional evidence.

Referees or judges

You can apply if you are coming to New Zealand to referee or judge sports events,  shows, displays or exhibitions.

You  must provide an invitation or schedule of events showing how long you will be in New Zealand.

In addition you must also provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

Dance and music examiners

You can apply if you are coming to New Zealand as a dance and music examiner from a recognised international teaching institution.

You must provide an invitation or schedule of events that sets out how long you will be in New Zealand.

In addition you must also provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

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

You can apply if you are coming to New Zealand to install or service specialised machinery or equipment supplied by an overseas company — if installing or servicing the equipment in New Zealand is a condition of purchase. You must provide evidence of that condition.

In addition you must also provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

Sports players and professional sports coaches

You can apply if you are a sports player or professional sports coach taking up a paid position in a New Zealand sports club.

You must provide: 

  • evidence of a job offer
  • a completed Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113)
  • evidence of the terms of the engagement with the club, if you are not a professional player.

People working in the entertainment industry

You can apply for an Entertainers Work Visa if you are coming to New Zealand to work on public or private performances, films, or video production as an entertainer, performing artist, film and video production crew, or associated support personnel.

Philippines nurses seeking occupational registration

You can apply if you are a Philippines nurse coming to New Zealand to get occupational registration.

You must provide: 

  • evidence of a job offer from a District Health Board
  • a completed Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113)
  • evidence of acceptance for the Nursing Council's Competence Assessment Programme.

Any other specific purpose or event

You can apply if you need to come to New Zealand for any other specific purpose or event you have demonstrated the skills, expertise or attributes for:

  • which are likely to benefit individuals or New Zealand, and
  • where there is no risk of a negative impact on opportunities for New Zealanders.

You must provide:

  • evidence of the specific purpose or event that you will be undertaking in New Zealand
  • evidence that satisfies an immigration officer that the nature of the work or the circumstances surrounding the work are such that it is not possible and/or appropriate for a New Zealand citizen or resident to take up the work
  • if you will be employed in New Zealand, evidence of a job offer and a completed Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113).

In addition you must also provide evidence you have enough money to support yourself while you are in New Zealand.

Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113) PDF 259KB

How long you can stay

How long you can stay in New Zealand on a Specific Purpose Work Visa depends on the event or specific purpose you need to complete.

How long you can stay on a Specific Purpose Work Visa

Applying for another Specific Purpose Work Visa

If you already have a Specific Purpose Work Visa, you may be able to apply for another one in some situations.

How long you can stay on a Specific Purpose Work Visa