Information about Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa

This visa is for people who already hold a Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa or Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa and want to stay in New Zealand to work in skilled employment. To apply you’ll need to have an offer of skilled employment for 12 months or more. Later, you can apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Up to 2 years


You can

  • Work in New Zealand doing the skilled employment that’s the basis for granting your visa.
  • Study for up to 3 months in any 12 month period.

Things to note

  • The time you can stay will depend on the length of your job offer.
  • If you’ve held one or more Silver Fern Practical Experience Visas in the past, you’ll only be eligible to apply again if the total amount of time you’ve held those visas was less than 2 years.
  • 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.

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

If you are submitting a paper application form, you must provide a supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students.

Supplementary form for Hong Kong and Macao visitors, workers and students (INZ 1220) PDF 322KB

Also provide your:

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

Also provide a copy of your 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

New Zealand immigration status

You must hold a Silver Fern Work visa

We’ll check our records for evidence you hold a Fern Job Search Work Visa or a Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.

Skilled employment

You must have an offer of full-time skilled employment for 12 months or more

You must provide a written employment agreement for skilled employment, which will need to include:

  • a detailed job description
  • the hours of work
  • the length of the employment
  • the salary or wages
  • the date you’ll be starting work.

We can’t grant a visa if your employer is included on the list of non-compliant employers maintained by the Labour Inspectorate.

List of non-compliant employers

If you’ve been offered a contract, provide your contract for service instead.

Occupational registration

You may need New Zealand registration to work in your occupation in New Zealand

If registration is required to work in your occupation in New Zealand, you must provide either:

  • a certified copy of your full or provisional New Zealand registration
  • confirmation from the appropriate registration body that you’re eligible for New Zealand registration.

Occupational registration

Previous applications

You must not have held Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa for more than 2 years in total

We’ll check our records for any previous applications.

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

After you arrive, you can travel in and out of New Zealand as many times as you like before your visa expires.

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

Study

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

Work

You can work in the specific occupation, for the specific employer, in the specific location that was the basis for your visa being granted.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

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

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 an offer of full-time skilled employment for 12 months or more

You must provide a written employment agreement or contact for service for skilled employment, which will need to include:

  • a detailed job description
  • the hours of work
  • the length of the employment
  • the salary  or wages
  • the date you’ll be starting work.

Employer supplementary form

You must complete an ‘Employer Supplementary Form’

You’ll need to give your completed form to your candidate, who will need to include it with their work visa application together with their employment agreement.

Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113) PDF 259KB