Information about Indonesia Special Work Visa

If you’re a citizen of Indonesia and you’re a chef, Halal slaughterer or Bahasa teacher’s aide, you can apply for this visa. To apply, you need to have a New Zealand job offer for your special work and the necessary qualifications and experience to do that work. While you’re working in New Zealand you can enjoy our scenery, culture and friendly people.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Up to 3 years

Quota

At any one time, under the Indonesia Special Work Instructions, New Zealand can have:

  • 100 Indonesian chefs
  • 20 Halal slaughterers
  • 20 Bahasa teachers’ aides

You can

  • Come to New Zealand to work as an Indonesian chef, Halal slaughterer or Bahasa teachers' aide.
  • If you’re offered more work, apply for an extension to stay in New Zealand for another year, allowing a total stay of up to 4 years.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

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 as long you continue to meet all of the visa criteria.
  • You can't include a 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.

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.

ANZSCO Skill Level

The work you’ve been offered must be assessed at the appropriate ANZSCO skill level

We use the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) to assess if your job offer meets the appropriate skill level for us to grant you a visa under the Indonesia Special Work Category.

If you’re a chef, your job offer must be assessed as ANZSCO Skill Level 3.

If you’re a Halal slaughterer or a Bahasa teacher’s’ aide, your job offer must be assessed as ANZSCO Skill Level 4.

If we’re not sure about the skill level of the work you’ve been offered, we may contact you or your employer for more information.

For more information about the ANZSCO skill level for your occupation, visit:
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Citizenship

You must be a citizen of Indonesia

You must provide a valid Indonesia passport.

Also provide your Kartu Keluarga.

Location

You must be living in Indonesia when you apply

Any documents that prove you're living in Indonesia now. Examples include:

  • current utility bills
  • recent pay slips.

If you’re already in New Zealand on an Indonesia Special Work Category Visa and you’re applying for an extension, it’s OK for you to apply while in New Zealand.

New Zealand job offer

You must have an offer of full-time work

You must provide a copy of your employment agreement for full-time work, which must include:

  • a description of your job as an Indonesian chef, Halal slaughterer or Bahasa teacher’s aide
  • your employer’s name and contact details
  • details of the wages or salary your employer guarantees to pay
  • your working hours
  • the length of your contract.

Ordinarily resident

You must live in Indonesia permanently

Any documents that prove you live in Indonesia permanently. Examples include:

  • letters sent to your home address
  • tax records
  • references from your employer.

Qualifications and/or work experience

You must have a qualification or practical work experience relevant to the special work you’ve been offered

Your evidence may include:

  • a copy of your qualification
  • a letter from your previous employer(s) explaining the work you’ve done for them.

ANZSCO sets out the qualifications and/or work experience that are relevant for your occupation.

For more information about the work experience and/or qualifications you’ll need, visit:
Australian Bureau of Statistics

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

You can also do any training required by your employer as part of your employment.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires

If you’ve been in New Zealand for 3 years on an Indonesia Special Work Category Visa and you’re offered more special work, you can apply to extend your stay for another year.

If you’ve already been in New Zealand for 4 years on an Indonesia Special Work Category Visa, you can only apply for another Indonesia Special Work Category Visa after you’ve been outside of New Zealand for 3 years.

Employers

Employer obligations

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

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 work as a chef, Halal slaughterer or Bahasa teacher’s aide that is assessed at the appropriate Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) skill level for the work
  • be for at least 30 hours a week and be ongoing for up to 3 years
  • guarantee to pay wages or salary
  • set out the tasks they’ll be doing
  • include your name and contact details
  • set out their working hours and the length of their contract
  • comply with New Zealand employment law.

If you’re offering work:

  • as a chef, your job offer must be assessed as ANZSCO Skill Level 3.
  • as a Halal slaughterer or a Bahasa teacher’s’ aide, your job offer must be assessed as ANZSCO Skill Level 4.

 

ANZSCO skill levels | Australian Bureau of Statistics

Employer responsibilities and obligations

You must meet the minimum rights and obligations as an employer

As an employer, this means:

  • paying the same market rate you would pay a New Zealander to do the work
  • meeting holiday and leave requirements
  • providing a safe workplace.

 

Minimum employment rights