Information about China Special Work Visa

You can apply for this visa if you’re a citizen of the People’s Republic of China and you’re qualified to work as a chef, traditional medicine practitioner, Mandarin teacher’s aide, Wushu martial arts coach or tour guide. You’ll need to have a New Zealand job offer in one of these occupations to apply. If you’re granted a visa, you’ll be able to come to New Zealand to work in the job you were offered.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Up to 3 years

Quota

At any one time under the China Special Work Category, New Zealand can have:

  • 200 Chinese chefs
  • 200 traditional Chinese medicine practitioners
  • 150 Mandarin teacher’s aides
  • 150 Wushu martial arts coaches
  • 100 Chinese tour guides

You can

  • Come to New Zealand to work in a China special work occupation.
  • Study for up to 3 months.

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 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.

New Zealand job offer

You must have an offer of full-time work

You must provide:

  • a copy of a job offer of full-time work from your New Zealand employer
  • your employer’s name and contact details
  • a copy of your job description
  • a copy of your employment agreement.

Employment agreements and rights

Your New Zealand job offer must be for one of the following special work occupations:

  • Chinese chef
  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner (including nurses)
  • Mandarin teacher’s aide
  • Wushu Martial Arts Coach
  • Chinese tour guide.
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.

If you want to study for longer than this you’ll need to apply for a student visa.

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.

After you’ve been back in China for 3 years, you can apply for another China Special Work Visa if you wish.

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 special occupations specified under the China Special Work Category
  • 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.

 

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.

Special occupations under China Special Work Caregory are:

  • Chinese chef
  • Traditional Chinese medicine practioners
  • Mandarin teacher
  • Wushu martial arts coach
  • Chinese tour guide.