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.


If you want to travel in and out of New Zealand, you must have valid multiple entry travel conditions to return to New Zealand.

Varying the conditions of a work visa

If applying from inside New Zealand, we will normally give multiple entry travel conditions when we grant a student visa.

If there are no multiple entry travel conditions and you leave New Zealand, the visa will expire.

The travel conditions will be listed on the visa label, or in a visa letter.


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

You must be paid at or above the New Zealand median wage for work that is assessed as paying at or above the New Zealand median wage.

You must provide evidence of the payment of remuneration if requested by an immigration officer.


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

You may be able to do other study if it’s required by your employer as part of your employment.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

You can stay up to 3 years depending on the pay level of the job you are offered.

How long you can stay on an Essential Skills Work Visa

Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label or included in a visa letter.