Information about China Skilled Workers Visa

If you’re a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and you’re qualified to work in an occupation that’s considered skilled work under the China Skilled Workers Instructions, you can apply for this visa. You’ll need to have a New Zealand job offer for work in your skilled occupation and New Zealand registration, if it’s needed to do your work in New Zealand. While you’re working here you can enjoy our scenery, culture and friendly people.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Up to 3 years

Quota

At any one time, a total of 1000 citizens of the People’s Republic of China can work in New Zealand under the China Skilled Workers Instructions, with up to 100 places available for each occupation.


You can

  • Come to New Zealand to work in a China skilled work occupation.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

China skilled work occupations


Things to note

  • The length of your stay will depend on the length of your job offer.
  • If you’re granted a visa for less than 3 years, you can apply for another visa for the balance of the time while you're in New Zealand. You’ll need to continue to meet all of the criteria to be granted another visa.
  • You can't include your partner or dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

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Criteria

Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements.

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

You must provide proof of your identity:

Acceptable photos

You may provide your original passport, or a certified copy when you submit your application. If you provide a certified copy we may request your original passport to complete your application.

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after you plan to leave New Zealand.

If you are a citizen of China and you submit a paper application form in China, you must also complete a supplementary form.

Supplementary form for Chinese citizens (INZ 1027) PDF 306KB

Also provide your:

  • Hukou (household registration book)
  • Chinese identity card.

Health

You must be in good health

You must have a chest x-ray and a medical examination as proof of your good health.

Getting an x-ray or medical examination

You must provide a chest x-ray completed in the last 3 months, even if you've provided one to us previously, if:

  • you have spent 6 consecutive months in China since the last x-ray certificate was issued, and
  • you are now coming to NZ for more than 6 months.

Character

You must be of good character

You may need to provide police certificates as proof of your good character.

If you are aged 17 or older and plan to stay in New Zealand for more than 24 months (including any time you have already spent in New Zealand), you must provide police certificates from:

  • any country you are a citizen of
  • any country you have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.

You do not need to provide police certificates if:

  • you have provided them to us with an earlier visa application, and
  • they were issued in the previous 24 months.

Good character

How to get a police certificate

If you provide a police certificate that is not in English, you must provide an English translation.

This includes police certificates that record no convictions.

Citizenship

You must be a citizen of the People’s Republic of China

You must provide a valid People’s Republic of China passport.

Also provide your:

  • Hukou (household registration book)
  • Chinese identity card.

Location

When you apply, you must be either living in China or lawfully in New Zealand

If you are living in China, you must provide documents that prove where you are living now. Examples include:

  • current utility bills
  • recent pay slips.

If you are in New Zealand, we will check our records to make sure you are in New Zealand lawfully.

It’s OK to apply while in New Zealand, if you’re here either:

  • on a visitor visa, which you were granted to arrange New Zealand registration for your occupation
  • on a work or student visa.

New Zealand job offer

You must have been offered a job in a ‘skilled work’ occupation

You must provide a copy of your employment agreement, which must detail:

  • the occupation that you’ll be working in that’s considered skilled work under the China Skilled Workers Instructions
  • your employer’s name and contact details
  • your working hours, which must be full-time
  • the length of your contract
  • details of any qualifications or experience you’ll need to do the work.

China skilled work occupations
Employment agreements and rights

For more information about skilled work under the China Skilled Workers Instructions, read:
Guide to Special China Temporary Class Visas (INZ 1157) PDF 249KB

Occupational registration

You may need New Zealand registration

You must provide us with a certified copy of your New Zealand registration if you’ll be working in one of the following occupations:

  • auditor
  • early childhood teacher
  • electrician
  • medical diagnostic radiographer or medical radiation therapist
  • plumber
  • registered Nurse
  • veterinarian

Occupational registration

If you need New Zealand registration to work in your occupation in New Zealand, you must come to New Zealand to start the registration process. You may apply for a visitor visa so you can do this. Before we can grant a visitor visa, we’ll need written confirmation from a New Zealand registration body that you’re eligible for registration.

Once you have New Zealand registration, you can apply for a China Skilled Workers visa.

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Conditions

Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us to take your photo, or provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if we ask you for them.

Work

You may work only in the specific occupation, for the employer and in the location specified on your visa.

Study

You can study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

Travel

You have to come to New Zealand within 6 months of the date your visa is granted.

After you arrive in New Zealand, you can come and go from New Zealand as many times as you like before your visa expires.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

If you wish, you can apply for another China Skilled Workers visa after your visa expires. You’ll need to been outside of New Zealand for 3 years before you can apply.

Employers

Employer obligations

New Zealand employers have certain obligations they must meet when employing a non New Zealand resident.

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What an employer needs to do

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Job offer

You must provide a written employment agreement, which your candidate will need to support their application

When your candidate applies for a visa, they must provide a copy of a written employment agreement, which must:

  • be for one of the occupations considered skilled work under the China Skilled work occupations
  • be for at least 30 hours a week and be ongoing for at least 12 months
  • include a full job description, terms and conditions for the job, and your contact details
  • comply with New Zealand employment law.

 

China skilled work occupations

Minimum employment rights

You don’t have to check if there are any New Zealanders available to do the work before you offer the job.