Information about Republic of Korea Special Work Visa

If you’re a citizen of the Republic of Korea and you’re qualified to work in a Republic of Korea Special Work occupation, you can apply for this visa. While you’re working here you can enjoy our scenery, culture and friendly people.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Up to 3 years

Quota

Up to 50 places available for each occupation


You can

  • Come to New Zealand to work in a Republic of Korea Special Work occupation.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

Republic of Korea Special 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 in New Zealand. You’ll need to continue to meet all of the criteria to be granted another visa.
  • 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.

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

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 Republic of Korea

You must provide a valid Republic of Korea passport.

Location

You must be living in your country of citizenship when you apply

Any documents that prove where you are living now. Examples include:

  • current utility bills
  • recent pay slips.

If you’re already in New Zealand on a Republic of Korea Special Work Visa and you’re applying for another visa for the balance of the 3 years, it’s OK for you to apply while in New Zealand.

Ordinarily resident

You must live in your country of citizenship permanently

Any documents that prove you live in your country of citizenship permanently. Examples include:

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

New Zealand job offer

You must have been offered a job in a ‘special 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 special work under the  Republic of Korea Special Work Instructions
  • your employer’s name and contact details
  • details of your pay and other conditions of your employment
  • 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.

Republic of Korea special work occupations
Employment agreements and rights

Occupational registration

If you want to work as a veterinarian, you must have New Zealand registration

If you’ve been offered work as a veterinarian, you must provide us with a certified copy of your registration with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand. 

Occupational registration

For more information about registration with the Veterinary Council of New Zealand, visit: 

www.vetcouncil.org.nz

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.

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.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

If you wish, you can apply for another Republic of Korea Special Work 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 special work under the Republic of Korea Special Instructions
  • 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.

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

The following occupations are considered special work under the Korea Special Work visa:

Biomedical Engineer, Food Technologist, Forest Scientist, Korean Language Instructor, Korean Tour Guide, Multimedia Designer (Film Animator), Taekwondo Instructor, Traditional Korean Medicine Doctor, Software Engineer, and Veterinarian.

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