Information about Vietnam Special Work Visa

If you’re a citizen of Vietnam and you've been offered work in New Zealand as a chef or engineering professional, you can apply for this visa. You must have the necessary qualifications, experience and occupational registration to do the work you've been offered.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Up to 3 years

Quota

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

  • 100 Vietnamese chefs
  • 100 Vietnamese engineering professionals

You can

  • Come to New Zealand to work as a chef or engineering professional.
  • 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. 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

Citizenship

You must be a citizen of Vietnam

You must provide a valid Vietnam passport.

Location

You must be living in Vietnam when you apply

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

  • current utility bills
  • recent pay slips.

If you’re already in New Zealand on a Vietnam Special Work Category visa and you’re applying for another visa under this category for the balance of the 3 year maximum, it’s OK to apply while in New Zealand.

Ordinarily resident

You must live in Vietnam permanently

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

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

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 the work you’ll be doing as a chef or engineering professional
  • your employer’s name and contact details
  • details of your pay and other conditions of your employment
  • your working hours
  • the length of your contract
  • details of any qualifications, experience or occupational registration you’ll need to do the work.

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 has the appropriate Skill Level for us to grant you a visa under the Vietnam Special Work Category.

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

If you’re an engineering professional, your job offer must be assessed as ANZSCO Skill Level 1.

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.

If you’re a registered nurse, we don’t use ANZSCO to assess the skill level of your job offer.
For more information about the ANZSCO, visit:
Australian Bureau of Statistics

Qualifications (chefs)

You must be qualified to do the work you’ve been offered

You must have a qualification or practical work experience relevant to your New Zealand job offer as a chef.

Your evidence may include a certified copy of:

  • your qualification
  • a letter from your current or 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

Qualifications (engineering professionals)

You must be qualified to do the work you’ve been offered

You must provide a certified copy of either:

  • a bachelor’s degree (level 7 or above) and registration on the International Professional Engineers Register or Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Engineers Register
  • a Washington Accord accredited engineering degree.

Overseas qualifications are assessed for their equivalence to New Zealand qualifications by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

For more information on the NZQA, visit:

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

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.

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 on a Vietnam Special Work Category visa for 3 years, you can only apply for another Vietnam 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.

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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 work as a chef or engineering professional 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
  • include a detailed job description
  • set our their pay and other conditions of employment
  • include your name and contact details
  • set out their working hours and the length of their contract
  • detail any qualifications, experience or occupational registration needed to do the work.
  • 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 an engineering professional, your job offer must be assessed as ANZSCO Skill Level 1.

 

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