Information about 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

Length of stay

Up to 30 months


With this visa you can

  • Work in New Zealand for the accredited employer who offers you work. You may still be eligible if the employer’s accreditation has already expired.
  • Apply for residence after 2 years of working for an accredited employer.

Things to note

  • You can only apply for this visa if you have already held a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa and you either are waiting for a decision on your Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa application, or you worked in the role the visa was issued for, were overseas when the border closed on 19 March 2020, and only returned after 31 October 2021.
    If you have a New Zealand work to residence visa
  • This visa will be replaced by the Accredited Employer Work Visa from 4 July 2022.
  • 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.
    New employer accreditation and work visa
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

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

Acceptable photos

If you submit a paper application, provide your original passport or a certified copy.  We can usually process your application faster if you provide your original passport.

If you apply online, you must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. We will let you know if you need to send your passport after you've applied.

Sending your passport for online applications

Also provide a copy of your Identity card.

Also provide your:

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

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 270KB

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 450KB

Character

You must be of good character

If you are 17 or over, you must provide a police certificate from:

  • your country of citizenship
  • any country you have lived in for 5 years or more since you turned 17 years old.

Good character

How to get a police certificate

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.

Making another application

You must already have a current or expired Long Term Skills Shortage List Work Visa and meet one of the 2 criteria for reapplying

You meet the criteria for reapplying if you either:

  • are waiting for your residence application under the Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa category to be processed, or
  • have been unable to complete the visa’s work requirements because you were outside NZ when the border closed.

If you are waiting for your residence application under the Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa category to be processed, you must:

  • hold a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa at the time you apply
  • have made an application for residence under the Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa category and be waiting for a decision
  • have a job offer for a period of at least 12 months, from the same employer that is supporting your residence application.

If you have been unable to complete 24 months of NZ employment because you were outside NZ when the border closed, you must:

  • have started work in New Zealand while holding a Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
  • have left New Zealand before 19 March 2020 and returned after 31 October 2021
  • have a job offer for a period of at least 24 months, from either an accredited employer, an employer whose accreditation expired after 31 March 2021, or from the same employer that supported your initial Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
  • be in New Zealand when you apply.

New Zealand job offer

You must have a job offer

Your job offer must:

  • be current at the time you apply for your visa
  • be for full-time work
  • pay at least the minimum base salary that was in place when you applied for your initial Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa - either NZD $55,000 a year (before tax) if you applied before 7 October 2019, or NZD $79,560 a year (before tax) if you applied on or after 7 October 2019
  • 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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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 your visa is granted, you have 3 months to arrive in New Zealand, if you are not already here.

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

Work

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

If you want to change employer after you're granted a work visa, you can apply for a variation of conditions.

For us to approve your variation of conditions, your employer would need to pay you at least as much as the salary threshold that was in place when you applied for the work visa - either NZD $55,000, or $79,560 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.

Transferring my visa to a new passport

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)

Fees, decision times and where to apply

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 NZD $79,560 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 NZD $79,560 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.