Visa factsheet Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa

This visa is for people who are looking for a pathway to live in New Zealand and who have a skill that’s needed by a New Zealand accredited employer. If an accredited employer offers you full-time work, you’ll be able to get a visa to work here. If you continue to work for that employer for 2 years, you’ll be able to apply to live in New Zealand permanently.

Overview

Overview

Duration

30 months

Age Range

55 and under


With this visa you can

  • Work in New Zealand for the accredited employer who offers you work.
  • Apply for residence after 2 years of working for an accredited employer.

Things to note

  • You can’t include a partner or dependent children in your work visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

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Criteria

Meeting the criteria

This visa is for people who are looking for a pathway to live in New Zealand and who have a skill that’s needed by a New Zealand accredited employer. If an accredited employer offers you full-time work, you’ll be able to get a visa to work here. If you continue to work for that employer for 2 years, you’ll be able to apply to live in New Zealand permanently.

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

  • 2 acceptable photos if you use a paper application form or 1 photo if you apply online.
  • your passport or certificate of identity.

Acceptable photos

If you submit a paper application, you may provide your original passport, or a certified copy. However we highly recommend you provide your original passport. This will enable us to process your application faster and it may be needed to complete your application.

If you apply online, you must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. You may need to send your passport after you've applied.

Sending your passport for online applications

Please also provide a copy of your Identity card.

You should also provide a copy of 

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

If you are a citizen of China submitting a paper application form in China, you must also provide a supplementary form for Chinese citizens.

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

Character

You must be of good character

If you’re 17 or over, you must provide a Police Certificate from:

  • your country of citizenship
  • any country you have lived in for five years or more since attaining the age of 17 years.

Find out what good character is

How to obtain a police certificates

Police Certificates must be less than 6 months old when you apply.

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.

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.

Bona fide

You must genuinely intend to meet the conditions of your visa

When we assess if you’re bona fide, we’ll consider all of the information that:

  • you provide to support your application
  • we have about your personal circumstances and any previous applications.

Bona fide

Age

You must be 55 or under

We’ll use the documents you provide as proof of your identity to confirm your age.

New Zealand job offer

You must have a job offer

Your job offer must:

  • be from an accredited employer
  • be current at the time you apply for your visa
  • be for full-time work
  • be for 2 years or more
  • pay at least NZ $55,000 a year (before tax)
  • be for work that is your employer’s main reason for being in business
  • make your employer responsible for the work that you do.

You must provide a copy of your employment agreement as evidence of your job offer. The employment agreement must include:

  • your employer’s name and contact details
  • your name and contact details
  • your job title
  • the address for your place of work
  • the kind of work you’ll be doing and your responsibilities at work
  • details of any necessary qualifications or work experience
  • information about whether you’ll need New Zealand registration to do the work
  • how long the work will be for
  • how long you have to take up the job offer
  • pay and work conditions that comply with New Zealand employment law.

Accredited Employers List

Job offer scams are common in India and South Asia, please ensure your job offer is genuine.

How to determine how realistic the job offer is

Occupational registration

You may need New Zealand registration

You must have full or provisional registration, if it’s needed to work in your occupation in New Zealand. 

Occupational registration

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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Visa conditions

Visa conditions

If you are granted a visa, there are conditions that you must meet. These visa conditions are described below.

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’ll be given on the way to 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 take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them.

Travelling to and arriving in New Zealand

Travel

After your visa is granted, you have 3 months to arrive in New Zealand.

After your arrival, you can travel in and out of New Zealand for 30 months.

Work

You have to work in the specific occupation and for the specific accredited employer detailed in the job offer that was the basis of your work visa application.

If your employer loses accredited employer status after you're granted a work visa, you can:

  • work for another accredited employer
  • apply for a variation of conditions, which if approved would allow you to work for an employer who is not an accredited employer.

For us to approve your variation of conditions, your employer would need to pay you at least NZD $55,000 a year (before tax).

Application for a Variation of Conditions or a Variation of Travel Conditions (INZ 1020)

Study

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

Keep your visa in a valid passport

If you want to travel, your visa must be in a valid passport.

If your passport expires, you must apply to transfer your visa to a new passport before you can travel.

To transfer your visa, you must:

  • send us your old and new passports
  • complete an ‘Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa’
  • pay a transfer fee.

 

Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa (INZ 1023)

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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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Candidate can apply for a work visa

Your candidate must meet certain requirements to be eligible for a work visa

These include:

  • be aged 55 years or under
  • be in good health
  • be of good character
  • hold full or provisional New Zealand registration, if it’s needed to work in their occupation in New Zealand.

Character
Occupational registration

If your candidate doesn’t meet these requirements, they won’t be eligible for a work visa. If your candidate can meet these requirements, they’ll be eligible to apply if they also provide a job offer from an accredited employer.

Accredited Employer List

Job offer

You must provide a written employment agreement, which your candidate will need to support their application

The offer must:

  • be current at the time they apply for a visa
  • be for full-time work
  • be for 2 years or more
  • pay at least NZ $55,000 a year (before tax)
  • be for work in your core area of business activity
  • make you directly responsible for your workers and the work that they do – this includes supervising your workers and paying their wages.

 

Employment agreements must also include:

  • your name and contact details
  • your candidate’s name and contact details
  • the job title
  • the address the work will be carried out
  • the kind of work your candidate will be doing and their responsibilities at work
  • details of any qualifications or work experience your candidate will need to do the work
  • information about whether your candidate will need New Zealand registration to do the work
  • how long the work will be for
  • how long your candidate has to take up the job offer
  • pay and work conditions that comply with New Zealand employment law.

 

Employer responsibilities and obligations

Employment agreements and rights

The minimum pay of NZ $55,000 is based on a 40 hour week. Any extra benefits like uniforms or medical insurance, or any extra hours of work must be paid on top of this.